Camels milk the attention at new Gympie dairy
THERE are lots of camels at Camelot - at Gympie's Camelot there are anyway.
A new boutique camel milk dairy on Gympie's west side will be open for business by September, if all continues to go well for owners Wayne Morris and Melanie Fitzgibbon.
The Camelot Dairy's picturesque and still-secret location may be the key to the tourism business they intend to run one of these days, in conjunction with the camel farming operation.
"We've purchased our own pasteurising unit, so we pasteurise on the farm and we'll be selling the freshest milk possible.
"It's quite possible a camel could be milked this morning and you would be able to buy the pasteurised milk by 1 or 2pm.
"We got onto these beautiful bottles.
"People can keep them for other uses or bring them back. We sterilise them, refill, relabel and reseal.
"Because we value what we do so highly, having it in a plastic container was not something we wanted to do.
"Glass is so beautiful."
"We're supporters of Gympie Gold Regional Produce and hope to sell at the Gympie Town Centre Farmers Market, as well as through a small number of retailers, from the farm gate and online," she said.
And what about their four-footed partners?
"They are beautiful animals. Their whole relationship with us is built on trust.
"We started thinking we'd like to have our own milk, due to its amazing health benefits.
"But friends asked if they could have it also.
"Then our plans changed and we now have a very large family of friends and future customers.
"We celebrated World Camel Day on June 22 by having canapes at Camelot.
"It was a lovely evening, watching the sunset with our friends and our camels."
"Because I love the camels so much and my husband's a dairy farmer, we put the two together.
"I'm not a medical practitioner and I can't make health claims for it, but you can look on the internet and see that a lot of people do.
"They are incredibly emotional animals and if they're upset, they have the ability to shut the milk off.
"Wayne has the job of keeping them happy.
"They love contact. They love new experiences and they like to have a think about things."