The Camel Dairy Smits was established in 2006 by Frank Smith, then a student in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Below you can read about the history of the company.
Camel Milk Project
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) camel milk is one of the healthiest animal milks. FAO encourages therefore the production of camel milk.
In response, Frank Smith, examined in the course of his study at the Higher Agricultural School in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, whether it was economically possible in the Netherlands to bring camel milk on the market. It seemed so interesting to Frank that he started with milking camels.
In 2006 the municipality of ‘s-Hertogenbosch temporarily loaned ¾ acre to Frank. Here arrived in 2006 the first 3 camels from the Canary Islands.
After a boat trip of 5 days, the animals were transported from Spain to the Netherlands with a trailer, especially for camels.
At the end of 2006 the camels moved to the winter stable in Cromvoirt. There, in the spring of 2007, the first calves were born. Since then, camel milk is available in the Netherlands.
In September 2010, the Camel Dairy moved to Berlicum, to a large site with more space for more camels. In 2014 there are than 80 camels on the Camel Dairy! In April 2014 the Camel Dairy Farm opened a restaurant on the premises, where you can look into the stables when you are enjoying your meal in an Oriental ambiance.
The first aim was to investigate whether it was possible to milk the camels with a machine and to survey the possibilities for sales. The machines for milking the animals were invented by Frank himself. So now the animals are milked with an adapted cow’s milk machine.