The humpbacks (dromedaries) are in the place

The first three camels which constitute the pillars of Edwin Guyot’s future breeding arrived Thursday May 2 in the evening in Haute-Marne. The young man, who has a camelid hump, thus lays the first stones of his innovative entrepreneurial project: leisure activities and above all the marketing of a milk with extraordinary virtues.

With a hesitant step, almost annoyed during the first moments, the three camels finally set foot on Haut-Marne soil. That evening, the lush grass that grows so well along the banks of the upper reaches of the Marne River was wet. Docile, Carlos, Nacera and Niña took possession of their new walls, welcomed by smiles, caresses and compliments which quickly reassured them about their future. Edwin Guyot’s project is progressing well; it involves setting up a camel breeding facility in… Haute-Marne!

For him, camelids are not an unknown universe. At the start of the year, he represented France in a prestigious camel competition. At first glance rather absurd, his emerging breeding nevertheless holds up: ultimately, a herd of 80 to 100 animals which would make it possible to milk 15 to 20 camels per year, all on an area of ​​10 to 20 hectares. The planned activity offers the curious observer several aspects that are ultimately all judicious.

A camel needs ten times less water than a cow to produce a liter of milk. The milk in question turns out to be very low in lactose and is suitable for people with intolerance. It contains ten times more iron than cow’s milk. It contains as much vitamin C as orange juice. It is naturally rich in potassium, magnesium, copper, manganese, sodium, zinc. It contains more protein and less fat than cow’s milk, etc. It can be intended for food or cosmetics. Such projects are being developed all over the world. The camel milk market will be worth $13 billion in a few years. Why not a tiny part over here?

Even if it means breeding camelids in Haute-Marne, we might as well benefit the territory from all the virtues of the animal. The camel is like a horse… but better. For pet therapy which would be offered to people with disabilities, for example. To also accommodate children from local schools, in an “educational farm” type structure. For walks in natural sites: we start thinking about the National Park. Because the camel is particularly respectful of nature: it consumes little and is careful with its food.

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