Camels | Sales | Training | Export
We select from the best camels in Australia inspecting for health, beauty and temperament.
We are the only experienced, dedicated, professional, and organised camel mustering team in Australia, supporting Aboriginal employment.
We are the only company which can provide clients camels from the vastest camel populations this country has to offer with a follow up service that provides transportation, training, quarantine and delivery.
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The Ngaanyatjarra Lands have had a long association with camels. Ever since the first non-indigenous explorers travelled the land, the camel has demonstrated its suitability in the country. Local Aboriginal people travelled by camel in the period between doing everything by foot and when the first motor vehicles and roads became available. The camels were released, and since that time, the camel population has increased to approximately 300,000 in the region.
In August 2012, the Ngaanyatjarra Council board signed a joint venture with Central Livestock Management to form the Ngaanyatjarra Camel Company. The company's role is to muster and sell feral camels. In 2015, the Ngaanyatjarra Camel Company teamed up with Camel Treks Australia to commence the export of trained camels. Both companies are opposed to camel culling and support a camel industry that employs the local Aboriginal people.
National and International sales
The Ngaanyatjarra Camel Company and Camel Treks Australia are developing an export industry from the Ngaanyatjarra Lands. The goal is to bring the wild camel herds in the region under management and to develop a domestic camel industry from these well-adapted animals.
We have successfully exported camels from the Ngaanyatjarra Lands to the United Arab Emirates and look forward to exporting to other countries in the near future. Every camel is unique, and each camel is assessed and handled respectfully based on its temperament and our clients' desired outcomes. This way, our customers receive the highest quality camels Australia has to offer. We work as part of a team with the industry's most experienced professionals.
Camel health and well-being
Our team takes pride in our commitment to the health and well-being of our camels. To this end, we actively seek out expert advice and mentoring to ensure that we are at the forefront of advocating for camel welfare and ethical treatment in the Australian camel industry. Our dedication to showcasing the healthiest camels in Australia is a testament to this commitment.
We are proud to have Professor Rafat Al Jassim as our dedicated camel advisor. With over two decades of experience in nutrition biochemistry and gut microbiology, Professor Al Jassim is a respected authority in his field. He is currently an Honorary Associate Professor at the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Camelid Science. Recently, he was elected as the Chairman of ISOCARD, the International Society of Camelid Research and Development. With his expertise and guidance, we are committed to providing the highest standards of camel health and welfare in the Australian camel industry.
Stages of camel training
Compulsory Quarantine, Veterinary Inspection, Basic Handling Package
The camel is trained to respect and understand yards, stand safely inside a standard cattle crush for up to 20 minutes, and allow veterinary inspection treatments, and blood tests etc. Slow confined space training is taught during the quarantine period to ensure safe and injury-free trucking and transportation. These are essential basic handling preparations.
Dairy Farm Package
The camel is trained to accept verbals commands, ( we may request and use key words in clients preferred language for export trained camels ) accept being haltered & led, accept having its head touched and be well prepared for staff and veterinary handling
The camel is further educated to be gentle and calm with humans and is taught to follow key verbal commands without the need for physical restraints. Lots of leg and udder handling.
Zoological Park and Tourism Package
The camel is taught to sit on verbal command into its couched, or seated position, which is the preliminary lesson for commencing riding training.
The camel is taught to lead in a string with other camels, fostering a cooperative and social behavior.
The camel is introduced to the saddle, weight of the saddle, weight being added to the saddle, and finally, the moving weight of a rider being in the saddle, all in a positive and reassuring environment.
Camels are taught to stand, properly lead, turn, and accept moving beyond the safety of the training yard while carrying a rider, and to remain relaxed and at ease with human riders.
Camels are taught to get up and down with riders while in a camel string, as per tourism operations. They also learn that riders may be on the camels in front of them, behind them, or next to them, and that these are all positive and enjoyable experiences.
Camels are further educated and exposed to the various sights and sounds they may encounter when being approached and ridden by tourists, in a positive and gentle manner. This final stage is vitally important, as it ensures that camels remain calm and relaxed when interacting with excited and curious tourists. Therefore, it is our role as trainers to pre-expose camels to the various possibilities that may await once they commence public life, in order to ensure their continued comfort and safety.