A Different Kind of Dairy


| 1/31/2018 8:34:00 AM


Tags: Dairy, Camels, Soaps, Lotions, Small Farms,

Country Moon 

Nestled in the green pastureland just outside of Milford, Indiana, local folks are seeing something new when it comes to dairy animals. Camels can be seen leisurely grazing at Luke and Amber Blakeslee’s River Jordan Camel Dairy acres on any given day.

“It is funny to watch passersby stop and do a double-take,” Amber laughs.

Jenny, Daisy, Ginger, and Journey, their four camels, officially arrived in June of 2017, but only after Luke and Amber had spent two years researching and fund building to make sure that this venture was the right choice for them and the camels and that it was feasible. Today their camel soaps and lotions are making a name for themselves and Luke and Amber couldn’t be happier with their business choice.

Ironically, it all started when Amber was mowing lawn one day. “Five acres are a lot to mow and I was thinking how senseless it was to mow it week after week when it could be put to better use. Even though we had previously had horses, we wanted something that would not only keep the grass down but also give back in other ways.”

They both grew up in the area and they both loved animals. Luke’s experience was more with goats, ponies and chickens while Amber’s mini farm consisted of horses, cows and pigs. Time and again their research pointed to camels as their animal of choice because of camels’ adaptivity to new situations and surroundings, both mentally and physically. Camels are not flighty, they take things in stride, easily figure out new routines and do not have many natural predators. Camel milk is naturally low in lactose and has been medically proven to help heal autism by healing the digestive tract.




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