Milk composition of bedouin camels under semi-nomadic production system

A. Y. Guliye, R. Yagil, F. D. Deb, Hovell

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A study of milk composition of camels from the Bedouin breed was carried out. Milk samples were obtained from semi-nomadic camel herds reared within the Negev desert of the Sinai Peninsula. Gross composition analysis of the milk samples indicated 6.5 pH, 2.79% protein, 4.81% lactose, 3.39% fat, 0.77% ash, 11.5% dry matter, 313.3 mOsmol/ kg osmolality and 47.2 mequiv/l chloride. The effects of month of lactation groups (Group 1 = months 1-4; Group 2 = months 5-8 and Group 3 = months 9 and over) on milk composition were not significantly different. However, parity groups (Group A = parities 1-4; Group B = parities 5-8 and Group C = parities 9 and over) showed significant difference (p < 0.01) for dry matter and chloride values. Parity group B had higher mean dry matter percentage (12.8) whereas chloride values were higher for parity group C (70.3 meq/l).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)209-212
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Camel Practice and Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2000


  • Camel
  • Composition
  • Milk
  • Month of lactation
  • Parity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology


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