Farm Interviews (5)
Blazing A Camel Trail
Author: Josh Robertson
Ask Rob and Karrin Campf how many animals they live with, and the answer is somewhat slow in coming. "Let's see," says Rob. "Five camels, 17 dogs, three birds, four wallabies, two coatimundis, one donkey, one draft mule, one zebra, 10 horses, eight goats, two tortoises, for pigs, three dear, and eight alpacas". When you live on a farm in Ohio that could be mistaken for the world's largest petting zoo, it's easy to lose count.
But ask the couple, who own the trucking company R-K-Campf Transport, how many International rigs are in their fleet, and the answer comes in a flash: 27 out of 30. They've owned a few different brands of vehicles in their 15 years of flatbed steel hauling, but these days there are International truck loyalists. "We bought our first 9200's around the year 2000," says Rob. "We found they're more cost-effective than other brands. We moved on from the 9200 to the 9900, and now will be replacing those with ProStar+ trucks. International let us use a demo truck, and we were sold on it."
Big rigs and exotic animals may seem unrelated, but for the Campfs, one wouldn't exist without the other. Forever Safe Farm is maintained thanks to the success of the business. The business, in turn, exists to fund their passions: their four daughters and the loving home they provide to adult animals no one else wants.
A Camel Dairy and Camel Milk Might be Coming Your Way Soon
Author: Tara Lynne Groth
~ Diane Guthrie
Walking down the aisles in the supermarket, most people don’t look twice at the alternatives to cow’s milk: rice, almond, goat, soy. But in a few months, you also may be passing a carton of camel milk. And there just might be a camel dairy not far down the gravel road.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) passed a bill in 2009 permitting the commercial sale of camel milk in the United States; once the required test kits and systems are in place and dairies begin to meet the FDA dairy requirements, we could start seeing camel milk for sale in stores as early as July or August.
Camel milk is garnering attention as researchers find a number of health benefits in its proteins, including being a safe option for lactose-intolerant individuals, easing symptoms of autism, having high vitamin C levels, and aiding diabetics. (For more information visit www.CamelMilkUSA.com.) Studies by the Diabetes Care and Research Centre in India reported camel milk can supplement approximately 60 percent of insulin for diabetics. With obesity rates increasing and diabetes following close behind, consumers will be searching for new products.
Farmers are looking to “milk” the approaching market, so a burgeoning cottage industry has appeared. Since it will be the first time in U.S. history when camels will be in dairies, savvy farmers familiar with the health benefits of camel milk are educating themselves on the unique care required by this exotic and surprisingly gentle creature.