Easy and Fast vs the Difficult and Slow Milking Camels~The Arabs’ Traditional Knowledge


The Arabs know but the other not, like the cow, camel also has very special dairy traits. I hereby share the traditional knowledge regarding the special dairy traits of camels. These special dairy traits are about the easy and difficult milking; Fashoosh and Asoos/Ghamoos

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Courtesy of Kamahl, from Aldafra camel festival

 

Fashoosh 

The Naqa (lactating camel) is called Fashoosh when she has a sizable teat, easily adapted in hand, and having a loose orifice to make the milking easy. The emptying of the udder needs less time and less effort/power. Usually, the camel with this trait has good behavior and feel relaxed while in milking. Some breeds are more Fashoosh and well known among the people, such a Khawara breed

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Asoos or Ghamoos

The Naqa with strong and difficult teat is called Asoos. The orifice is very tough and the teats are very muscular and meaty. The size of the teat does not matter, can be small or big. The milking is difficult and takes more time.

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The native livestock keepers are the custodian of the genetic resources and the related traditional knowledge. The communities of the keepers of the gene are the traditional institutions, fortified with the wisdom and knowledge evolved in the millennia. The special traits are very crucial in sustainable use, management, and conservation of the genetic resources like that of camel. Occupy Gene Banks and Ensure Livelihood and Biodiversity

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Courtesy of Kamahl, from Aldafra camel festival

The ethonoterminologies are very meaningful to express the traits, certain managemental aspects, and harvesting/processing of the products. The Camels’ Terminologies Needs to be Re-establishedSuch terminologies and relevant knowledge need to be properly documented, reported and conserved for the generations to come. The Arabian society is very rich with the traditional knowledge regarding camels as camel was domesticated, evolved and managed by this community Nature Engineered Distinctive DNA to Beat the Challenge of Climate Change.

 

2 thoughts on “Easy and Fast vs the Difficult and Slow Milking Camels~The Arabs’ Traditional Knowledge

  1. some comments I received on facebook page on my article on Fashoosh and Asoos.
    Dawn Crawford I am not sure about camels but have milked many cows and very difficult alpacas. Thank you for pictures
    Raziq Ark Biodiversity I made this picture just to tell my experience and the native wisdom I learned from the local camel keepers.
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    Raziq Ark Biodiversity Also, easy milking takes less time and keeps a very healthy udder. The milk comes is very special in quality because of a stress-free environment.🍁🍁🐫🐪
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    Raziq Ark Biodiversity The native livestock keepers are very wise and their way of selection leads towards stress-free management system.🐫🐫🍁🍁
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    Raziq Ark Biodiversity I have not seen milking Alpacas
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    Raziq Ark Biodiversity
    Raziq Ark Biodiversity But I have milked sheep and goat

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