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

Courtesy of Kamahl, from Aldafra camel festival


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. The milk is considered as better in quality.

Fashoosh camel with the easy milking
Camel with this trait means very good milking Naqa (lactating camel)

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.

Ghamoos (difficult teat of camel)
The artistic structures tell the Ghamoos teats

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

Courtesy of Kamahl, from Aldafra camel festival

The above discussed 2 dairy traits are qualitative traits and had been found very useful in the selection of camel for milk. The camel herders in Africa and Asia know such qualitative traits very well and used as selection traits. The Arabian camel culture is even richer because of their very close link with this precious creature for millennia. Such knowledge is known as traditional knowledge (TK) and is the precious part of the camel’s kingdom. Therefore, I always suggest using the traditional Arabian terminologies for the different husbandry practices of the dromedary.

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-established. Such 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.

5 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.
    Like · Reply · 1 · 11 mins
    Raziq Ark Biodiversity
    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.🍁🍁🐫🐪
    Like · Reply · 1 · 11 mins
    Raziq Ark Biodiversity
    Raziq Ark Biodiversity The native livestock keepers are very wise and their way of selection leads towards stress-free management system.🐫🐫🍁🍁
    Like · Reply · 1 · 10 mins
    Raziq Ark Biodiversity
    Raziq Ark Biodiversity I have not seen milking Alpacas
    Like · Reply · 9 mins
    Raziq Ark Biodiversity
    Raziq Ark Biodiversity But I have milked sheep and goat

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