Co-grazing Cattle and Camels

  • 60 pages

  • Published: 1 Jun 2001

  • Author(s): Phillips, Andrew, et al

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Australia is home to the worlds only large feral camel population. The feral population is descended from camels originally imported as a means of transport for Australia’s semi-arid and arid interior. Camels played a key role in the early European settlement of much of inland Australia, however the advent of mechanised transport saw camel usage decline and many were set free. Large areas of land in arid and semi-arid Australia are suitable for grazing camels and the feral population has continually increased. In other countries camels are used for a variety of purposes including transport, meat, milk and fibre, but until recently camel use in Australia was restricted to tourism and recreational purposes.