Up until now, we've been relying on two main animals to supply us with milk.

According to the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization, cows account for more than 80 percent of the world's milk production, with buffaloes a distant second at 15 percent.

Goat milk (2%) and sheep's milk (1%) are popular in some areas as well.


But in Minnesota, there's a movement underway to introduce another animal into the milk production business.

According to WJON, a group of Somali leaders in St. Cloud is working with officials from the University of Minnesota Extension to try and bring a camel milk dairy to the central part of the state.

There are currently an estimated 76,000 Somalis in the area who have been having a hard time finding Halal foods, which includes camel milk. Currently, a very limited supply of the milk is available for purchase from outside sources, at a whopping $12 per pint.

To gather more information about the prospects of launching the new facility, backers of the plan recently toured a camel milk operation in Colorado. Information from that visit has now gone into a feasibility study for Halal foods in Minnesota for use by any producers looking to start, or expand, their operations.

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