Upper Hunter camel milk producer says drought tough even for the humped creatures

Dry conditions: Michelle Phillips' daughter Gabriella, 10, with camels at the property between Muswellbrook and Denman. Picture: Marina Neil
Dry conditions: Michelle Phillips' daughter Gabriella, 10, with camels at the property between Muswellbrook and Denman. Picture: Marina Neil

Camels can survive in harsh environments, but the drought in the Upper Hunter is making life tough even for the humped creatures.

“The harsh conditions aren’t an issue for the camels, but they can’t eat dirt,” said Michelle Phillips, who runs a camel milk business from her property between Muswellbrook and Denman, where she also has sheep and horses.

“Having to buy in feed is getting tough to do.”

Ms Phillips said the drought was the worst she’d seen in the 18 years she had owned the property.

The NSW government on Wednesday declared drought zones for the remaining part of the state not already in drought.

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