Meat

Meat, mostly eaten fresh, is the main source of animal protein for nomads of western Asia, northern and eastern Africa, and the Andes. Bactrian camel meat has coarser fibers than beef with low market demand.

Table 2 Body measurement and productive performance of adult camelids

Height at

Liveweight

Dressing percentage

Milk yield

Fleece weight

Species

wither (cm)

(kg)

(%)

(kg/day)

(kg/animal/year)

Dromedary, male

170 220

360 720

50 57

1.5 4.0

Dromedary, female

165 205

320 630

47 55

3.5 20.0

1.3 3.5

Bactrian camel, male

172 195

525 775

43 52

12.0 15.0

Bactrian camel, female

166 182

450 595

35 47

1.0 3.5

6.0 8.0

Llama, male

105 120

80 115

45 55

1.0 2.0

Llama, female

95 105

75 105

40 52

1.0 2.0

Alpaca, male

80 95

62 90

51 59

1.5 3.2

Alpaca, female

75 88

61 75

45 55

1.2 2.8

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