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Jamalpur farmers rear 20-maund bulls ahead of Eid-ul-Azha

  • Published at 09:27 pm July 28th, 2019
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Farmers in Jamalpur are rearing bulls keeping the upcoming Eid-ul-Azha in view Dhaka Tribune

Out of the four bulls, the largest of the pack weighs 20 maunds, or roughly 746 kilogram

At least four bulls are being reared at Jamalpur Sadar upazila's Nandina Bazar by a local businessman and his brother, to be sold for the Eid-ul-Azha next month.

Four years back, Ariful Islam, and his brother Ashraf started to rear cows, and goats inside a small warehouse, which was later converted into a cowshed. Late Maj Gen Khalilur Rahman (retd) owned the warehouse.

Saidur Rahman, another trader in the area, said Arif had procured four bulls of superior breed, and 20 goats of similarly superior quality.

"I feed my animals regularly with the highest quality feed," said Ariful, "For instance, I feed them green grass, hay, chaff, rice and salt-water, which fattens them organically. I intend to sell them this Eid."

Out of the four bulls, the largest of the pack weighs 20 maunds, or roughly 746 kilogram. Arif and Ashraf intends to sell it for Tk12 lakh.

The second largest weighs 12 maunds, or roughly 447kg, which will be sold for Tk10 lakh. The third, weighing 10 maunds, will be sold for Tk8 lakh, while the smallest weighing 6-7 maunds, is to be sold for Tk6 lakh.

Bangladesh has a total stock of 11.18 million cows, buffaloes, goats, and sheep ‘ready for Eid slaughtering' this year, which is slightly up from the previous year.

Preparations have already been taken, including the sacrificial animal stock, to supply healthy goats, sheep, buffaloes, and cattle in markets for Eid-ul-Adha.

4.58 million cows and buffaloes, 7.20 million goats and sheep, and a large number of other sacrificial animals will be available this year to be slaughtered, department of livestock services (DLS) confirmed the figure at a meeting held recently.

Earlier, the number of illegal entry of Indian cows was 2.4 to 2.5 million annually, however, only 92,000 cows had entered Bangladesh in 2018.