Press Esc to close
Monday 27 March 2017
News updated at 9:46 PM IST

Bulls topple sheep sale this Bakrid festival

Bangalore: Oct 27, 2012 DH News Service

Price of mutton has gone up by Rs 20 to Rs 40 per kilo

Sheep and goats on sale for Bakrid at Chamarajpet on Friday. DH photo
As Muslims across the City prepare to celebrate Bakrid with traditional fervour on Saturday, meat merchants had a different story to tell: the reduced sale of sheep.

“People prefer bulls to sheep, so our sheep sales have gone down this season,” said Gangappa, a merchant who had brought about 50 sheep from Sira in Tumkur district. “We sold only around 20 in the five days that we have been here,” he said.

In spite of the dip in demand, however, the price of mutton has gone up by Rs 20 to Rs 40 a kilo as retailers also have to pay more. The price of a 15 kg-sheep is now around Rs 6,000 which is high even with the reduced sales.

A bull costs around Rs 20,000 but has more meat and can be shared among many more people. Even camels, which cost between Rs 50,000 to a lakh, are brought in from Rajasthan and other places for sacrifice by the affluent.

“We share one-third of the cooked meat with family while one-third is given to the poor and the rest is shared with friends and relatives. So a bull turns out to be cheaper and the meat quantity more,” explained Mueen Ahmed, a resident of RT Nagar.

Male sheep are preferred over females as they are believed to be stronger.
Besides, that way, the ewes could be saved for reproduction. In a year, an ewe gives birth to only one lamb.

People who breed sheep are common farmers as well as organised breeding farms such as the Veerakempanna Sheep Breeding Farm at Anur, Shidlaghatta taluk in Chikkaballapur district.

This farm rears an Australian breed of sheep that came to India 40 years back.
This variety is more expensive than the local breed of sheep, which cost around
Rs 11,000. They are rounder and bigger, and the texture of their fur is also different.
As many meat merchants in Shivajinagar say, Bannur sheep is the favourite among customers.

Amingad, Hindupur in Andhra Pradesh, and Kolar and Bangarpet in Karnataka are among the key places from where sheep are brought to the City.
Once the sheep is sacrificed, the skin, with fur, is given by many to Madrasas, which then auction them off for export.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, foreground, speaks to press in a court room in Moscow....

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, foreground, speaks to press in a court room in Moscow....

A huge fish that was found in the sea near Vijaydurg in Sindhudurg, Maharashtra on Monday....

A huge fish that was found in the sea near Vijaydurg in Sindhudurg, Maharashtra on Monday....

Jaime Yarza (3rdL), Head of Tournament FIFA and Javier Ceppi (R),Tournament Director, LOCFIFA....

Jaime Yarza (3rdL), Head of Tournament FIFA and Javier Ceppi (R),Tournament Director, LOCFIFA....

Indian players during the tea break at the 3rd day of last test match against Australia at HPCA...

Indian players during the tea break at the 3rd day of last test match against Australia at HPCA...

Guillaume Sicard, President, Nissan India Operations poses with the newly launched New Terrano...

Guillaume Sicard, President, Nissan India Operations poses with the newly launched New Terrano...

An ASHA worker holding the newborn baby girl, who was found buried-alive in a manure heap...

An ASHA worker holding the newborn baby girl, who was found buried-alive in a manure heap...

Preparations underway for the “Namami Brahmaputra” festival in Guwahati on Monday....

Preparations underway for the “Namami Brahmaputra” festival in Guwahati on Monday....

Tourists enjoying photography at Badamwari (Almond Alcove) in Srinagar on Monday. The almond trees..

Tourists enjoying photography at Badamwari (Almond Alcove) in Srinagar on Monday. The almond trees..

Nepalese army soldiers demonstrate their horse riding skills during the Ghode Jatra festival...

Nepalese army soldiers demonstrate their horse riding skills during the Ghode Jatra festival...

A group of devotees arrive to participate in the annual Urs of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer...

A group of devotees arrive to participate in the annual Urs of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer...

Like us on Facebook

Copyright 2017, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523