Animal Buying Guide: Eid-ul-Azha 2018 0 731

Bakra Eid is right around the corner and it has everyone bustling around the Maweshi Mandi, trying their luck to find a healthy animal that will not only look good in the yard, but also on on the barbecue grill. But finding an animal which is fully fit and without any complications is like finding a needle in a hay-stack. Jokes aside, here are some pointers you should consider when buying your Eid ka Janwar

Age

When it comes to sacrifice, Islam has guided us about the minimum age of the animal, which differs according to the specie.

  • Cows should be at-least 2 years old or should have teeth
  • Goats should be at least 1 year old or have teeth
  • Camels should be a minimum of 5 years old.
  • Sheep should be between 6 months to year

Structure

The symmetrical formation of the animals is necessary and must have a balanced look from all angles. The length and width of the back is considered an important aspect because the back meat (Loin) is what’s most appreciated about goats and cattle. The bigger it is, the meatier your animal will be.  Cattle conformation will help you identify the structure of the animal better and make a relevant choice.  Features like front and hind leg’s shape, head, neck and physique define the conformation.

Health

Health is an important element to consider when purchasing your animal. And with the readiness of animals getting sick, checking for certain aspects will help you buy a safe and healthy animal.

  • Check if their legs are muscular and straight when viewing them from front and back.
  • Analyse the eyes for their brightness, if they don’t look bright, the animal might be sick.
  • Examine the mouth to check the alignment of the teeth with the upper dental-pad.
  • Check the ears and the nose to check their clarity. Any sort of nasal discharge proves the animal’s sickness.
  • Scruff the fur and check for any fungal infections (ringworms) or Parasites (Lice) and Ticks that can cause blood related problems even leading to Congo Virus.

Other Considerations

Beside health issues, there are other considerations that have to be abide by, else the sacrifice will be void. Animals, having the following issues cannot be considered for sacrifice, hence check for

  • Tempered eye-sights (blindness or having just one eye)
  • Broken limbs, horns, teeth, and cropped ears
  • Animals that are emaciated (weak) and having bone-marrow issues.

Keeping these things in mind, we hope you will check out the Mandi with a lot more confidence knowing the Do’s and Don’ts of Buying the Perfect Animal.

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