For Gueureum Yalla, Eid al-Adha is much more than a festival. It’s also an opportunity for this sheep producer to sell his animals, which are frequently out of reach for the average Senegalese. In Senegal, it’s also peak season for the sheep celebration known as tabaski.
“We are unable to sell tabaski sheep to breeders looking to improve their flocks. But once we’ve exposed them, it’s up to them to decide what they want to do. Because you come to the barns where people have promotions rather than going to a sheepfold to pay 2 or 3 million FCFA ($3,610 or $5.425) for sheep if you want to improve. They’re going to put forth competent, up-to-snuff males, just for the sake of everyone “, Yala told Wahany Johnson Sambou, our Senegalese correspondent.
He’s negotiating with this young customer right now. They end up agreeing on a price of 425,000 FCFA for this male breeder. So it’s a wonderful bargain for Pape Samba Sall.
“I was assigned the task of purchasing a racy sheep. I came discovered this young boy who is a very good male after seeing this tarpaulin. And I can confirm that this is a raise. He is quite cost-effective. I expect the person who sent me to rub his hands together. He’ll be overjoyed “, Sall explained.
The majority of Senegalese, however, is unconcerned about possessing purebred sheep.
Many people have already expressed their dissatisfaction with the high cost of sacrificial animals. However, local merchants vehemently denied the charges.
“Sheep for 500,000, 400,000, and 200,000 FCFA can be found here. There are also plans for 100,000, 80,000, and 75,000 people. It is not conceivable to acquire a sheep worth 200,000 or 300,000 FCFA if you locate one for which the owner has spent a lot of time and money raising it for six months. But, depending on their purchasing capacity, anybody can have their own flock of sheep “, added Cheikh Leye.
The market, on the other hand, will need to be well-stocked. During the Covid-19 period, this appears to be problematic. However, the Senegalese Ministry of Livestock has stated that 810,000 sheep will be produced this year.
The Islamic celebration of Eid al-Adha commemorates Ibrahim’s (also known as Abraham’s) readiness to fulfill Allah’s (God’s) command to sacrifice his son. Muslims throughout the world have feasts to commemorate this event.