BANJARMASIN, S Kalimantan: Head of the Banjarmasin Agriculture and Fisheries Agency Lauhem Mahfuzi stated the city have prepared as many as 2,600 cows for the need of sacrifice on Idul Adha 1439 Hijriah, Antaranews Kalsel reported.
“The existing sacrificial cows are brought from outside the island of Kalimantan, mostly from Java,” he said in Banjarmasin on Tuesday.
According to him, the distribution of sacrificial cattle was carried out by distributors through cooperation with the agency from July to August.
“At the beginning of August there were 800 head of cattle, then around 400 came in recently and 200 will follow. Previously other stock are ready here to make a total of up around 2,600,” Lauhem said.
Some sacrificial cows, he said, are currently located in animal houses owned by the city government in the Basirih area, some of them are in the place of distributors or traders.
“We think the stock for sacrificial animal needs in this city will be sufficient, because the sacrificial animal stock of goats are also widely available, that is, around 1,000 head,” he said.
According to him, the sale of sacrificial cattle in the Banjarmasin market is currently set at Rp58 thousand per kilogram for life animal, not meat has been chopped.
Indeed, he said, the hunting of sacrificial cows at the official sales site in Banjarmasin was not so much because many residents are looking for sacrificial cattle themselves to neighboring areas.
“Because there are two regions in our province that have a lot of cattle farms, in Barito Kuala and the Tanah Laut, they are even cheaper,” Lauhem said.
“Therefore, the cattle traders in our city whose goods are from Java simply complain this, because they do not seld many, when people buy them directly to Barito Kuala and Tanah Laut,” he said.
He said, the health of sacrificial cows would be examined carefully before the slaughter, in which the animal health officials of his agency will tour on the the Idul Adha.
“Before the sacrificial animals are cleared, their health must be ascertained, we hope that the residents understands that,” he concluded.