Thursday, October 25, 2012

Eid increases demand for sheep and goats

On October 26, 2012, Muslims from all over the world will celebrate Eid al-Adha (in English, "Feast or Festival of the Sacrifice").

In commemoration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son to God, it is customary for Muslims to sacrifice (slaughter for meat) sheep or goats (or other hoofed livestock). The meat from the sacrificed animal is divided into three parts. The family retains one-third. Another third is given to relatives, friends, and neighbors. The other third is given to the poor and needy.

The animals that are slaughtered must meet certain age and quality standards. Usually, an intact male is preferred. The animal should be unblemished (no docking, castrating, or dehorning). It must be slaughtered according to Halal standards.

The date of Eid al-Adha is always on the same day of the Islamic calendar, but the date on the Gregorian calendar varies each year. This is because the Islamic calendar is lunar and the Gregorian calendar is solar. The lunar calendar is approximately 11 days shorter than the solar calendar, thus Eid al-Adha will occur approximately 11 days earlier each year. Next year, Eid al-Adha will occur ~October, 15, 2013.

Many sheep and goat producers market their animals in advance of Eid al-Adha, as there is usually an increased demand for sheep and goats among the Muslim-American community and the businesses that support it.

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