Buying a healthy sacrificial animal is always a tough task for urban buyers as they have to choose from a large number of animals brought to cattle markets for sale.
Livestock experts have given a few tips to amateur buyers on how to choose disease-free sacrificial animals from cattle markets ahead of this Eid-ul-Azha.Most of the urban buyers do not have enough experience to easily spot healthy and disease-free sacrificial animals. Taking this advantage, many dishonest traders try to sell sick animals when sales gain momentum.
Sick cattle may die anytime before the of Eid-ul-Azha and consumption of the meat of such animals is harmful to human health, experts warned.
They advised buyers to take service from veterinary teams working at cattle markets to determine whether the animals they want to buy are free from any disease. Though the use of steroids and harmful drugs for fattening cattle is prohibited by the Fisheries and Livestock Act 2010, dishonest cattle farmers are still using those to make their animals look attractive to customers.
Farmers often use high doses of antibiotics and steroids, the meat of these animals contain remnants of the chemicals which can damage kidney, liver, heart and other organs if the meat of such animals is consumed, said experts.
Dr ABM Khaleduzzaman, assistant director (farm) of Department of Livestock Services, told the Daily Sun that veterinary doctors will be available at the veterinary service centres at cattle markets where anyone can check any sacrificial animal.
He also gave some tips on how to identify disease-free cattle.The diseased cattle have trouble to breathe, saliva falls from mouth, do not want to eat, do not move and do not move tail, said Khaleduzzaman.
The noses of healthy cattle remain wet and such an animal frequently urinates and defecates. On the other hand, sick cattle are averse to taking any food, do not urinate and always lie down with drowsiness, he added.
The buyers have to check that the animal has no injury marks on it body, hoofs and tongue, broken horn, cut on tail and ear.
A healthy animal’s front part of nose is wet, it frequently urinates and pulls grass or straw in front of it. Sick animals do not take food.
The demand for local cattle increased after the Indian authorities in 2015 had intensified its drive against smuggling of cattle into Bangladesh.
High demand for cattle in the country has encouraged many people, including farmers and unemployed youths in cattle farming, resulting in a rise in production of local cattle.
Cattle and meat traders said the farmers made higher investments on cattle this year in hopes of higher profits from the sales bonanza ahead of Eid-ul-Azha.