ACTNews, SUMBAWA – As Eid-ul-Adha is only a few days away, people have been trying to provide the best animals to be sacrificed. Livestock raisers throughout Indonesia have been quarantining their animals so that they are ready to be sacrificed on the day of Eid.
The activities of preparing the best animals for qurbani can also be seen in two villages in Sumbawa regency, Penyaring Village in Moyo Utara sub-district and Labuhan Burung Village in Buer sub-district. Local livestock raisers have had their bulls ready to be sacrificed. These bulls, weighing around 250-300 kilograms, will be carried to Java Island, including Jakarta.
Saparudin, one of the livestock raisers in Penyaring Village, has prepared four of his bulls to be intensively taken care of. Evey day, these bulls are fed with the mixture of grass and cry corn cobs.
“It’s dry season now, so the amount of fresh grass isn’t as much as in rainy season. We have to mix it with dry corn cobs, as taught by the officers from the local department of animal husbandry. As for water, Alhamdulillah, the amount is sufficient. The bulls are properly hydrated,” said Saparuddin.
Until Monday (7/30), 40 cows have been gathered. Rusdi, a Global Qurban – Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) partner and the Secretary General of Indonesian National Livestock Sellers Association (PPHNI) Sumbawa said that 500 Balinese cattle from Sumbawa will be gathered prior to the departure of the Qurbani Ship.
“We aim to gather 500 cattle in 20 days at we have started gathering since a week ago. These cattle are gathered from eastern, western, and cenctal Sumbawa,” said Rusdi.
400 cattle from Sumbawa will be sent through the Qurbani Ship to Java Island, while the rest will be slaughtered and distributed to needy areas in throughout Sumbawa.
“Then, five days before the ship departs to Java, these cattle will be quarantined. At the moment, we haven’t quarantined the cattle yet for Balinese cattle from Sumbawa are known for their aggressiveness and they get stressed easily,” said Rusdi.
During the quarantine, these cattle will be fed and intensively taken care of. Rusdi added that the intensive treatment will also be done on the Qurbani Ship along the way to Jakarta.
“We have prepared livestock raiser team that will take care of the cattle until they are slaughtered on the day of Eid-ul-Adha. They will ensure that the cattle are healthy and at their prime condition,” said Rusdi.
The Qurbani Ship is slated to depart on August 14. Not only from Sumbawa, the Ship will also depart from Seram Island for Papua.