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The countdown for Sacrifice Feast (Eid-al-Adha) has begun.

From next week, animal markets will be established in metropolitan cities. This year, a total of 4.5 million sacrificials (qurbans) will be sold, of which 3 million are ovines (small cattle) and 1.5 million cattle. While the prices in small cattle range from 1,500 to 3 thousand liras, it starts from 10 thousand in cattle and goes up to 70-80 thousand. Live kilograms of cattle are between 26-30 TL and live kilograms of small cattle are between 32-34 TL. The sacrifice donation prices of foundations and associations vary between 900 and 1,800 TL. Large and chain markets, which have come to the fore with the sale of sacrificial animals in recent years, have started their preparations this year as well. The prices of the markets, on the other hand, vary between 1,900 and 2,100 TL per kilogram and 9 installments are offered to the buyers.

Prices increased by 20 percent!

Stating that the prices increased by 20 percent on average compared to last year, the breeders said, “Our costs have increased by 100 percent. The feed has increased from 80 TL to 165 TL in 6 months. It is not possible to raise the same rate, then we cannot sell it, we keep the animal. That’s why we increased it by 20 percent.”

Indicating that the sale of animals started before they landed in the market, the breeders added, “One month ago, citizens would call us and get the share. However, compared to the same period of last year, purchases decreased by 20 percent this year. We think that the pandemic has had an impact on this. The holiday bonuses given to retirees in recent years have also contributed to our sales. It has made a very positive contribution. It will have an impact this year as well.”

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