KUALA LUMPUR – The Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry said today there is adequate supply of cows and goats nationwide for Aidiladha on Thursday.
Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said the estimation was based on the imported quantity of cows and goats and the number of the livestock in the country now.
According to the Veterinary Services Department, there were 54,200 cows and buffaloes and 40,493 goats in stock for slaughter this month, he said.
He spoke at a news conference after opening the 2015 Livestock Asia Expo and Forum organised by UBM Asia Ltd taking place at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre here from today to Sept 23.
Also present were Director-General of Veterinary Services Dr Kamarudin Md Isa and UBM Malaysia chairman Tan Sri Dr Ahmad Mustaffa Babjee.
Ahmad Shabery said there was a need to slaughter 26,200 cows and 12,324 goats for Aidiladha this year.
Meanwhile, Dr Kamarudin said owners of dogs should subject their pets to periodic checks at the veterinary clinic to ensure that the animals were free from rabies.
“The Veterinary Services Department always worked with the Health Ministry in taking preventive measures. There is adequate stock of vaccine,” he said.
He said the Veterinary Services Department only put to sleep dogs tested positive for rabies and that so far the disease was confined to Perlis, Kedah and Penang.
Ahmad Mustaffa said the 2015 Livestock Asia Expo would present participants and visitors with not only the right business opportunities but also a “learning and sharing experience” in the industry. – BERNAMA