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« on: Feb 27, 2008 09:43 PM »



Due to so many requests for lamb and goat I am seriously considering raising up
goat and lambs for families.
It's amazing, once word got out I have a farm other sisters and brothers
are asking if I have a goat or lamb for meat or if I can refer them to someone
who does.

I'm considering raising them for the Muslim families in my area and I have a few ideas
and was hoping to get opinions and suggestions.

Ideas:

1) One thing that concerns me us up front cost and feeding an animal
3 to 9 months before seeing income to buy more hay and feed.
Many people charge a non refundable up front fee.
If a goat is going to be $150 in the end a farmer usually asks for
1/3 or 1/2 up front and that goat is raised for that family.
Would that be ok with most or would it be frowned upon with most folks?

2) I am moving and will be 2 1/2 hrs from the main population and was thinking I can raise these animal
and have one day that I haul them over to the families that want them.

3) I have been thinking of a halal meat get together on the farm.
Have a weekend where families can come and bring their children.
Children can play on the swings and with baby critters, sisters can socialize with other sisters,
We can have a halal picnic while the men butcher their animals or some to pick them up.
This is something I can do 3 times a year, it would be a nice get together.
I was thinking I could even get a huge tent where the sisters can go where they would not have to be covered.
Maybe even on of the HUGE ones where a pool can be put in and sisters and young children can swim.
I thought this would be a real nice get together for the Muslim community.

4) What is the going rate for a goat or lamb in the 100 to 200 lbs range?
I know it will vary from area to area, but would like
to hear what everyone's paying.
I know locally lamb is over $6. to $7. plus a pound.
I think I can raise it and cover my costs for about $2.00 to $2.50 a lbs not including
butchering and wrapping.
If I wanted to make is a business where I made a profit for my labor I could charge
$3.00 to $3.50 a lbs. (??)
There is a local butcher who allows Muslims to come and
pray and start to slaughter and then when we are done he will
cut and wrap to the families specifications.
I think that runs approx .65 cents a lbs to cut and wrap.
 And many families wan to their own cut and wrapping.
Which saves.

I'm very much looking forward to hearing ideas, opinions and suggestions.
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« Reply #1 on: Feb 27, 2008 10:25 PM »

Other ideas I have that I'd like input on.
I can also raise veggies and herbs to sell.\
During a Halal Meat day on the farm activity children can bottle feed\
baby goats  Smiley Play games,
I can figure out some barrier type deal where sisters can eat outside on picnic tables.
Some may not even feel the need to be apart if in hijab.Can you all tell my mind is going 100 MPH Cheesy
It just kind of surprised me how many once they find out
I farm and have livestock, ask for meat animals. purplehijabisis
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« Reply #2 on: Mar 01, 2008 03:12 PM »

I don't have advice to give you, but I would say that I would definitely buy the meat. 

I have a friend who is in Alabama.  They have some land and have a few cows at a time.  Sometimes they give me that met when they get it halal slaughtered.  There is a big difference between that meat and even the meat we get from halal butchers in the city (not that its bad but its just that the farm one is better). 

The closest farm to us that raises animals said they would have it done for us but someone needed to go do the slaughter and say Gods name.  Anyway too many logistics, so we never did it.

I think if your prices (at least at first when you are trying to gain business) are competitive with other market prices, you will get customers.  When they realize the quality is much better, you will grow your business inshAllah
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« Reply #3 on: Mar 08, 2008 03:50 AM »

OK only one person answered this post,
so is this really a bad idea? I was just trying to think of a
social type event for Muslim families.

I did talk to a Halal Meat store owner and he said the wholesale
rate was $3 a pound  Shocked live weight, not hanging weight.  Shocked

He later called me and asked if I could provide him with 400 to 500 lambs a year? Shocked
And 200 or so goat. I can do the goat, usually I am male (buck) heavy.
And many goats have triplets, but sheep, I haven't the land for so many sheep.
But if I had, this would of been a huge blessing.
If it's meant to be I'm sure Allah will make it so.
If not, that's ok with me.

So, is my 'Day on the Farm' for Muslims a bad idea?
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« Reply #4 on: Mar 09, 2008 05:25 PM »

Assalamu alaikum

what a wonderful idea!  Maybe you want to talk to muslims in your area first to get a feel about their interest level in such an event.  You may also ask about what they would be interested in.

I think the kiddos will like to play with animals and chasing around chickens and rabbits Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: Mar 10, 2008 06:12 PM »



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During a Halal Meat day on the farm activity children can bottle feed\
baby goats  Smiley Play games,

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I think the kiddos will like to play with animals and chasing around chickens and rabbits

Although try not to let them connect the cute little animals with the meat they eat! There may be repercussions and some angry parents!  Wink

Wassalam
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« Reply #6 on: Mar 21, 2008 07:26 PM »

Salam everyone,

I think its a great idea to hold Halal food days on a farm. Its super important for children to realise that meat doesn't just come shrink wrapped it was once an animal. More and more children (from what my friends who are teachers tell me) do not know anything about animals, why we need Halal meat etc. So from an educational point of view its fab.

Halal picnics sound lovely. Maybe community groups can all come along with their children and have a day out?

Around Eid-ul-Adha maybe someone can tell the story of Qurbani to the children so they understand the importance of it (and the large part animals play in it?)

Just a though anway.

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This life is only a test-passing will equal Jannah, Inshallah!
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