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Singapore to bring in Irish sheep for korban

40 per cent more sheep will be available this year for the korban ritual for Hari Raya Haji on Oct 5 as well.

SINGAPORE: Good news for Singapore's Muslims - there will be 3,500 sheep available for the annual korban ritual for Hari Raya Haji on Oct 5.

This is an increase of 40 per cent from the 2,500 brought in last year. The increment is due to the overwhelming demand received by the Islamic Religious Council (MUIS) last year.

For the first time, 1,500 sheep are being brought in from Ireland. The rest will come from Australia, Singapore's main source for the korban livestock.

Last year, MUIS brought in 500 sheep from Canada, as it was looking for alternative providers of the livestock. Irish lambs are relatively cheaper, costing S$575 each compared to S$757 for Canadian lambs.

This is due to Ireland's shorter distance from Singapore, and the higher consignment order also caused the price to be lower.

However, because of inflation, logistical costs and freight costs, the price of Australian sheep increased by 9 per cent to S$499.

More mosques will also be conducting the korban rituals this year - 24 compared to 21 last year.

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