Most sheep that are to be slaughtered for the Tobaski feast are
bought in Abuko which is just off the main road. This is often
a very stressful time for a lot of men as they often feel duty
bound to buy a big sheep even if they have to borrow money to
The cost of a sheep can typically be three to four times a manual
worker's monthly salary.
It is often advisable to buy your sheep at least 1 week before
Tobaski as prices tend to start to rise as you get nearer the
Eid Al Adha feast day.
For a decent sized sheep expect to pay between $350 to $400 per
animal though prices can be much
higher with rams particularly sought after. If you purchase
a sheep early do remember that you have to feed them "ngon"
(feed) which can cost around $4.50 per sack full.
Goats and sheep:
Free to roam the street, until sundown when they all return to
their respective compounds. Donít be startled by their loud baas,
which can be belch-like. Both animals are kept for Tabaski, a
major Muslim holiday that requires sacrifice of these bleating
Gambia Livestock Dealer's Association Abuko
Contact tel. no: 4394625
Department of Livestock Services, Abuko
Telephone no: 4472820 / 4472118