See how Eid-ul-Adha celebrations left bull and ram prices soaring 
See how Eid-ul-Adha celebrations left bull and ram prices soaring 

See how Eid-ul-Adha celebration left bull and ram prices soaring 

This year’s Eid-ul-Adha celebration triggered a surge in prices of bulls and rams as Muslims commemorated prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son Ismail as an act of obedience. 


The sudden spike in demand for these sacrificial animals has led to a significant increase in their prices in Asesewa in the Upper Manya Krobo district, with several sellers cashing in on festive fervour to reap hefty profits.  

Reports show the price of cattle, rams, and other sacrificial animals has also risen across various parts of the country. 

According to Islamic tradition, Eid al-Adha, popularly known as the “Festival of the Sacrifice,” is the holier of the two Islamic holidays celebrated globally each year.  

Mr. Basaru Tanko Khalid, a livestock farmer at Akateng in the upper Manya Krobo district of the Eastern region, told Ghana News Agency in an interview that the spike in the dollar has further boosted the prices of animals including rams, bulls, cows, sheep, and camels. 

“Depending on what you can afford, my rams start from GHS 3,000.00 to GHS 5,000.00, and my cattle vary from GHS 7000.00 to GHS 30,000.00,” he stated. 

“We have also raised the price because raising animals is very time-consuming, and the veterinarian officers’ medications have become more costly; otherwise, I would lose money.” 

He pointed out that everything had become expensive and that the government should take targeted measures to lower the cost of veterinarian care and other expenses related to raising animals. 

“I used to raise fish and poultry, but I had to stop because feed prices had skyrocketed and I was unable to continue,” he added. 

“For that reason, I started raising rams and cattle because I won’t have to spend any money on feed other than grasses and other materials like plantain and cassava peels.”  

Another seller, Mr. Salifu Inusah Kwaranga said that instead of concentrating only on chicken, the government ought to look at the entire livestock sector. 

He noted that although the cattle business was lucrative, people who were not patient and determined would lose focus since it is a demanding, long-term economic venture, and that it required government support. 

“I bought a bull for GHS 10,000.00 but between 2016 and 2020, the same size of  bull was sold for GHS 3000.00 to GHS 4000.00 cedis, but today it has been tripled, and when you ask why it is so expensive,” he stated. 

He explained that “everything, including the cassava and plantain peel they get from the chop bar operators, are being sold at higher prices.” 

Mr. Muniru Shaibu, who buys and sells goats, lambs, and bulls, stated that even a goat costs more than GHS 2,000.00 in the Afram Plains. 

He noted that the bull market price was expected to increase from GHS 20,000.00 to GHS 50,000.00 next year due to the poor economy caused by rapid depreciation of the cedi. 

His business partner, Nailah Asamawu Rashid remarked that they ended up with sheep because they had expected to get a bull for 3,000 cedis. 

“It has taken us by surprise how the price has risen out of nowhere, and if the government does not intervene, things will spiral out of control,” she added.  

She also mentioned that, given the current high prices in the country, she was wondering how she could earn money for Hajj in 2025. 


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