IPOH, Ahmad Abqari Mat Ariffen, 28, was offered RM26,000 for his Charolais Lunaparc bull, but despite, the lucrative price, he refused to part with the animal which he called “Jays”.
It is because he has grown so fond of the three-year-old bull which now weighs 1,103 kilogrammes.
He said Jays is the biggest cow he has ever owned in his 10 years of being in the cattle rearing industry.
"In June year, someone offered to buy the bull at that price. Thge price is good, but I don't have the heart to sell it yet.
“There are a lot of sentimental values and memories that I have grown so fond of him. Jays' is the biggest bull and he is very lovable,” he said when met by Bernama at the 2023 National Farmers, Breeders and Fishermen's Day (HPPNK) celebration at Bulatan Sultan Azlan Shah here yesterday.
Ahmad Abqari, the 11th of 13 siblings, said that one of the sweetest memories was when Jays won the 'King Of Sado' title at the 2023 Kelantan HPPNK celebration held at Pantai Irama Bachok in June this year.
“The title also qualified Jays to be crowned as the heaviest hybrid bull in Kelantan. Jays needs to be fed with eight to 12 kilogrammes of food every day,” he said, adding that he spent about RM2,500 every month on food and supplements to ensure his pet bull is healthy.
He said the Charolais bull, although it looked fierce, is actually a lovable animal.
"Many people think the bull is aggressive because of its size, which is big, but, actually it is easier to manage and friendly with people," he said.
According to Ahmad Abqari, a bull weighing about one ton can be sold for between RM15,000 and RM30,000 depending on its breed.
"If it's a Charolais type, it can go up to RM30,000, if it's a limousine and Belgian Blue, it's around RM18,000 to RM25,000," he said.
On his plans, Ahmad Abqari said he hoped to rear more Charolais bulls.
"At the moment, I only have seven from the Chalorais and Belgian Blue breeds,” he added.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency