Sunday, November 21, 2010

Cattle fair records highest bid of Rs 51 lakh

Nov 21, 2010, 10.53pm IST

AJMER: Standing tall at 68 inches, the two-and-half year old filly from Punjab, "Sundri" received the highest bid of Rs 51 lakh at the international cattle fair in Pushkar. The proud owner, however, wasn't too happy with the bidding amount, and was expecting to fetch nothing less than a crore for her. 

"Sundri is taller compared to her age. She is a well-built young member of the Khatiyawadi breed, and is expected to remain in demand," said the owner Sukhdeep, who chose not to sell the female horse. 

So it was another filly called Kajal traded for Rs 1.6 lakh that recorded the highest transaction at the fair. Till Sunday, the combined cattle sale registered at the fair is estimated at Rs 7.3 crore, much higher than previous year. 

Though Kajal was not among the highest-rated animals, she managed to fetch a price way ahead of the highest bid of Rs 1.11 lakh recorded last year. 

"Kajal belongs to the Nagauri breed, and could be fairly priced up to Rs 3 lakh. However, the buyer was able to negotiate and secure the deal for around half the price," said Pokaram, who sold his filly to a buyer from Hissar, Haryana. 

Pride and family status govern cattle buying activity at the fair. Most buyers came from Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. Local farmers were interested in purchasing camel and cows ahead of the harvest season. 

"Because of good monsoon, I wanted to plough more area in my field and therefore, purchased three camels," said Rattan Vashnav from Jodhpur. 

According to the husbandry department, till Sunday nearlt 3,352 cows, 472 buffalos, 9,419 camels and 5,339 horses were sold in the fair. The department earned another Rs 42 lakh from the sales of sugarcanes at the fair, an official said.