Several months ago, I posted an ad on Craigslist, hoping to market some of my sheep to Mexicans. http://panamacity.cr...4355811009.html
A Mexican guy did call but he is a Muslim convert. Jose came out to the farm and brought Dahmar, a Turkish guy, with him. Dahmar chose two Barbado rams, and wanted to kill them and process them on the farm. I agreed. That was back in October I think. Anyway, Jose and Dahmar came back two weeks ago and bought 4 more. Now I have more Muslim guys calling and emailing. "Muhammed", a really nice guy from Yemen, came out to the farm to look at the sheep and said he would be back, "Abu" said he would be coming to check them out and "Saleh" is coming Saturday to buy 5 rams. If this keeps up, we won't have to take any to the auction and pay those selling fees.
I've learned a few things so far. They usually want intact males. Dahmar wanted to know where the sun was as it was overcast the first time he came so I showed him where east was. He must have done some kind of ritual or prayer but, as I worked outside, I didn't watch them other than a quick glance once in awhile. When I loaned Dahmar the butchering rack I use for hanging deer, he wanted to know had it been used for pigs. I told him, no, just deer. He was OK with that. Just like in the Old Testament, pigs are considered unclean. Muhammed told me that they slaughter two rams when a male child is born and one for a female. I think something like that was done in the OT law wasn't it? He also said that people from his country of Yemen, and in Saudi Arabia, prefer goats, but sheep are preferred in countries like Egypt and Syria. Either way, both are "clean" animals. When I came back to check on Dahmar, I found that he had moved my donkey out of the paddock they were in, into a small gathering pen. I had heard that no other animals were supposed to 'watch' the killing. It was either that or "Wilbur" was pestering him while he worked. Knowing Wilbur, I would have moved him too.
Dahmar asked me why we have so many churches in my area because, where he was from, an area only had one mosque. He also wanted to know if our churches had "teaching". I said that we have Sunday School on Sundays, Bible study on Sunday nights. I also told him that I had three years of Bible college. That was not meant to 'brag' but merely to let him know that some of us "infidels" study our 'religion'. Maybe Dahmar will ask more. He seemed curious for some reason.
Edited by heartstrings, 22 April 2014 - 10:27 AM.