The shephard and the herd.
The Sebangkoi deer farm has been lined up as a tourist attraction in Sarikei. It will interest kids (eg: feeding times, touch and feel, baby deer (fawns)) and adults who are keen to understand how a deer farm is run (eg: caring, breeding, milking?, slaughtering). There's also the novelty factor of coming face to face with so many deer in one shot. (Grammar refresher: the plural of "deer" is "deer" just like the word "sheep". Who dreamed of such crazy grammar?)
Venison (deer meat) is not new in Sarikei. In the 60s and earlier, natives hauled their hunted wild deers to town to sell in the streets. In the 70s, there was a halal meat stall at the right of the current fish market's main entrance. They occasionally sold venison on top of the usual beef and mutton.
Who will be next on the menu? Who? Me? Oh deer!
About 20 minutes drive from Sibu, the Sebangkoi deer farm produces not onlyvenison, but also deer horn for the Chinese medicine trade, which can be worth asmuch as RM1,000 per kg. Visitors are welcome by appointment; call Mr Ting Sing Fee, Tel: +6 (084) 654573