Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Scenes - Sarikei Sebangkoi Deer Farm

Sarikei Sebangkoi Deer Farm, 2006.
The shephard and the herd.
(source: ?)

A deer farm next to Sarikei Sebangkoi Park? That's correct. It has been around since 2005 (?) and started with 60 deers imported from Australia. Now it supports up to 4 generations of deers and is said to be one of the most successful deer farms in Malaysia. (updated)


Sarikei Sebangkoi Deer Farm, 2006
The hunter and the hunted?


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?)


Sarikei Sebangkoi Deer Farm, 2006.
Herd mentality.


Sarikei Sebangkoi Deer Farm, 2006
High fantasy.


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.


Sarikei Sebangkoi Deer Farm, 2006
Rounding up the herd.


Venison is not sold everyday due to its high price of RM$20-30 per kg. During festive times like Chinese New Year or Hari Raya, newspapers like Borneo Post will run an article informing carnivores(!) on the dates of slaughter, telephone number for ordering and the place to buy (the market near the Nyelong River Esplanade). I tried venison during CNY 2007 but skipped it during Hari Raya 2007.


Sarikei Sebangkoi Deer Farm, 2006
Now, where's Rudolf?



Sarikei Sebangkoi Deer Farm, 2006
Feeding time.
Source: Eastern Times

Who will be next on the menu? Who? Me? Oh deer!


Update:

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

3 comments:

Laura Hii said...

OMG!!! i have not idea about that. Got deer (@_@')???

nelson said...

it's opposite sebangkoi park

do you know that we have a cow farm too? i meant the real big cows like new zealand's or canadians ones? it's across nyelong river if you take the road to bintangor, half way through, you take the right turning to meradong.

Sim Y said...

That's new to me.

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