Export of halal goat in the works
Filipino researchers are fine-tuning plans to export ‘halal’ goat by ensuring that it conforms with strict “from soil to stomach” requirements.
Malaya Business Insight, quoting program leader Ruby Hechanova of the Halal Research and Development at the Sultan Kudarat State University, reported that the technology was field-tested for two years, subjected to laboratory analyses, and presented to ulamas, scientists and goat raisers.
Sultan Kudarat State University’s strict halal standards includes raising the goats a considerable distance from piggery farms, canals and toilets; having a slightly sloping terrain for easy drainage; setting up an area to quarantine newly-arrived animals for 40 days to avoid contamination; and ensuring a clean pasture area starting at 9 a.m. when moisture on leaf blades has dried and parasites have crawled back to the ground.
Hechanova said the herdsman must be a devout Muslim. Halal goats must not be mixed with non-halal animals, including during transport, and must be a good distance from non-halal facilities.
As for feeds, they must not contain bone, blood and meat from non-halal swine; drugs (antibiotics, dewormers and vaccines) should come from halal sources; and a withdrawal period of cleansing of at least seven days prior to slaughter must be strictly followed.
Artificial insemination and embryo transfer are allowed but the doe must experience natural mating at least once in her life before artificial insemination.
Female goats should undergo pregnancy tests to ensure they are not pregnant. The butcher must be a devout Muslim also.
During slaughter, the goat must be laid on its side preferably in the direction of the west, where the sun sets.