Around the Fez Medina this week, the bleating of sheep is a common sound - as it is all over Morocco and the Islamic world. With Eid Al Adha, or the Feast of the Sacrifice, fast approaching on Sunday October 5, on street corners small boys sell straw, charcoal and barbecue supplies, while their fathers and older brothers usually head for the souk to make the all important purchase. However, there is a new way to buy sheep - online.
This site, Sardi.ma, offers a wide variety of handsome sheep, which can be perused from the comfort of your lounge room. It's named after a specific type of sheep.
The Sardi is an iconic breed in Morocco. Sardi is located in the provinces of Settat and Kelaâ Sraghnas, with a geographical area extending across Umm Errabia, Tea Beni Meskine and Rhamna.
The male sheep is particularly popularfor the Feast of Sacrifice (Eid Al Adha) and occupies a prominent place in sheep farming in Morocco. It is easily recognizable because it usually has a white body with black patches around the eyes, over the ears and the ends of the legs. The male also has well-developed horns that are often white and black striped. The head, neck, abdomen and limbs are free of wool. Adult males range in weight from 70 to 100 kg and in females from 45 to 60 kg. Adult size ranges from 80 to 90 cm in males and 55 to 65 cm in females.