Beef is the culinary name for meat from bovines,
especially cattle. Beef can be harvested from cows,
bulls, heifers or steers.
The condition of abattoirs ought to be neat and hygienic
if not it can pose health challenges to residents if not
properly taken care of.
The conditions of abattoirs in the state have become
worrisome over time. A correspondent visited the Kara
cow market near Lagos State along Lagos-Ibadan
express road and these pictures of the state of the
abattoir will surprise you.
There are different kinds of pointers that announce
arrival at the abattoir. One of such pointers is the
beehive of human activities going on around. Also there
are various groups of traders, cattle traders, foodstuff
s, water merchants, labourers (men and women),
intermediaries, butchers and others going in and out of
The smell from the abattoir, according to Mrs. Bolatito
Aina, a resident at Okobaba Housing Estate, is as a
result of the the blood and other wastes of the
slaughtered cows being evacuated from the abattoir
through these gutters that cause the smell.
The other parts of cow that are eaten include the oxtail,
liver, tongue, tripe from the reticulum or rumen, glands,
the heart, the brain, the liver, the kidneys, and the tender
testicles of the bull.
Beef is the third most widely consumed meat in the
world, accounting for about 25% of meat production
worldwide, after pork and poultry at 38% and 30%
Beef production provides many contrasts and
alternatives. Ranching, often with large sized herds, is
common on range-land, savanna or other terrain that is
suitable for grazing rather than for cultivation.
According to statistics the top producing countries of
beef are United States, Brazil, China, Argentina and
One would actually expect that in a place where a
common food is processed ought to be clean and neat
but these pictures tell a different story.
Credits: Information Nigeria