Sheep are displayed for sale at a market in
Livestock prices have gone up by 40 percent as the holiday season kicks in.
He said soup has always been one of his family's main dishes at iftar, and was something he was not willing to give up.
Traders are pushing up prices because of the high demand caused by the onset of the holidays, which includes the wedding season.
Several merchants and traders in
Some traders deliberately hold onto their cattle to sell at higher prices during the summer and month of
Some traders said prices are likely to continue rising throughout the summer to as much as SR1,400 for a sheep. But others said that this was unlikely.
They said the size of the Saudi market, after the decision to lift the ban on imports from abroad, to be around SR4 billion consisting of about 6 million head of sheep, of which 80 percent are imported.
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