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Continuing the Khasiyevs’ sheep dynasty

08.07.2020

The large family of the Khasiyevs is among the sheep farmers of Ushbiik rural district who have been breeding the famous Baiys sheep breed for decades. So, Khasan Khasiyev who is over 80-year-old, despite of his old age, has still been working at the farm. His younger brother, Khusan, who is going to celebrate his 80th anniversary next year, has not retired yet. Khusan Basnakayevich, the holder of the Kurmet order, helps his sons Ramzan and Beslan.

The deputy akim of the district, Yernar Beksultanov, during his working trip to Ushbiik rural district also got acquainted with the work of the sheep farmers from the Khasiyevs dynasty.

So, together with the akim of Ushbiik rural district Kurmangazy Musagitov, the deputy akim of the district visited the winter farm of “Khasiyev”, chaired by Ramzan, the eldest son of Khusan Basnakayevich.

With the direct sense of humor that mountaineers have, Ramzan told how his father advised him to open a separate farm.

 - When I reached the age of forty, my father told me: “Son, you are old enough to work independently and to have your own household”. That's how twenty years ago I had to move to Ushkumalakshi, built a house and a sheep stable here”, says Ramzan.

Now, after 20 years, Ramzan has 1800 heads of breeding sheep, of which a thousand is female sheep. 300 sheep breeders of one and a half year-old, 250 female lambs and 250 rams of the current year of birth. This year, Ramzan sold 500 heads of breeding young sheep to farms of Ayagoz and Tarbagatai districts on average KZT36,000 per head. Together with his wife Aizhan, they raised two sons. The elder Roman lives with his parents at Ushkumalaksha, the second son Rakhman lives in Ayagoz town, but always helps his parents if necessary. So, on the day of our arrival, Rakhman raked out the manure from the summer fold on the crawler tractor DT-75.  

Over the past twenty years Ramzan has been settled quite well. So, in addition to a sheep stable, he has a small repair shop with a set of equipment necessary for machinery repairing as well as a lathe, a slaughterhouse, and even a greenhouse where cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers and even strawberries are grown from early spring to late autumn. Moreover, friends and relatives from Ushbiyek come here for tomato seedlings. In a separate fold, according to the age and sex groups, there is a cast out livestock of sheep and cattle. The Khasiyevs butchers not only sheep, but also goats. According to Khusan Basnakayevich, a goat is the purest animal, goat’s meat and milk are healing, because of the fact that if a sheep eats any grass, goats choose what to eat. In order to maintain the breed qualities of Baiys sheep, and this is, firstly, the exterior - exhibition specimens - one-year-old female sheep reaches a weight of 80 - 100 kg, rams - producers - 140 kg, Ramzan spend much money to get the best producers from farms of the neighboring districts. The second indicator of the breed is clarified wool up to 22 millimeters. This is an excellent carpet wool, unfortunately, not yet in demand on the market.

If we take into account that Khusan Khasiyev has three thousand heads of breeding sheep in his Karaadyr farm, and in general there are about 16,000 heads of breeding stock in the entire district, you can imagine what potential of the valuable breeding sheep is concentrated here.

This is how the descendants of over half a million Chechens and Ingushes deported in the spring of 1944 who were forcibly resettled to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan and survived thanks to the hospitality of the local population, who shared the last piece of bread with those who arrived, live in the free Kazakh steppe. And they consider Kazakhstan to be their second homeland, and Kazakhs to be their relatives.

K. Zhaksybayev