An audience in white plastic lawn chairs waves fans in the heat as the announcer calls out each animal’s measurements and owner’s name.
Each ram competing on ‘‘Khar Bii’’ is graded on a series of physical criteria — including up to five points awarded for the symmetry of its testicles and another 5 points possible for the quality of its coat. How well the sheep marches with his owner is another 10 points.
And overall size is key: Papis General Fall at 225 pounds (102 kilograms) failed to advance, and the neighborhood prize went to Alassane — a ram weighing in at 280 pounds (127 kilograms).
The victor had a snow-white coat and red collar with his name embroidered in green and yellow letters — the colors of the Senegalese flag.
Even for the sheep who don’t win cash prizes, there is still plenty of love. Lamine Diop, a 33-year-old post office worker, keeps a photo of Eto'o on his cell phone.
‘‘I treat him like a brother,’’ Diop says of the animal named for Cameroonian soccer player Samuel Eto'o. ‘‘A sheep is a part of the family. When the sheep is sick, it’s like a member of the family is sick.’’
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