In 1987, Dr. Ben Carson was the lead neurosurgeon of a 70-member surgical team that separated conjoined twins, Patrick and Benjamin Binder, who had been joined at the back of the head (craniopagus twins); the separation surgery held promise in part because of the hopeless existence had Carson not operated.
Conjoined twins are identical twins joined in utero. An extremely rare phenomenon, the occurrence is estimated to range from 1 in 49,000 births to 1 in 189,000 births, with a somewhat higher incidence in Southwest Asia and Africa. Approximately half are stillborn, and an additional one-third die within 24 hours.
Every now and then calves are born with a condition called contracted tendons. It results in the calf not being able to straighten out its front pasterns so they can put their hooves flat on the ground.
Calves that have this end up walking with their front hooves turned back. Some people refer to this also as knuckling.The most often mentioned theory revolves around insufficient room in the uterus for extension and growth of the tendons. Most believe it more often occurs in older cows and in bull calves who form a ball in the uterus. For long periods the ankles are bent back and the tendons do not stretch pre-birth.
Some say it may be mineral related. The minerals that may be involved are manganese and selenium. Vitamin D and E also play a part in muscle and tendon growth in the infantile calf.
Unfortunately, this condition does not have a well-defined cause or solution that I’ve been able to find.
Certain plants ( lupine, locoweed, bluebonnet, and poison vetch), if eaten by the pregnant female at just the right point in gestation may contribute to the problem.
The affected calf may straighten out after hobbling around several days, depending on the severity of the knuckling. It’s important in the first few days to make sure the calf nurses. Keeping the cow and calf in a smaller area is advised.
Many years ago at DCC a Buelingo calf was born knuckled. We let her attempt to correct and it was not humane. She began to get sores on the front of her ankles above the hoof from walking on the skin.
We carved two small boards about a foot long and rounded the corners. Both legs below the knee were wrapped with cloth. A big ball of cloth was placed on the joint above the ankle. The lower leg was stretched straight to where the calf could walk on the hoof correctly. Then the whole thing was wrapped with vet wrap. She immediately began to run and play.
In a week or so the splints were removed and no one would ever know that was a problem.
From veterinarian articles no appearance of genetic future occurrences were recorded.
Hopefully this will help when or if you ever have one. You don’t have to call Dr. Carson, just do it yourself. DD
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We are accepting nominations for candidates to the Board of Directors of the World Watusi Association for the fall 2019 election. There are 3 positions available. If you are interested or know of someone who would be please contact any member of the Nominating committee. Chairman; Garett Judd, email@example.com, 270.670.7787: Vernon Base, firstname.lastname@example.org, 620-747-0798: Cindi Darling, email@example.com, 417-634-4115. All nominations should be submitted by June 15, 2019. The 3 year positions up for election are those currently held by Pat Burnett, Sheri Gurr and Matt Moffatt.
SCS KING TITUS Registration WWA FP 4713
Foundation Pure Registered Ankole Watusi Herd Sire Bull.
6 years old. Currently located in Pierce City, MO. Current on vaccines, deworming, Asking $10 K.
Herd reduction sale. This beautiful bull has been our main herd sire for the last few years. His genetics are excellent and he has great conformation and demeanor. He is easy to work with and has consistently given us very nice healthy beautiful calves with lots of color.
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Under our FORMS menu we have available the submission form for measuring the horns of our animals. This is not a requirement, but we are attempting to build a data base with this information. Horns are obviously the most prominent feature of this breed and by setting up records we can use this information for marketing and breeding.
The fee for submission of this form to our office is $20.00 to cover the entry of the information on our database. The owner is welcome to submit their own measurement, however we do offer an Official measurement by qualified representatives. One representative can measure and submit the information on a live animal. A skull requires two representatives. We do have representatives available at our sanctioned auctions. Presently they will be at the Macon sale at Lolli Bros.
If there is an interest Blake Edwards is willing to offer a class at the Macon auction. Contact Blake at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 580-430-5050.
Robin Hancock our registrar wants to let our members know that there are new Registration Forms on the website as well as an updated Fee Schedule. She would like to remind all members that you can submit your photos of your animal to her by email, but that she needs to have THE ORIGINAL, SIGNED application sent in to the office with your payment. All too often she is receiving scanned copies by email and just the check in the mail.
Once again we are on the short haul to the spring sale at the Lolli Bros. Alternative Livestock sale in Macon, Missouri. www.lollibros.com
Many different species are offered at this sale over it’s four day duration. Our watusi cattle will be available in the ring on Thursday April 11. Be sure to attend.
We will also have our annual Spring Fling meeting and dinner as well as the spring meeting of the WWA Board of Directors The get-together’s including the Board meeting will be held in the community room at the Comfort Inn, 1821 N Missouri St, Macon, MO 63552. Board meeting will be at 4:00pm. All members are welcome. In addition to regular business items we will be discussing a revamping of our website. At 7:00 pm we will meet for our get-together and dinner. Once again we will be catered by Nolands with a taco and baked ham buffet. It would help if you are going to attend that you contact Garret Judd at email@example.com or (270) 670-7787 • Mobile with the number in your party.
After dinner we will have our Fun Auction of donated items. Please be creative and bring an item and your checkbook to buy. See you there.
It has been brought to our attention that some of our members are unclear on the instructions when submitting their applications for registration and photographs. Any missing information or incorrectly submitted information can result in a delay in your registration not to mention causing a backlog to our registrar.
All the spaces on the application need to be addressed each line is numbered and has instructions on the form. They are pretty self explanatory, but if you have any questions please feel free to call the office.
#1 We do still identify our animals by their gender. It is either an intact male, neutered male or female. Check the box.
#2 Name your animal. You can check online in our pedigree pages to see if a name you choose is available. No matter how much you like Daisy, there can only be one Daisy. Using a herd identifier is the best solution as you can still use Daisy. If you choose to utilize a herd identifier i.e. BSR for Big Sky Ranch be sure to count those letters and/or numbers in the total of 24 spaces allowed for the animal’s name.
#3 & 4 Physical identifying marks. Our registry does not require either holding brands or tatoos, although we do highly recommend their use. If you have any of these on your animal described them and their locations on these lines.
#5 & 6 Sire and Dam: All of this information is also available in the Pedigree section of the website for the sire the dam and their sires and dams.
#7 Your WWA membership number, you name and address. The name that you list is how your registration certificate will be recorded. This can have legal ramifications so be certain to think of that status prior to submission.
#8 Your signature
#9 Date of Application
#10 Type of birth. Natural, AI or Embryo.
#11 Number at birth single, twin or multiple. Although our form does not currently call for it, you should list the number and sex i.e. 1 bull/1 heifer.
#12 Description of color and pattern.
Parts of Animal Abbreviation
Color. When giving color descriptions, begin with the most dominate color. The description should be as short as possible and remain complete. For example, red with white spotted sides should be abbreviated as “RD w/ WH Sptd sides.”
Dun, Dull Grayish Brown DUN
Photos are one of the major problems all of us seem to have. It is a pain to have to take three different photos, but it is very important especially when we are not branding and/or tatooing.
These photos may be sent in physically or emailed to the office. There are some importance items to pay close attention to: