Good morning. We all had a great time at Macon and got quite a bit of work done. It was great to see so many watusi lovers. The Board of Directors voted to retain the percentage hardship program and we are continuing to receive applications on some very nice animals. We discussed at length the differing opinions on this program prior to making our decision. If you were hoping for a different result, please don’t feel we ignored your concerns. Any questions, suggestions or such for this or ANY of our programs and procedures are welcome and encouraged from everyone at any time.
More boring information from the Association….LOL. Many more registration applications keep coming in which is very exciting. We have new members, it is spring and we are getting new calves on our farms. Some of us are trying to catch up on long neglected paperwork (oops, guilty!). We can use snail mail to send in our applications, money and registration photographs but many of us have discovered the wonderful convenience of using email or texting to submit our photos. This is so wonderful and helpful from the old methods, BUT…
When sending in these photos please remember to include your name and the name of the animal that is in the photograph. Robin never wants to sound picky or pushy, but despite all of her wonderful qualities being psychic is not one of them. I personally, consistently forget to tell the sex of my calves (and horses and donkeys…). I have yet to find anyone that can guess without some input as much as I may try.
Watusi aficionados have watched and waited for a special bull that would add value to current genetics. Now Titan Wolf can do it. He adds all the color of Africa to a lateral horn spread (85.5″) clean into the next county. It may be time to start a serious AI Watusi program.
At Dickinson Cattle Co we are so pleased with the progeny of Titan, a one time special offer of half price on his semen is offered — just $25 per straw (USA only) for the month of May, minimum 10 straws, plus shipping. If you like these calves below, you will want Titan.
Well we should all be home after our Macon adventure. The WWA had a good sale with a number of young animals sold, a few adults and and several nice to very nice steers. Everyone had something to choose from. We will post some of the social media accounts and stories from our event. Here are a few to start with:
Could you please place our bull on the classifieds? I have attached his papers, a picture of him and a few pictures of his calves as well. We are wanting $2500 for him FIRM. He has had 5 calves this year so far, we run him with 7 watusi/corriente cows in the pasture.
I would like to put both these black & white heifers and the red & white bull calf on as well $1500 each. I need to get them registered also before I do. They are out of him and dams are not registered. I have included the registration papers.
The World Watusi Association has started a yearly scholarship to be awarded to a graduating high school senior. Details for applications for the 2018 scholarship will be posted at a later date.
We would like to congratulate our very first scholarship recipient, Olivia Woods, daughter of Lewis and Summer Deline of Reed City, Michigan. She attends Pine River High School.
Olivia received the green hand award along with outstanding junior and proficiency award for exotic animals throughout the FFA along with competing in the job interview competition, and making 4th in the state this year and made it to state last year. She has shown four different Watusi cows.
Olivia plans to attend State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology in Cobleskill, New York, for butchering.
Don’t forget that there will be a watusi sale on Thursday, April 5, 2017 at the Lolli Bros Exotic Sale in Macon, Missouri. There are some fine animals consigned. This is one of the rare opportunities to view and purchase a number of registered watusi in one location.
The World Watusi Association will also host their annual Spring Fling on Wednesday April 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm at the Comfort Inn in Macon, Missouri. All are welcome. Dinner will be served together with all the watusi gossip you can handle. We will also have our ‘Fun Auction’ of donated items including this year homemade pies. Bring your checkbook and the family.
Do any; of us ever wonder what other watusi breeders do in their ‘spare’ time. Richard and Pam Jackson, long time breeders and enthusiasts are just one example. Richard served on our board of directors for many years and Pam is currently our secretary. This is them in their private world.
As we go through our days we never know where something will get our attention from social media. One of our Board members, Don Morgan, shared a photo on Facebook asking if anyone knew where it was taken.
I checked it out and contacted the photographer to answer the question and see if he would allow us to publish it. “Hi Clint, Someone shared your lovely photos of watusi (ankole longhorn cattle) on Facebook. Where were these taken? Would you mind if we published them on the World Watusi Association website (www.watusi.org). If so do you have any story you would like to share with us? Cindi Darling”
“Hi Yes no problem. The fotos were taken in Western Tanzania. Unfortunately because of medicines and vaccines and poisoning of natural predators the herds are getting to big and they are being taken into the National parks and Game reserves to graze and now the herds men r poaching the wildlife. Very sad. Fotos were taken just outside Kigosi game reserve. It also seems they r immune to the tsetse fly carried sleeping sickness or Nagana as I know it.”
River Oaks Cattle Co. is offering for sale one of our Foundation Pure herd sires Billy Rae (WWAFP 2637). Billy was born on 4-29-2007.
He is dark chocolate in color, almost black.
Sire: Rockin-A-Lightning, WWAFP1898 by Rockin-a-Thunder Bolt, WWAFP1303 on the top side. Dam: M.R.Coca, WWAFP 2069 who is by Chinquapin, WWAFP1456 and also goes back to Spotted Bull. He has excellent blood lines,great conformation and attitude. He has truly been a pleasure to own and has provided us with great progeny. Our only reason for making this change is to introduce a new unrelated blood line into our herd. Selling price $4000.00 You can also find more stock for sale and see some of our animals at our website http://riveroakscattle.com/
I hope this email finds everyone well. I’ve owned my bull “Bar G Kato” for 1.5 years and have thoroughly enjoyed him. I’m down to only 2 breeding cows, I’m going to sell one of those soon (BWS Miss Tuli), and I have a lot of young heifers. So now that blood tests have confirmed both of my big cows are bred, I have decided to sell my big bull and let my heifers grow up and use a young bull. I have attached a couple recent pictures of Kato, his pedigree, and a few of the calves he’s had so far. Duane Gilbert owns a 2015 son out of Kato, I own a 2016 son, and Pat Burnett has quite a few 2016 calves out of him this year after leasing Kato from me last year. Kato not only looks great, he produces great too. He’s ready to work your cows now to bring color and horn to your offspring.
He’s a registered Foundation Pure Watusi Bull, the pictures of him were taken 10-11-16, his DOB is 8-25-11. His sire “Bar G Kulow” is a very successful Watusi bull owned by Duane Gilbert (Bar G) in Utah. His Dam “Dixie Star” is a full sister to the famous TW Bwana who produced outstanding offspring over the years. Bar G Kato has bred everything in my pasture so I’m going to offer him for sale for $7,000. He’s proven and makes colorful babies. He’s slow moving and will eat out of my hand but he can still act “bully” occasionally. Located in Bullard, Tx just south of Tyler, Tx but delivery is available and negotiable. I travel all across the US so don’t feel that you’re too far away. Please email or call with any questions and be sure to check out my website. Thanks for your time! Will Ross (903) 987-1399 or email RossRanchHorns@gmail.com www.rossranchhorns.com
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