Want to be a Rancher? by Darol Dickinson

Darol Dickinaon of DCCI Ranch in Barnsville, Ohio is a longtime cattle breeder, including watusi .  Although he specializes in Longhorn cattle, his expertise is universal.


At first light Joel Dickinson checks the calving pastures. Jest Respect by Hunts Command Respect, out of Jester, had given birth to an AI Drag Iron speckled calf during the night and erroneously birthed it into a few inches of fresh rain water, causing prompt drowning.

Following a serious discussion over possession with the mother, Joel took the dead calf up hill to higher dry-ground where the cow continued to lick, bond, love, and try to revive the calf.


After the mother has cleaned her calf, and is certain of the natural scent. After another
encounter, Joel took the calf away from the mother. This is how serious ranch management works to be thrifty and immediate with each crisis.

The drown calf is carefully skinned down the legs. The complete tail and crotch
is retained intact.

A waiting calf, whose mother had udder complications, received the pretty speckled hide. It is tied with hay strings around the legs and neck, secure enough attachment for a day or so.

The new covering is ready to receive loving adoption. The calf wants a better mother and the cow knows exactly what her own calf smells like.

An Ohio Spring blizzard is hitting the area. Wind and snow make this job even harder. Joel chauffeurs the bewildered calf to the west end of the ranch. This Honda does not have a heater installed.


This pasture is several hundred acres so the cow is walking all over hunting her calf.

The cow is located. Joel utters a calf bawling sound and here comes the mother. (He has done this before.) She is still mad about Joel stealing her calf in the first place. She holds a grudge.

The snow flurry increases, but love at first “smell” does the trick. The family is bonded in less than a minute.

Her udder is full of warm unpasteurized, “real” nutritious milk. Happy days are ahead. New life goes forward. Birth is fragile.

 


Joel is back at the barn thawing out for the next pasture checks. About 10 to 18 calves are born per day at this time of year. We wish all the government employees who are on the Animal Care Board a pleasant day enjoying a warm office. If per chance they want to check on ranchers who may not care for their stock, as the city folks think they should, come out to the ranch, you can be skinned, attached to a coyote and released to go home. The Animal Care Board is another government total insult to farmers and ranchers.

Come to Ohio and see the great new calves in about a month. It is a labor of love you will understand and want to be a part of.  DD

Dickinson Cattle Co., LLC

MACON REMINDER

Don’t forget that this is the week for the Macon, Missouri exotic animal sale and the World Watusi Association Spring Fling.

The Spring Fling is on Wednesday evening, April 11, 2018 at 7:00 pm (we erroneously said 6:00 in previous posts) in the conference room of the Comfort Inn,  1817 North Missouri St.,  Macon, Missouri.  We will have a catered meal and our “Fun Auction” for fund raising.  Bring your donations and your checkbook.

The sale of cattle will be on Thursday April 12, there are a number of  very nice animals consigned.  Come early, stay late, bring your checkbook.  Representatives of the World Watusi Association will be on hand if you have any registration questions.

We will have a meeting of the Board of Director’s at 5:00 pm on Wednesday April 11 also at the Comfort Inn prior to the Spring Fling.  All members are, of course, welcome to attend.

 

Spring Fling Reminder

Just a quick reminder to all of our members and other Watusi enthusiasts.  The WWA will have its annual Spring Fling get-together on Wednesday evening, April 11, 2018 at 6:00 pm in the conference room of the Comfort Inn,  1817 North Missouri St.,  Macon, Missouri.  This is a great opportunity to share your stories, photos, brochures, animals for sale and such with others.  We will have a meal catered by Noland’s in Macon and will offer our Fun Auction fund raiser.

We will accept all donated items for our auction and usually receive many fun items such as skulls, artwork, food items, hot sauce, candy, local items from your home state, your imagination is your limit.  We often have African items and Watusi related materials.

Any questions of items that are of interest can be discussed.  Any suggestions to help our association run more favorably are welcome.

Watusi animals will be at auction on Thursday, April 12 so bring your checkbooks.  This year the WWA is offering a free membership to any first time buyer purchasing a registered animal at this sale.

April 2018 Spring Fling!

WWA Spring Fling!
April 12th, 2018
Come and join us for a fun Auction, great food and lots of Watusi Talk in Macon Missouri!
Alternative Livestock & Taxidermy Sale April 11-14
Contact Lolli’s for Early Consignment.
704 Main Street – Suite A * Macon, Missouri 63552
Telephone # 660-385-2516 * Fax #660-385-2843
Dominic 660-651-4024 * Frankie 660-651-4040 * Tim 660-651-3496

Calendar of events

4-11-2018 ~ WWA Meet, Greet & Eat! Following is our Fun Auction!
• 6:00 pm Comfort Inn 1817 North Missouri St ~
• Phone # 660-395-8000
Don’t forget to donate a fun item for the auction.

4-12-2018 ~ Watusi, Bison, Water Buffalo, Yak, Zebu.

4-13-2018 ~ African Hoof Stock, Camel, Zebra.

4-14-2018 ~ Mini Horse, Donkey & Ponies.

Nice story

From: richard broker <rbroker@rtmc.net>
Sent: Thursday, January 25, 2018 10:31 AM
To: w atusi
Cc: World Watusi Association
Subject: Zoo Donation

In 2014 the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk, Va., purchased two yearling Watusi Steers from Richard Broker who owns and operates River Oaks Cattle Co., in Robbins, NC. They developed into one of the most popular exhibits at the zoo. In September 2017 one of the steers developed a head tilt that continued to progress. After several attempts by the the zoo veterinarian staff to correct the problem it was decided to euthanize the steer. Richard Broker, who has stayed in touch with members of the Virginia Zoo, read and article about the head tilt and the decision. Richard called the director of the zoo and discussed the situation. On December 27, 2017 Richard donated and delivered a yearling replacement steer to the zoo. Richard is quoted as saying, “there is no better exposure to promote the Watusi breed than a zoo.  Especially a first class operation such as the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk, Va. Greg Bockheim is the director and is to be commended on his devotion to excellence. Sometimes you do things just because it’s the right thing to do.”
I have discovered Watusi breeders have an undying devotion to the breed. We do things and make decisions with our heart and not our head when it involves our cattle.
In addition the members are supported by two great registry’s that do everything in their power to support the members. I think it is safe to say that this may be the only business not run remotely like a business, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Sometimes in the rush of business life we don’t say thank you loud enough to be heard. I want to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to all the members in each registry
for their efforts in promoting this majestic breed.
Richard L. Broker
River Oaks Cattle co.
Thank you as well Richard…..

Watusi Bull For Sale!

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Foundation Pure Watusi Bull CST NKOSI CODI Born 5-9-15
Gentle bull with very nice color, good temperament and easy to be around and to work with. Been in a pasture for the last several months with several watusi cows that are confirmed pregnant.
We are just needing to downsize the number of cattle on the ranch. Price $ 3,500
Located in Mount Pleasant, Texas
(903) 305 1041.

The World Watusi Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and advancement of African Ankole- Watusi cattle.