WWA Spring Fling will be celebrated at Lolli Brothers April 2015 sale. Will have a fun time of ‘survival’ stories of the Winter, good food, lots of watusi talk, WWA items, a fun auction and more on Wednesday evening April 8th at 7 pm at the Macon Comfort Inn meeting room. Registrar, board members and forms will all be there so would be a great time to ask anything and get paperwork updated. This will be the evening before the watusi sale on Thursday. Save the date and plan to attend if you can. Details to come as the date draws near. Motel rooms are already filling up so make your reservations now if you think you can join us.
Make certain to submit photos and information to the sale office firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion in the catalog. check through those closets and barns for any articles that you might like to donate to our ‘fun auction’ the proceeds of which go to the association.Macon Comfort Inn
The results of the 2014 general membership election of board members resulted in Benton Ellis of Dallas, Texas; Jefferson Voss of Oakland, Florida and Cindi Darling of Sparta, Missouri being re-elected for three year terms. We want to thank all of our members who voted and all of the candidates who participated. We also want to encourage any members who would like to be considered for the Board to make their wishes known. There will be three positions available again in 2015.
In addition to the elected positions the Board of Directors voted to fill the vacated positions on the board for the remainder of the terms of Derrick Passey and Rodney Barnhart. We want to thank these two for their service and will miss them. Garett Judd of Edmunton, KY has been appointed to serve the one year remaining of Rodney’s term and Tom Ward of Norman, OK for the remaining two years of Derrick’s term.
Last, but certainly not least the new President for the 2014-2015 term is Pat Burnett of Wills Point, TX; Vice-President is Jeff Voss of Oakland, FL; Secretary is Pam Jackson of Water Valley, KY and Treasurer is Joy Rider of Highlandville, MO. We look forward to a productive year with these fine people at the helm. We also want to give a hearty thank you to Vernon Base and Richard Jackson for their great service.
It is that time of year again. The World Watusi Association will hold its annual membership meeting in conjunction with the Lolli Bros. Exotic Animal sale in Macon, Missouri.
The meeting will be held on Wednesday evening September 24th at 7:00 PM. The location will be at Diner 54, 2015 North Missouri Street, Macon, MO. The Diner is located just north of the Comfort Inn. The Diner phone number is :660-395-5454
This is the time to meet and great with our fellow Watusi enthusiasts. See you there.
Recently Darol Dickinson and Maureen Neidhardt exchanged some information on Facebook about the history of the WWA and Watusi cattle. We are reposting this here to share with others interested in Watusi Cattle.
In the early days of WWA everyone was encouraged to do the Watusi breed up program, mostly with Watusi bulls bred to Texas Longhorn cows. People raised half Watusi, then 3/4, then on up to a high percent Watusi. This created the greatest boom in the Watusi industry. In 1979 when we bought 15 Watusi from Rare Animal Survival Center in Ocala, FL, it was thought there were less than 50 original bloodline Watusi in North America. Many of these were owned by zoos. Nelson Rockefeller and I both bought cattle from RASC about the same time. He got 3 cows and a bull. The rest were in zoos.
For a good number of people to participate in the Watusi breed, like all imported breeds, a breed-up program was promoted by WWA. Genetically, once a pure breed is bred up to a 7/8 or better the DNA result is almost exactly the same as the 100% genetics. In the case of the Watusi, there was so much original inbreeding, many feel the high percentage cattle are more defect free, with possibly more fertility and milk production than the 100% stock.
This photo was taken at the Colorado State fair of half Watusi yearling heifers at the show. It was the largest class of Watusi ever. Very few cattle breeds have every had a show class with this many entries. Notice the size of the crowd.The breed up program brought a lot of people into the WWA. ~~ Facebook, Darol Dickinson
That was a fun time in 1983!!! Don Shadow of Winchester, TN is judging. My husband Marlin is riding Don Zavislan’s Appaloosa gelding and hazing the class of 54 head!! Our first, and favorite heifer, “Sanga” won the class…she was big and an outstanding individual!! (Head up, center back) I have the winners plaque to prove it!
The percentage breed-up was a good program that was never handled or given the regard that the founding fathers intended it to have. ~~ Facebook, Maureen Neidhardt
It is amazing to me that there are 31/32 and 63/64 registered Watusi and yet WWA leaders down play the WWA breed up results. People with assumed 100% WWA cattle call prospective breeders and scold them for even thinking of using anything from the high percentage families. That is unethical!! ~ Darol Dickinson
The World Watusi Association has been utilizing the services of the International Texas Longhorn Association in Glen Rose, Texas for our business office and registration work. Although we have been very pleased with the professional handling provided by the ITLA, computer programing changes have made it more viable for us to move our office. The good news is that the Registrar that you are all familiar with, Robin Hancock, has agreed to continue to provide us with her able assistance.
A very rare opportunity is being offer by Duane and Kolene Gilbert of Castle Dale, Utah. They are reluctantly offering their current herdsire Bar G Kulow for sale. We all know that the time comes to outcross your females so here is the rare opportunity of obtain a proven herdsire with award winning, high selling offspring on the ground right now.
Kulow was sired by the well known TW Booger, who was by TS Cody and out of HA Buelah. His dam was BWS Miss Stella who was by JCS Lonestar and out of ENE Lovely Lady. This combination of bloodlines produces lots of color and horn.
The following photos are of two of the wonderful offspring that this bull has produced.
We wanted to keep everyone advised that our group is experiencing some serious health problems. Both Angie Base (wife of our President Vernon) and Pam Jackson (wife of our Vice President, Richard and herself our Association Secretary), are fighting some serious health issues. We want to wish them both well and let them know that they are in all of our thoughts.
From left: breeder Darol Dickinson, embryologist Za Johnson
This is the first Full Watusi embryo Transplant born in North America. It was 1980. Sire was Jimmy the Swede and the dam was a Rare Animal Survival cow. Me on the left and embryologist Za Johnson on the right. This was at our lab at Calhan, Colorado. This calf came at great cost in the early days of embryo transfer. There were only a few.
The World Watusi Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and advancement of African Ankole- Watusi cattle.