BWS Spotted Bull

Will Ross of Ross Ranch Horns is presenting their late great herdsire BWS Spotted Bull.

BWS Spotted Bull 6-3-13
BWS Spotted Bull at 4 years of age.

BWS Spotted Bull

Will so misses this great guy and certainly regrets losing him at such a young age.  He was just starting his career.

BORN 7-11-2009
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Update on new rule changes

We previously reported that in our September, 2015 meeting the Board of Directors of the World Watusi Association approved a new hardship registration program for female percentage animals.  This has been a very successful program and many previously lost animals have been added to our breeding pool.

For a period of one year from September 23, 2015 through September 22, 2016 in an attempt to recognize animals that have been lost to the registry the World Watusi Association is offering a special category for the Hardship of mature female percentage animals. During this period a non-refundable $100.00 hardship fee, three (3) photos one each from the left side, right side and the front shall be submitted to the Registrar together with an application as complete as possible including the best estimate of the age of the animal and any known information. The animal will be accepted or rejected for registration based upon the ruling of the entire Board of Directors. The Board shall rule in the following categories: 1) Native Pure 2) ¾ Blood 3) ½ Blood or 4) Not a Watusi. Registration fee shall be $25.00 on animals accepted by the board.
After acceptance and registration of females, calves of the hardship female under the age of 12 months will be eligible for registration under the regular rules in Section 4 and 5.1 of Rules. Prior calves over 12 months of age shall be subject to the hardship rules herein.


  1.  Complete the existing Registration Application as much as possible.
  2. Provide three (3) photos of the animal for whom the application is submitted.  These photos may be submitted by email or by mail.  The poses are to be one from each side and the front of the animal.
  3.  Please provide as much information as possible.  On a separate paper please state where and when was the animal obtained?  Name and address of seller, name and address of breeder if available,   Any information provided when animal was purchased.  Any photos and/or information on the sire and dam.

Not having any information on the background of the animal submitted for hardship registration does not disqualify it from consideration, but will aid the Board in making a decision.

Bar G El Toro de Utah, WWAFP4501

Bar G Toro de Utah a
BAR G EL TORO DE UTAH a two years old

This young bull is getting ready to start his career at Pat and Trisha Burnett’s StarB Texotics in Wills Point, Texas.  Bar G El Toro De Utah is the result on combining the bloodline of his sire Bar G Kulow, who is by TW Booger and out of BWS Miss Stella and Bar G Dixie Rose who goes back to JCS Krypton, the well known Klauss Dolly Parton, L D Big Mac Mcgwire and Liars Lake Bloodlines.  This calf should be able to do it all, color, size and horn.




This is the young Foundation Pure watusi  bull Heikens Ark Lyman, presently owned and utilized by Pat and Trisha Burnett of StarB Texotics of Wills Point, Texas.

heikens Ark Lyman (Intimidator)

HEIKENS ARK LYMAN at four years old

Heikens Ark Lyman was one of the twins born on April 9, 2012 to Heikens Ark Loretta Lynn, daughter of Hiekens Ark Ring of Fire and  by Heikens Ark Bravo, son of CT Woodie and out of Sea Fortune a Sea Wolf daughter.

He is just starting his career.


Searchable pedigree database for members

The World Watusi Association provides a complete searchable listing of all of our registered animals to any member in good standing. Simply enter the site by clicking the link and enter your membership number as your id and your zip code as your password. The system will prompt you to change the password to one of your choice after entering the first time. If your membership number is in the 10000 series it will include a letter at the end,  i.e. 12345A, more recent membership numbers start at 20000 and do not include a letter extension. If you are not in good standing you will not be allowed access. If you have any questions, please email us at

Our breed’s relationship with dinosaurs

For those few of us that are watusi wonks (and we know who we are) this article will make us pant for it’s content.  The rest of you can go back to sleep.

Cary Woodruff is the Director of Paleontology of the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum in Malta, Montana.  He has graciously shared with us an account of his research AND it is written clearly and concisely for those of us pretty much limited to Jurassic Park for our knowledge base…..

My name is Cary Woodruff, and I am the Director of Paleontology at the Great Plains Dinosaur Museum in Malta, MT. My area of specialization is in sauropod dinosaurs. Sauropods are the “long-neck” dinosaurs, and classically represented by the logo for Sinclair Oil, “Brontosaurus”, Littlefoot from the “Land Before Time”, and the Flintstone’s beloved pet Dino. So what the heck is a paleontologist studying long-neck dinosaurs doing with Ankole-Watusi? Back when I was an undergraduate student at Montana State University, I was studying a special feature in the vertebrae (“back bones”) of some sauropods. At the top of some sauropod vertebrae is a paired process that is scientifically called the bifurcated neural spine. Since the discovery of sauropods with bifurcated neural spines in the late 1800’s, no one knew what this paired feature was for. Some paleontologists speculated that it was filled with muscles, others that it was filled with air sacs (like modern birds have), and some thought that in life it was just an open trough. In over 130 years of study there was little if any consensus. While doing my undergraduate studies, I was conducting a lot of research on bifurcated neural spines, and I was captivated as to what purpose this structure served.
Traditionally, when paleontologists were studying sauropods, they looked to modern long-necks animals (like giraffes) as proxies. Unfortunately, giraffes nor any modern long-neck animal possess bifurcated neural spines, thus the purpose of this feature seemed out of reach. I decide to go back to square one. Before, paleontologists had looked to modern long neck-animals, but with no solution. Conversely, I didn’t view a sauropod neck as a long neck, I viewed it as a heavy weight extending out from the body. Thus I decided to look for modern animals that had a head size and weight that made up a large contribution to the entire animal. And that is what led me to the Ankole-Watusi.
It was a huge gamble, but no other animal alive today possess a head to body weight ratio of the Watusi, thus I sought the help of the World Watusi Association. With the Association’s help, I found amazingly kind breeders who donated 3 Watusi cows to conduct dissections on. The reason for the dissection was twofold: 1) We could test my hypothesis to see if the Watusi does have bifurcated neural spines, and 2) if so, we could finally understand the actual anatomy associated with this feature. To everyone’s amazement (myself included) I was right! The Ankole-Watusi was the first modern, plant eating, four legged animal since the sauropod dinosaurs to be recognized to possess bifurcated neural spine. What we learned from all of the work conducted on the Watusi anatomy, is that on the tops of the split spines is a likewise split ligament. This ligament – called the nuchal ligament – is very important in moving one’s head. As anyone who has played with a rubber band knows, they are elastic – if you pull it, the band will snap back. And ligaments are the same. I theorized that due to the great weight of the horns, the Watusi developed the bifurcated spines as an energy efficient means to sustain head movement.
While this is great knowledge, you may be asking, “So what does this have to do with dinosaurs?” What this means, it that for the first time in over 130 years we finally know what muscles, ligaments, tendons, etc. were associated with the bifurcated spines in sauropods, and why they evolved this feature. We now hypothesize that sauropod dinosaur evolved the bifurcated neural spine to harbor a split elastic ligament that aided in prolonged feeding. We now know that sauropods did not using their long necks to feed high in trees; instead their necks were extended horizontally – like living booms. Opposed to exerting a lot of muscle energy to move the neck side to side, they could contract the neck, and let the elastic energy stored in the split ligaments pull the neck side to side. Imaging one of those toy drinking birds, but on it’s side. In fact many animals alive today use stored elastic energy – kangaroos and horses use such for movement. Thus without the Ankole-Watusi (and the support of the World Watusi Association), a 130 year old mystery is finally solved. I am still conducting more Watusi research, and undoubtedly this remarkable breed will continue to amaze and contribute to scientific discoveries.
Cary Woodruff


Shirts for Sale at Macon

Ok all you WWA and tie dye fans we have shirts! Get ready to help the WWA make a tie dyed wave in Macon! We’ll have sizes from 12 months through 3xl. Bring your money and be ready to spend it on one of the coolest shirts around. In the spirit of tie dye…. Peace, love and Watusi!  Lissa Pabst

These will be available at the Macon, Missouri sale and get-together on April 6 and 7, 2016

For Sale or Lease – FP Herdsire

duane bull
Bar G Thunder


We are offering one of the top bulls in the nation for sale or lease, Bar G Thunder,born 2012 sire Bar G Kulow and dam Bar G Thunder Sue. Thunder is a proven sire of quality and color, he has a great attitude and easy to handle,won Grand Champion as a yearling and as a two year old, he is current on shots , vaccinations, semen test , and trick test, serious inquiries only.   Call Duane , home 435-381-2736 cell 435-749-1561.

Bar G Thunder
Bar G Thunder

Bar G Kulow, WWAFP2792

Bar G Kulow is a rising star in the watusi world being used by Bar G Ranch, Duane and Kolene Gilbert, of Castle Dale, Utah.


Kulow was sired by the well known TW Booger, who was by TS Cody and out of 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.

Duane & Kolene Gilbert
Bar G Ranch

The following photos are of two of the wonderful offspring that this bull has produced.

Bar GSahara
Bar G Sahara
Bar G Funny Face
Bar G Funny Face


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