All posts by Cindi Darling

I am the owner of Liar's Lake Exotics in Sparta, Missouri. I've been raising Watusi since 1984. Visit us at liarslake.com.

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.

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…..

Trade or buy cattle

Lundberg 3 Lundberg 2 Lundberg 1

Years ago we had a board member, Gersh Lundberg.  He began breeding watusi and was hooked.  Through the years he has moved across the country and yet still hauled his little herd with him.  Gersh was always interested in upswept horn and quality.  His original animals were native pure and he has not kept up his paperwork through the years.  He still has a small group of 9 head, but would like to outcross as all of his are very closely related.

Per Gersh, “Thank you for the info.  Not sure I want to go back into registration.  I had hoped the WWA had abandoned the purity thing, and was willing to let the animals stand on their own merits.  But I do understand the underlying motivation.

Right now I am happy with my small herd, except that…

1)  They are all closely related.  That isn’t necessarily a problem, unless there are bad recessive genes, which I haven’t seen in my herd.

2) I still love tall-horned.”

To this end he would love to trade a few animals or purchase some that are not outrageously priced.  Gersh can be contacted at: gershl@hotmail.com

Rule Updates

We will soon be posting an updated version of our Rules and Regulations to include all changes that have been implemented in recent years.  The majority of these changes have to do with our registration procedures regarding the Hardship program, photographs, qualification for registration and fees.  As always, if there are any questions regarding any of the association’s procedures feel free to contact any member of the Board or the office at any time.  All of these contacts are listed on the website.

 

 

Just some business notes….

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.