On September 25 the World Watusi Association Board of Directors held their annual reorganization meeting in conjunction with the Lolli Bros. Exotic Animal Sale in Macon, Missouri. We had a packed list of agenda items to address. The results of the election for the Board were announced with the winners being Pat Burnett, Matt Moffat and Brian Sims. We all want to extend our congratulations to each member. The annual election for the Officer’s for the 2019 through 2020 year resulted in Blake Edwards, President: Garret Judd, Vice-President: Cindi Darling, Secretary and Barry Retchloff, Treasurer. All the contact information for the Board and Officers can be found on this website.
We wish to thank Pat Burnett for his previous years of serving as our President and Sheri Gurr for her tireless service as our Treasurer and director. As you all know this is a volunteer organization of non-compensated individuals and we are very lucky to have all of these people willing to serve and donate their time.
We will be covering all of the items addressed at our various meetings and will be addressing possible By Law changes that all of us must agree upon with our next vote.
One of the major items that was passed at this meeting is a temporary change in the Lifetime Membership fees. This fee is presently a one time charge of $500.00. The Board was asked to address this item and has implemented a new one time fee of $250.00 to be in effect from September 25, 2019 through February 1, 2020. When you receive your reminder of 2020 dues we will remind all members of this option. We sincerely hope that many of our members will take advantage of this opportunity.
We are accepting nominations for candidates to the Board of Directors of the World Watusi Association for the fall 2019 election. There are 3 positions available. If you are interested or know of someone who would be please contact any member of the Nominating committee. Chairman; Garett Judd, email@example.com, 270.670.7787: Vernon Base, firstname.lastname@example.org, 620-747-0798: Cindi Darling, email@example.com, 417-634-4115. All nominations should be submitted by June 15, 2019. The 3 year positions up for election are those currently held by Pat Burnett, Sheri Gurr and Matt Moffatt.
The World Watusi Association just finished our ‘Spring Fling ‘ meeting and auction at the Lolli Bros Exotic Sale and our April board meeting. 39 members attended the World Watusi Association meeting representing 9 different states.
We addressed several pending issues as well as revisited some previous ones. The new up to date revised Rules and Fee Schedule are posted on this website. Some of the items are the controversial Hardship program that has been wildly successful. Although there are differences of opinion on the matter the Board of Director’s has extended the program indefinitely. We have recovered a number of quality animals into the breed as percentage animals as well as new enthusiasts and members from this program. The board examines any evidence and photographs of each individual animal submitted and determines if it qualifies as a percentage watusi or not.
As an incentive for membership we have continued and extended the program to award a free one year membership to any person or entity that has never been a member of the WWA that purchases a registered watusi at the Lolli Bros Exotic Animal Sale, Macon, Missouri; Triple W Exotic Sale, Cookeville, Tennessee; or at the Sycamore Springs Ranch Sale, Locust Grove, Oklahoma . Further we are offering a program to award $200.00 to the seller of the highest selling registered watusi steer at each of these sales.
As the registry only offers registration to Foundation Pure and Native Pure bulls and no hardship on any bull. We are encouraging steering of as many males as possible. Registration is available for percentage steers or Foundation Pure steers at $10.00 from birth to 24 months of age and $20.00 over 24 months. Steers sell very well and can be shown in sanctioned shows. We do allow hardshipping of steers.
The Board has approved a new program of keeping records of horn measurement. This will be fleshed out as time goes on, but the objective is to catalog horn length and breadth for future generations. Through this method we hope to establish a system by which an animal’s total scores measure up against the rest of the breed. The form is available under ‘Forms and Documents’ on this website to be downloaded and viewed. There will be two systems of records listed on the site, those submitted by the owner and the official score as submitted through Official Measuring Committee members.
We have attached some pics of our exhibit at the 2018 Mother Earth News Expo in Asheville, NC. We had a steady stream of people for two days asking questions, taking pictures and just admiring the majestic Watusi cattle. Our goal was to promote the breed and I believe that was accomplished. Our exhibit was recognized as best booth in the livestock exhibits. We have been invited back again next year and the entire family is looking forward to the trip. We have also been invited to the South Carolina State Fair in 2018 but have not made a decision on that event at this time. Thanks to everyone in the association that made this expo very special.
it is never too early to start planning for the fall show season. Plan on which animals you plan on showing and mark the dates on your calendar. Show books may not yet be online, but you can contact the WWA showperson for information.
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.
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.
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:
From Rachael Moore this great photo and caption:
The World Watusi Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and advancement of African Ankole- Watusi cattle.