Category Archives: News & Updates

News and updates about Watusi cattle, the organization, and members’ farms & ranches. If you have news you would like to publish or would like to become a contributor, please email us at info@watusi.org.

Tom Ward Steers

All too often we tend to forget that nature usually balances itself out and we have a basic 50/50 breakdown of the sexes.  Watusi breeders sometimes seem to forget that one of the most popular reasons that people buy watusi cattle is as a sort of decoration.  To this end we should all consider the alternative of steers.  Not all males can or should be herdsires, they don’t have to be dinner either.  Seeing what people like Tom Ward of Norman, Oklahoma have done with some of their excess males should open our eyes to one of these alternatives.

 

 

 

Some gone, none forgotten

Some of the original members of the WWA. From left to right: Don Zavislan, Duane Gilbert, AC Parsons, Jurgen Schulz
Some of the original members of the WWA. From left to right: Don Zavislan, Duane Gilbert, AC Parsons, Jurgen Schulz

Part of the World Watusi Association Board of Directors in the 1990s.  From left to right:

Don Zavislan, one of the foremost breeders of Watusi cattle.  Don’s contribution to the breed and the Association can never be measured.   He is gone, but not forgotten.

Duane Gilbert (looking like a kid), has served in many positions for the Association including President.  Duane is presently on the Board of Directors.  Duane and his wife own and operate Bar G Ranch in Castle Dale, Utah.

AC Parsons owned and operated Texas Safari a large drive thru park.  AC raised many quality Foundation pure animals including TS Cody.  He is gone, but not forgotten.

Jurgen Schulz, whose grandfather and father are responsible for the original animals being exported from Africa.  Jurgen owned and operated Catskill Game Farm, famous for its contribution to the watusi breed.  Jurgen and his wife presently split their time between Texas and Costa Rica.

A Death in the Family

I regret to inform everyone that Princess Hillary has passed away.  She died Friday 1-11-12 at 18 years and 2 months old at my place in East Texas.  I’m sure most of you are familiar with this great cow as she has calves from Texas to Canada and in between.  From what I’ve learned in my short time dealing with Watusi, I think it’s safe to say she positively impacted the breed with great magnitude.  Her last calf born was a heifer calf and is currently happily eating hay in my pasture.  It was a sad day at the ranch and she will be missed.  Her loud unique bellow will only be heard on YouTube from now on.  I hope all is well and that you’re all having a great new year.

Will Ross

http://www.rossranchhorns.com

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