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Information about Watusi cattle from all over the world.

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.

Showmanship at the Colorado State Fair, 2012

SOLD: Captain Butler

CAPTAIN BUTLER HAS BEEN SOLD.  THANK YOU.

The time has come to change herd sires, so now that I’ve secured his replacement, I’m putting BWS Captain Butler up for sale.  He just turned 8 years old, DOB 4-18-05.  He’s a Foundation Pure proven herd sire having multiple calves on the ground in the US, most of which I have pictures if requested.  He’s a Sea Wolf son and out of O’Hara, which links him to Catskill Thunder and a double dose of Rambo, all great producers in the breed.  Sea Wolf really gave Butler a lot of muscle that he’ll pass to his offspring, especially in the back end.  I attached 3 pictures of him by himself, as well as his full pedigree I mapped out, and a comparison picture of him with a new born bull calf and my 3 year old (at that time) cow.  The pictures don’t do him justice, he really is a large meaty bull, especially for a Watusi.  His horns measured 69″ tip to tip & 23″ base circumference at the hair line on 7/30/12, and that was the only time he was measured at RRH.  You can check my website for measurements on other cattle I own if you’d like to compare.  Butler will add both body and horn to your herd, and he’s very good at his job as a bull.  He’s located in East Texas and can be delivered anywhere for some fuel cost.  I’m asking $2,500 for him, he comes with registration papers, and I can supply any info on Butler or his offspring via email, phone, or mail.  Butler is a lot of bang for your buck, and I’m sure others will agree.  Feel free to contact me anytime, and also feel free to spread the word around, I’d sure appreciate it!

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Get Well Wishes

Angela Base, long time member of the WWA and wife of WWA President, Vernon Base, has just recently had surgery.  We hope that we can all extend our warmest wishes to them for her speedy and safe recovery.  If anyone wants to send a card or note they can be reached at Coon Creek Buffalo, 1133 North Alamo Road, Newton, Kansas 67114.

Lolli Bros. Exotic Sale

Spring is one the way, or at least that is what they keep telling us.  Regardless of the weather the Spring Sale at Lolli Bros. Exotics in Macon Missouri will be held from April 10 through April 12, 2013.  Watusi cattle will sell on Thursday, April 11 after the buffalo sale in the morning.  Here is an opportunity to purchase a variety of animals and meet with other watusi enthusiasts.

The World Watusi Association has reserved room at the Pizza Hut, 2004 North Missouri Street, Macon, on the 10th of April from 6:30 p.m. on for the WWA Spring Social Get Together.  Although no formal meeting is planned watusi lovers will exchange their stories and information prior to the sale on Thursday morning.  We hope to see you all there.

Reminders

Hi everyone.  As we all look excitedly towards the change of seasons we should mark our calendars with our coming watusi events.

Watusi are sold at a number of different venues, including exotic animal sales all over the country.  The largest of these that usually carries the largest number of animals is the Lolli Bros Exotic Sale held in Macon, Missouri.  The Watusi will sell on Thursday, April 11, 2013.  Plan to attend early.  For more information go to http://lollibros.com/ExoticSales/tabid/55/Default.aspx.

Keep in mind that summer and fall will bring shows, such as the Kansas State Fair and Colorado State Fair.  It is never too early to start deciding who you want to show off.

Also remember that we elect 3 members to our Board of Directors each year.  If you are interested or know of someone else who might be interested in running, feel free to contact the office, our Secretary (Pam Jackson) or any board member for further information.

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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