The World Watusi Association has started a yearly scholarship to be awarded to a graduating high school senior. Details for applications for the 2018 scholarship will be posted at a later date.
We would like to congratulate our very first scholarship recipient, Olivia Woods, daughter of Lewis and Summer Deline of Reed City, Michigan. She attends Pine River High School.
Olivia received the green hand award along with outstanding junior and proficiency award for exotic animals throughout the FFA along with competing in the job interview competition, and making 4th in the state this year and made it to state last year. She has shown four different Watusi cows.
Olivia plans to attend State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology in Cobleskill, New York, for butchering.
Do any; of us ever wonder what other watusi breeders do in their ‘spare’ time. Richard and Pam Jackson, long time breeders and enthusiasts are just one example. Richard served on our board of directors for many years and Pam is currently our secretary. This is them in their private world.
We all know that most animals produce around an equal number of males and females over time. Because in breeding situations the number of males needed is exponentially less than females one solution is to steer some of those extra males.
Will Ross of Ross Ranch Horns in Brownsboro, Texas rossranchhorns.com submitted to us this information on his young steer, BWS Old Red. This is a four year old steer with phenomenal growth and bloodlines. Talk about a pasture ornament.
Joy Rider shared this photo of one of his cows. Per Joy:
“Got these of Beauty standing around in the shade and near the pond. Not good pics but shows current horn size. Dam to BWS Boy Named Souix of Lakotas…..She just turned 4 years old and has had 2 flashy bulls thus far. Come on heifers…..”
Some people just casually own a bovine or two for meat or breeding, but Barry an Kim Retchloff of Rogersville, Missouri have taken their watusi inspiration to a whole new level.
When Black Walnut Spring and the Moffatts from Oklahoma went for a visit at the Retchloff, Rusted Rail Ranch recently they sent in this note. “Got a tour of their new home and barn. Super impressive and enjoyable. Most noticeable through my eyes was that the large Canadian built log home and 3 story barn was filled with watusi memorabilia, in particular just one watusi-HA Lance Fire. Barry loved this bull (son of HA Ring of Fire) and it was obvious in how he incorporated it into their new home. Below are just a few examples but there are many more. Not shown here are his truck grill, cut rock walk way, entry way gates and even down to the towel holders in some bathrooms, all custom made and patterned after Heikens Ark Lance Fire.”
The rock painting shown in the gallery below is painted on a rock by a Colorado artist commissioned by Kim as a surprise for Barry.
The World Watusi Association would like to express our condolences to the friends and family of the well known rock and roll artist Joe Cocker. Those of us in our ‘twilight years’ knew Joe from his music and Woodstock from our teens, but more recently we at the WWA knew him and his wife Pam as lifetime members of the World Watusi Association. Joe and Pam owned and operated the Mad Dog Ranch in Crawford, Nebraska. The Mad Dog bloodlines and logo appear in much of the WWA lore. Joe was 70 years old and had been battling cancer for some time. He will be missed.
The World Watusi Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and advancement of African Ankole- Watusi cattle.