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2019 Election for Board of Directors

The ballots have been mailed to all members in good standing of the World Watusi Association.  There are three positions available and six candidates.  All ballots must be postmarked back to the CPA on or before August 10, 2019.  Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact any board member or candidate.

2019 Candidates

Sheri Gurr, Roosevelt, Utah 435-722-7699  RockingGwatusi@gmail.com

Matt Moffat, Piedmont, OK  405-205-0435  MattMoffat@ymail.com

Cree Sisneros, Pierce City, MO  903-305-1041  DRSISNEROS@LIVE.COM

Barry Retchloff, Fordland, MO   563-663-0840 Barry@Retchloff.com

R. P.  ‘Pat’ Burnett, Wills Point, Texas 903-288-3334 tpd106@hotmail.com

Brian Sims, Seminole, Ok  405-200-6339                bsims56@icloud.com 

News Release Texas Animal Health

NEWS RELEASE
Texas Animal Health Commission
“Serving Texas Animal Agriculture Since 1893”
Andy Schwartz, DVM● Executive Director
P.O. Box l2966 ● Austin, Texas 78711 ● (800) 550-8242 www.tahc.texas.gov
For more information contact the Public Information Dept. at 512-719-0750 or at public_info@tahc.texas.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 26, 2019

USDA Advancing Animal Disease Traceability:
The Transition to Electronic Identification in Cattle and Bison

AUSTIN – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is currently working with federal, state and industry partners to strengthen its traceability system to protect the long-team health, marketability and economic viability of the U.S. livestock industry. While there are several steps USDA needs to take in order to do this, the most essential one is to move from metal identification tags to electronic identification tags in beef and dairy cattle, as well as in bison.
“The transition from metal identification tags to radio frequency identification (RFID) tags will not happen overnight,” assured Dr. Andy Schwartz, Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) Executive Director and State Veterinarian. “The transition is projected to take four years and we want to use this time to educate and encourage Texas cattle, dairy and bison producers to start taking steps toward electronic identification.”
Starting January 1, 2023, only individual official RFID tags will be accepted as official identification for cattle and bison moving interstate, including:

Beef Cattle & Bison
·   Sexually intact and 18 months or older
·   Used for rodeo or recreations events (regardless of age)
·   Used for shows or exhibitions
Dairy Cattle
·    All female dairy cattle
·    All male dairy cattle born after March 11, 2013

Implementation Timeline:
USDA understands producers need time to transition to RFID and has worked with the National Assembly of State Animal Health Officials to establish manageable milestones to achieve this goal.
December 31, 2019
USDA will discontinue providing free metal tags. However, approved vendors will still be permitted to produce official metal tags for one additional year. Approved vendor tags will be available for purchase on a state-by-state basis as authorized by each state animal health official through December 31, 2020.
January 1, 2021
USDA will no longer approve vendor production of metal ear tags with the official USDA shield. Accredited veterinarians and/or producers can no longer apply metal ear tags for official identification and must start using only official RFID tags.
January 1, 2023
RFID ear tags will be required for beef and dairy cattle and bison moving interstate that meet the RFID tagging requirements. Animals with metal ear tags will have to be retagged with RFID ear tags in order to move interstate. Feeder cattle and animals moving directly to slaughter are not subject to RFID requirements.

Election for Board Members

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, garettjudd@yahoo.com, 270.670.7787:  Vernon Base, vernonbase@gmail.com, 620-747-0798: Cindi Darling, watusi@liarslake.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.

Horn Measurement

Under our FORMS menu we have available the submission form for measuring the horns of our animals.  This is not a requirement, but we are attempting to build a data base with this information.  Horns are obviously the most prominent feature of this breed and by setting up records we can use this information for marketing and breeding.

The fee for submission of this form to our office is $20.00 to cover the entry of the information on our database.  The owner is welcome to submit their own measurement, however we do offer an Official measurement by qualified representatives.  One representative can measure and submit the information on a live animal.  A skull requires two representatives.  We do have representatives available at our sanctioned auctions.  Presently they will be at the Macon sale at Lolli Bros.

If there is an interest Blake Edwards is willing to offer a class at the Macon auction.  Contact Blake at redhillwatusi@gmail.com or at 580-430-5050.

From the Office.

Robin Hancock our registrar wants  to let our members know that there are new Registration Forms on the website as well as an updated Fee Schedule.  She would like to remind all members that you can submit your photos of your animal to her by email, but that she needs to have THE ORIGINAL, SIGNED application sent in to the office with your payment.  All too often she is receiving scanned copies by email and just the check in the mail.

Sale and meetings at Macon, Missouri

Once again we are on the short haul to the spring sale at the Lolli Bros. Alternative Livestock sale in Macon, Missouri.  www.lollibros.com 

Many different species are offered at this sale over it’s four day duration.  Our watusi cattle will be available in the ring on Thursday April 11.  Be sure to attend.

We will also have our annual Spring Fling meeting and dinner as well as the spring meeting of the WWA Board of Directors  The get-together’s including the Board meeting will be held in the community room at the Comfort Inn, 1821 N Missouri St, Macon, MO 63552.  Board meeting will be at 4:00pm.  All members are welcome.  In addition to regular business items we will be discussing a revamping of our website.   At 7:00 pm we will meet for our get-together and dinner.  Once again we will be catered by Nolands with a taco and baked ham buffet.  It would help if you are going to attend that you contact Garret Judd at  garettjudd@yahoo.com or (270) 670-7787 • Mobile with the number in your party.

After dinner we will have our Fun Auction of donated items.  Please be creative and bring an item and your checkbook to buy.  See you there.

Registration information

wwa-registration-application-2019-form

It has been brought to our attention that some of our members are unclear on the instructions when submitting their applications for registration and photographs.  Any missing information or incorrectly submitted information can result in a delay in your registration not to mention causing a backlog to our registrar.

All the spaces on the application need to be addressed each line is numbered and has instructions on the form.   They are pretty self explanatory, but if you have any questions please feel free to call the office.

#1  We do still identify our animals by their gender.  It is either an intact male, neutered male or female.  Check the box.

#2  Name your animal.  You can check online in our pedigree pages to see if a name you choose is available.  No matter how much you like Daisy, there can only be one Daisy.   Using a herd identifier is the best solution as you can still use Daisy.  If you choose to utilize a herd identifier i.e. BSR for Big Sky Ranch be sure to count those letters and/or numbers in the total of 24 spaces allowed for the animal’s name.

#3 & 4  Physical identifying marks.  Our registry does not require either holding brands or tatoos, although we do highly recommend their use.  If you have any of these on your animal described them and their locations on these lines.

#5  & 6  Sire and Dam:  All of this information is also available in the Pedigree section of the website for the sire the dam and their sires and dams.

#7  Your WWA membership number, you name and address.  The name that you list is how your registration certificate will be recorded.  This can have legal ramifications so be certain to think of that status prior to submission.

#8  Your signature

#9  Date of Application

#10  Type of birth.  Natural, AI or Embryo.

#11  Number at birth single, twin or multiple.  Although our form does not currently call for it, you should list the number and sex  i.e. 1 bull/1 heifer.

#12  Description of color and pattern.

Parts of Animal                       Abbreviation

Back                                        BK
Body                                       BDY
Brisket                                     BSK
Ears                                        ERS
Forehead                                 4-HD
Flank                                    FLK
Feet                                     FT
Head                                     HD
Hindquarters                           HNDQTRS
Hip                                    HP
Lineback                               LB
Loin                                   LN
Neck                                   NK
Rump                                   RMP
Shoulders                              SHLDRS
Switch                                 SW
Underline                              UL
Tail                                   TL
Thigh                                  THI

Color.  When giving color descriptions, begin with the most dominate color.  The description should be as short as possible and remain complete.  For example, red with white spotted sides should be abbreviated as “RD w/ WH Sptd sides.”

Colors                                      Abbreviation

Black                                     BLK
Blue                                      BLU
Brown                                     BRN
Brindle                                   BRNDL
Dun, Dull Grayish Brown      DUN
Grulla                                    GRU
Light                                     LT
Red                                       RD
Roan                                      RN
Speckled                                 SPKLD
Spotted                                   SPTD
Spots                                     SPTS
Streaked                                  STRK
White                                     WH
Yellow                                    YL

Photos are one of the major problems all of us seem to  have.  It is a pain to have to take three different photos, but it is very important especially when we are not branding and/or tatooing.

These photos may be sent in physically or emailed to the office.  There are some importance items to pay close attention to:

  1.  The clearer and closer the photo the better.
  2.  Only one animal should be in the photo.
  3.   A total of three photos are required;  One from the right side of the animal, one from the left side and one from the front.
  4. These photos should be submitted in an individual email titled with the name of the animal and only one animal per email.

Fall Sale and meeting at Lolli Bros.

The WWA Fall Social and Annual Membership meeting will be held September 26th 2018 at 7PM at the Comfort Inn Confrence Room , 1821 N Missouri St, Macon, MO 63552; (660) 395-8000.  This event will feature a catered meal, lots of watusi talk and a fun auction. We will need to get a head count for the meal closer to the time.  Any donations to the associations for the fun auction are always greatly appreciated.  All items are welcome, it does not have to be expensive or large.  All proceeds go to support your association.  We will also have WWA merchandise and T Shirts for sale at the meeting.

The Board of Director’s will meet at the Macon Comfort Inn at 5:00pm on Wednesday September 26.  Any member that wishes to may attend.

Cattle will sell on Thursday September 27 at the Lolli Bros. livestock market.   Cattle consigned can be viewed at World Watusi Association Online Auction on Facebook.

lolli barn