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.
Ramaphosa’s Lot 35, NANK10-115, with a right horn length of over 110cm, was the highest-priced bull at the auction.
It’s left horn length is more than 114cm; from tip to tip the horn length is over 129cm.
Ramaphosa owns the Ntaba Nyoni herd, one of very few in the country. At the auction, he said he first saw the Ankole during a visit to Uganda.
He said he had approached the South African Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to import the breed, but was told it was not permitted, as Uganda’s veterinary services could not guarantee the animals were healthy.
Ramaphosa then approached Dr Morné de La Rey, a veterinary surgeon and embryo transfer specialist, who travelled to Uganda with him to bring embryos to South Africa.
Ankole is now registered as a breed and is administered by the Afrikaner Cattle Breeders’ Society of South Africa. Its meat is naturally low in cholesterol and high in polyunsaturated fatty acids.
The two traits are governed solely by genes; they cannot be attained through development or feed.
The Ankole is also popular with game farmers, who buy the bulls for hunting and use the horns as trophies. Hunting bulls sold for between R15 000 and R50 000, depending on the size of their horns.
Another great story written by Darol Dickinson – it is specifically about longhorns, but fits all breeds. Thank you Darol for sharing with us. https://www.texaslonghorn.com/
DCC Ranch e-News #146 – 8-17-18
by Darol Dickinson
The beautiful DCC cow Jam Packed gave birth to several calves in her young life including Drop Box, Real Jam and Full Pack. Jam Packed was ITLA International Champion Non Halter, and 2017 Horn Showcase Champion, now well over 90″ T2T.
Full Pack, age 18 months, was shown by Kara Dickinson at the 2017 ITLA Championship and won Champion Jr Heifer. In this photo she was well along pregnant to the promising young Jet Black son, Jet Lag.
In the Spring of 2018 Full Pack was growing a large mid-section. New things were going to happen in the life of this special age 2 heifer. She has never been a mother before.
A beautiful Jet Lag heifer was born, yet only lived a few normal days until something horribly unknown happened. When I checked pastures this innocent, beautiful heifer had her right front leg flopping out in a 45 degree angle with a crunching sound as she tried to hop along and keep up with her mother. Her leg was cleanly broken apart.
The good vet, Dr. Harold Kemp, with his professional-experienced hands, tenderly-moved the broken leg around and set it into the correct position.
A special type cast was constructed to hold the leg in the correct placement while she takes a long induced nap.
A lot of helping hands made it all fit perfect. She never felt a thing as she slept.
Everything was placed right where it was supposed to be, she wakes up. Now to control her activity so she takes it easy for slow-solid healing. She is placed in a clean stall and her loving mother can spend quality time with her several times every day.
A different cast was changed to fit this growing heifer. She still isn’t allowed to run
and play like the other calves. She wants to be a calf running over the DCC hills.
Today, here she is, one month later. She had her cast removed and is walking the last few days on the corrected problem leg. Her leg is not strong. The tendons are not stretched the correct length. Yet, she is up and going. Unfortunately no one can tell her to be careful. She will remain in the stall for another week or so then hope, hope – all goes well. Every red and white spotted life matters. The goal is to save every young life at DCC. Come say hello to her at the 51 Annual DCC Customer Appreciation day on September 29 — more on that next week.
We are sad to report that after a long and very hard struggle with cancer we have lost WWA member Charlie Baker of Lazy B Farm in Texas. We all wish the best to his beloved wife BJ and wish her the best in these trying times. email@example.com
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.
I am looking to move out my foundation pure older bull, JHF KY Colonel WWA FP2805, and my foundation pure young calf born last year. The bull is a proven breeder and is in good health. He has bred all of our cows every year and all calves have been healthy. He has a great gentle temperament and very easy to work around. He is 10 years old. The bull calf was born last January. Adult Bull is registered, young bull is able to be registered and will come with the registration application, his sire is JHF KY Colonel, WWA FP2805, dam is Bar G Spotted Tanza, WWAFP2080. We are asking for $5000 for the adult bull and the yearling $1500. If interested please contact Sarah Friedel at 240-566-6119. Thank you.
The sale of watusi at the Lolli Bros. Exotic Sale was held in Macon, Missouri on April 12, 2018. A total of 43 head of registered watusi were offered, 4 percentage animals and an additional 9 head of grade animals.
Top Selling Foundation Pure cow:
RR Daisy $6500
Top Selling Foundation Pure Bull: $2700
Bar G Candy Man (top bid on a Foundation Pure bull was $8100.00 for BWS Redman, no sale)
Top Selling Foundation Pure Heifer $5,000, Holy Smoke
Top Selling Native pure cow: $2700 Firefly
Top Selling Native pure bull $2500 Buster
Top Selling Native pure heifer: $3000 Lucy
Top Selling Foundation Steer $1650
(Top Bid Steer: $4900 No sale – Hocher)
Foundation Pure Heifers:Prices ranged from $5,000-$1250
Foundation Pure Bulls :$2700-1200
Foundation Pure cows $6500- $2750
Foundation Pure Bull calves $1650-$500
Foundation Pure steers $1650-450
Native Pure Heifers $3000-$1250
Native Pure Bulls $2500-$1100
Native Pure Cows $2700
Native Pure steers $4900NS- $300
Native Pure Heifer calves $1600-500
Native Pure Bull calves $ 975
Percentage Animals $1100-650
Grade watusi $1400-450
There was an exotic sale at the Sycamore Springs Ranch in Locust Grove, Oklahoma on April 21, 2018 which offered 6 grade watusi. The prices realized were pretty good for grade animals in a small sale. We hope that in the future more animals and registered stock will be offered at this facility.
6 grade Watusi sold.
1 – 3 yr old mean black bull $950
1 – 2 year old nice black heifer $1500
2 – 1 year old red heifers around $700
1 – 3 year old red cow bred to Longhorn bull $850
1 – 1 year old black bull $460
We thank Garett Judd and Blake Edwards for this submission.
Darol Dickinaon of DCCI Ranch in Barnsville, Ohio is a longtime cattle breeder, including watusi . Although he specializes in Longhorn cattle, his expertise is universal.
At first light Joel Dickinson checks the calving pastures. Jest Respect by Hunts Command Respect, out of Jester, had given birth to an AI Drag Iron speckled calf during the night and erroneously birthed it into a few inches of fresh rain water, causing prompt drowning.
Following a serious discussion over possession with the mother, Joel took the dead calf up hill to higher dry-ground where the cow continued to lick, bond, love, and try to revive the calf.
After the mother has cleaned her calf, and is certain of the natural scent. After another
encounter, Joel took the calf away from the mother. This is how serious ranch management works to be thrifty and immediate with each crisis.
The drown calf is carefully skinned down the legs. The complete tail and crotch
is retained intact.
A waiting calf, whose mother had udder complications, received the pretty speckled hide. It is tied with hay strings around the legs and neck, secure enough attachment for a day or so.
The new covering is ready to receive loving adoption. The calf wants a better mother and the cow knows exactly what her own calf smells like.
An Ohio Spring blizzard is hitting the area. Wind and snow make this job even harder. Joel chauffeurs the bewildered calf to the west end of the ranch. This Honda does not have a heater installed.
This pasture is several hundred acres so the cow is walking all over hunting her calf.
The cow is located. Joel utters a calf bawling sound and here comes the mother. (He has done this before.) She is still mad about Joel stealing her calf in the first place. She holds a grudge.
The snow flurry increases, but love at first “smell” does the trick. The family is bonded in less than a minute.
Her udder is full of warm unpasteurized, “real” nutritious milk. Happy days are ahead. New life goes forward. Birth is fragile.
Joel is back at the barn thawing out for the next pasture checks. About 10 to 18 calves are born per day at this time of year. We wish all the government employees who are on the Animal Care Board a pleasant day enjoying a warm office. If per chance they want to check on ranchers who may not care for their stock, as the city folks think they should, come out to the ranch, you can be skinned, attached to a coyote and released to go home. The Animal Care Board is another government total insult to farmers and ranchers.
Come to Ohio and see the great new calves in about a month. It is a labor of love you will understand and want to be a part of. DD