EDITOR’S NOTE: This article originally appeared in the April-June 1992 edition of Watusi World. Although the mention of actual numbers of animals in the country has changed, we felt that the information contained was worth remembering. We have left off the beginning paragraphs that would no longer be timely.
By: Maureen Neidhardt
In selecting Watusi as breeding stock we also need to keep in mind the original extremely small genetic base. Twenty-one head (14 cows and 7 bulls) were brought from Africa to Europe by the Schulz family (Jurgen Schulz’s father and grandfather) in 1929 with a repeat of this ship load (another 21 head) in 1930. One additional article indicates that another exporter brought out 7 more Watusi cattle in 1939. This makes a total of 49 Watusi of undocumented bloodlines that were EVER brought out of Africa.
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Editor’s note: The following article is the tale of shipping the first Watusi cattle ever exported off of the African continent. This account has been narrated on tape by Walter Schulz, the father of Jurgen Schulz, one the directors of the WWA and former president of the organization. This tape was recorded in 1987 when Walter was 85 years of age and was transcribed by Maureen Neidhardt. The story as told from memory by Walter Schulz. Reprinted with permission from Watusi World, Spring 1987.
As far as the records show the 42 head, 14 bulls and 28 cows, shipped by the Schulz family in 1929 and 1930 together with 6 animals exported in 1939 form the genealogical ancestors of all of the Foundation Pure Watusi cattle in Europe, England, Sweden, Australia, Canada, the U.S. and anywhere else that they exist outside of Africa.
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