WWA Spring Fling!
April 12th, 2018
Come and join us for a fun Auction, great food and lots of Watusi Talk in Macon Missouri!
Alternative Livestock & Taxidermy Sale April 11-14
Contact Lolli’s for Early Consignment.
704 Main Street – Suite A * Macon, Missouri 63552
Telephone # 660-385-2516 * Fax #660-385-2843
Dominic 660-651-4024 * Frankie 660-651-4040 * Tim 660-651-3496
Calendar of events
4-11-2018 ~ WWA Meet, Greet & Eat! Following is our Fun Auction!
• 6:00 pm Comfort Inn 1817 North Missouri St ~
• Phone # 660-395-8000
Don’t forget to donate a fun item for the auction.
4-12-2018 ~ Watusi, Bison, Water Buffalo, Yak, Zebu.
From: richard broker <email@example.com> Sent: Thursday, January 25, 2018 10:31 AM To: w atusi Cc: World Watusi Association Subject: Zoo Donation
In 2014 the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk, Va., purchased two yearling Watusi Steers from Richard Broker who owns and operates River Oaks Cattle Co., in Robbins, NC. They developed into one of the most popular exhibits at the zoo. In September 2017 one of the steers developed a head tilt that continued to progress. After several attempts by the the zoo veterinarian staff to correct the problem it was decided to euthanize the steer. Richard Broker, who has stayed in touch with members of the Virginia Zoo, read and article about the head tilt and the decision. Richard called the director of the zoo and discussed the situation. On December 27, 2017 Richard donated and delivered a yearling replacement steer to the zoo. Richard is quoted as saying, “there is no better exposure to promote the Watusi breed than a zoo. Especially a first class operation such as the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk, Va. Greg Bockheim is the director and is to be commended on his devotion to excellence. Sometimes you do things just because it’s the right thing to do.”
I have discovered Watusi breeders have an undying devotion to the breed. We do things and make decisions with our heart and not our head when it involves our cattle.
In addition the members are supported by two great registry’s that do everything in their power to support the members. I think it is safe to say that this may be the only business not run remotely like a business, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Sometimes in the rush of business life we don’t say thank you loud enough to be heard. I want to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to all the members in each registry
for their efforts in promoting this majestic breed.
Years ago we had a board member, Gersh Lundberg. He began breeding watusi and was hooked. Through the years he has moved across the country and yet still hauled his little herd with him. Gersh was always interested in upswept horn and quality. His original animals were native pure and he has not kept up his paperwork through the years. He still has a small group of 9 head, but would like to outcross as all of his are very closely related.
Per Gersh, “Thank you for the info. Not sure I want to go back into registration. I had hoped the WWA had abandoned the purity thing, and was willing to let the animals stand on their own merits. But I do understand the underlying motivation.
Right now I am happy with my small herd, except that…
1) They are all closely related. That isn’t necessarily a problem, unless there are bad recessive genes, which I haven’t seen in my herd.
2) I still love tall-horned.”
To this end he would love to trade a few animals or purchase some that are not outrageously priced. Gersh can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will soon be posting an updated version of our Rules and Regulations to include all changes that have been implemented in recent years. The majority of these changes have to do with our registration procedures regarding the Hardship program, photographs, qualification for registration and fees. As always, if there are any questions regarding any of the association’s procedures feel free to contact any member of the Board or the office at any time. All of these contacts are listed on the website.
Good morning. We all had a great time at Macon and got quite a bit of work done. It was great to see so many watusi lovers. The Board of Directors voted to retain the percentage hardship program and we are continuing to receive applications on some very nice animals. We discussed at length the differing opinions on this program prior to making our decision. If you were hoping for a different result, please don’t feel we ignored your concerns. Any questions, suggestions or such for this or ANY of our programs and procedures are welcome and encouraged from everyone at any time.
More boring information from the Association….LOL. Many more registration applications keep coming in which is very exciting. We have new members, it is spring and we are getting new calves on our farms. Some of us are trying to catch up on long neglected paperwork (oops, guilty!). We can use snail mail to send in our applications, money and registration photographs but many of us have discovered the wonderful convenience of using email or texting to submit our photos. This is so wonderful and helpful from the old methods, BUT…
When sending in these photos please remember to include your name and the name of the animal that is in the photograph. Robin never wants to sound picky or pushy, but despite all of her wonderful qualities being psychic is not one of them. I personally, consistently forget to tell the sex of my calves (and horses and donkeys…). I have yet to find anyone that can guess without some input as much as I may try.
Watusi aficionados have watched and waited for a special bull that would add value to current genetics. Now Titan Wolf can do it. He adds all the color of Africa to a lateral horn spread (85.5″) clean into the next county. It may be time to start a serious AI Watusi program.
At Dickinson Cattle Co we are so pleased with the progeny of Titan, a one time special offer of half price on his semen is offered — just $25 per straw (USA only) for the month of May, minimum 10 straws, plus shipping. If you like these calves below, you will want Titan.
Well we should all be home after our Macon adventure. The WWA had a good sale with a number of young animals sold, a few adults and and several nice to very nice steers. Everyone had something to choose from. We will post some of the social media accounts and stories from our event. Here are a few to start with:
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.
Don’t forget that there will be a watusi sale on Thursday, April 5, 2017 at the Lolli Bros Exotic Sale in Macon, Missouri. There are some fine animals consigned. This is one of the rare opportunities to view and purchase a number of registered watusi in one location.
The World Watusi Association will also host their annual Spring Fling on Wednesday April 5, 2017 at 7:00 pm at the Comfort Inn in Macon, Missouri. All are welcome. Dinner will be served together with all the watusi gossip you can handle. We will also have our ‘Fun Auction’ of donated items including this year homemade pies. Bring your checkbook and the family.
The World Watusi Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and advancement of African Ankole- Watusi cattle.