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The Regal Ankole-Watusi cattle are the show-stoppers of the bovine kingdom. Medium-sized cattle, with long, large-diameter horns, they are visually-exciting and attract attention wherever they appear. The Watusi sports the largest and most impressive horns of all cattle. Skookumhorse Ranch is one of the few Watusi breeders in Canada.
Why of all Breeds of cattle would one choose the Watusi? Well from the first time I layed eyes on one in South Africa many years ago, it was love at first site - so to speak. Growing up on a cattle ranch and having a background in 4H beef, I have over thirth years of breeding and raising cattle. I have found that "biggest" isn't always "best" (only when it comes to horns!). Matching inputs with performance and growth is the key to developing a profitable herd, plus developing a "niche" market for yourself don't hurt either.
Having a background of selling other Exotic Livestock and naturally raised healthy meats from these exotcs, I had established high principles set forth by my existing customers. So I chose to focus on the Watusi, as it had a balance of important traits demanded by my select customers. I have found the Watusi fit my bill as a breed with a long history of being predicatble at combining, maternal instinct, fertility, calving ease, soundness, easy keepers, carcass quality traits with optimal growth performance, longevity, regal massive horns, parasite and disease resistant, and the ability to convert roughage profitably will repeatedly produce cattle with "real value" for the buyer. I have also found the Watusi has other uses such as their ability in the production of superior cross-bred roping animals. All of these traits are included in attractive eye-appealing package.
The Watusi is one of the few breeds that can trace its ancestry closely back to the Auroch, a extinct breed of Cattle, some say the "original" cattle from which all cattle breeds evolved from. The Watusi is ancient breed has played a huge role in African history and have existed for more than 7,000 years and there are paintings on cave walls and Egyptian tombs depicting them, plus it is regarded in many areas as sacred. In Africa traditionally wealth and social status are measured in living head of cattle. With the African Kings only owning cattle with the largest horns, and thus are aptly known as the "Cattle of Kings" for this reason!
Can Watusi's handle the Canadian Winters?
This was a question I asked myself before I got into Watusi's as well. I did my research, and discovered a Family in Northern Oregon (Ed Valfour and Family) and they have been raising Watusi cattle in the mountains for over 45 years. They had winters, cold temperatures and lots of snow. Their Watusi's lived in it, never having a barn or shelter to get out of the wind, just timber as a break. I was very impressed with their herd and their ability to thrive in a cold climate exactly like that in Canada, and their Watusi's grew a decent winter coat! I purchased all my animals off of them in 2009, and have never had a problem with my animals adapting and thriving to winters the southern Caribou mountains of BC can throw at them.