Watusi Cattle, also known as Ankole-Watusi

Ankole-Watusi cattle are the most impressive looking of the bovine kingdom. Medium-sized animals, with long, large-diameter horns, they attract attention wherever they appear. These regal animals can easily trace their ancestry back more than 6,000 years and are referred to as the "cattle of kings."

Long-horned, humpless domestic cattle were well established in the Nile Valley by 4000 B.C. These cattle, known as the Egyptian or Hamitic Longhorn, appear in pictographs in Egyptian pyramids. Over the next 2.000 years the Egyptian Longhorn migrated with its owners from the Nile to Ethiopia, and then down to the southern reaches of Africa.

By 2000 B. C., humped cattle (Longhorn Zebu) from Pakistan and India reached Africa. When these Zebu reached the region now known as Ethiopia and Somalia, they were interbred with the Egyptian Longhorn. The admixture produced -- the Sanga -- spread to the Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, and other parts of eastern Africa, becoming the base stock of many of the indigenous African breeds. The Sanga demonstrated most of the typical Zebu characteristics, such as pendulous dewlap and sheath, upturned horns, and a neck hump of variable size. Modern descendants of the Sanga, however, vary greatly in size, conformation, and horns, due to differing selection pressures by different tribes.

Particularly remarkable are the cattle found in Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi. In Uganda, the Nkole tribe's Sanga variety is known as the Ankole. In Rwanda and Burundi, the Tutsi tribe's Sanga variety is called the Watusi. The Rwanda common strain of Watusi is called Inkuku. The giant-horned strain, owned by the Tutsi kings and chiefs, is called the Inyambo, though some current tribal reports claim that this type is now extinct. Traditionally, Ankole-Watusi were considered sacred.

Watusi first came to America in the 1960s when Walter Schultz imported two bulls from zoos in Scandinavia and a female from Europe. Thanks to the efforts of private breeders, zoos, and associations, this magnificent animal is no longer endangered, but bred to encourage the finer aspects of appearance and hardiness. Their digestive systems have the ability to utilize poor quality and limited quantities of food and water. The animals' large horns are honeycombed with blood vessels, and are used to thermo-regulate in hot weather. Blood moving through the horns is cooled by moving air, and then flows back into the body and lowers the animal's body temperature. For more information view the Ankole Watusi International Registry at http://www.awir.org/.

The Watusi Herd at the Double S Ranch

We have two "Foundation Pure" bulls (i.e. they trace their ancestry to the initial imported animals) - Sundance Kid and Tabasco Kid. Three foundation pure females provide the registered breeding stock. We have a number of other fine animals for sale who look identical to the foundation pure animals but cannot trace their ancestry on paper.


Sundance Kid with Hot and Spicey - both "Foundation Pure"
 


 

 

Sundance with two females in the herd - these are Watusi but not pedigree

 

 

 

 

The "Three Musketeers".
These young bulls are offered for sale.
Sired by Sundance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ysabel and Angel (Foundation Pure)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Smokey Angel"

 

 

 

 

Tabasco  (Sundance X Hot and Spicey).
Foundation pure, he will be crossed with Angel and Ysabel.
 

 
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