Welcome to our little farm in North East Georgia where we spend our days gathering eggs in our two breeder hen houses, tending to a small heard of Watusi, and we enjoy keeping a flower garden in our backyard. There are many other things that keep us busy around here but I'll save those stories for another day.
Ankole - Watusi
Ankole - Watusi
The Ankole - Watusi is a breed of cattle originally native to Africa. Its large, distinctive horns, that can reach up to 8 feet (2.4 m) from tip to tip, are used for defense. Ankole-Watusis weigh from 900 to 1,600 pounds (410 to 730 kg). Living in the savannas and open grasslands, their diet consists of grass and leaves. The animal is sometimes known as Ankole or Watusi, and is one of the Sanga group of types.
What's so Special About Them
Watusi are able to utilize poor quality forage and limited quantities of food and water. These survival abilities have allowed them as a breed to not only survive the centuries in Africa but to become established in Europe, South America, Australia and North America. The Ankole-Watusi is medium in size, with cows weighing 950 to 1,200 pounds (430 to 540 kg) and bulls weighing 1,200 to 1,600 pounds (540 to 730 kg). Newborn calves weigh just 30 to 50 pounds (14 to 23 kg) and remain small for several months. This low birth-weight makes Ankole-Watusi bulls useful for breeding to first-calf-heifers of other breeds. During the day, the calves sleep together, with an "auntie" cow nearby for protection. At night, the herd-members sleep together, with the calves in the center of the group for protection. The horns of the adults serve as formidable weapons against any intruders.