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Watusi Cattle
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Watusi Cattle at The Farm at Walnut Creek

Watusi cattle are herbivores, and their diet includes grasses, leaves, and acorns. Their digestive systems have the ability to utilize poor quality 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 on the continents of Europe, South America, Australia, and North America. Their life expectancy is more than 20 years.

The animals' large horns are honeycombed with blood vessels and are used to thermo-regulate in hot temperatures. Blood moving through the horns is cooled by moving air, and then flows back into the body and lowers the animal's body temperature.

Physical Description
The Ankole-Watusi is medium in size, with cows weighing 900 - 1200 pounds and bulls weighing 1000 - 1600 pounds. Newborn calves weigh just 30 - 50 pounds and remain small for several months. This small birth weight makes Ankole-Watusi bulls useful for breeding to first-calf-heifers of other breeds. By far this bovine’s most distinctive characteristic is its tremendous horns that are used as a cooling device. They act just like the radiator in your car. Blood circulates through the horns to cool before returning to the main body.
Habitat & Range
East Africa, Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya
Social Structure
During the day, the miniature 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.
Watusi get their name from the Watusi tribes that developed and bred them and used them to show a person’s social status in their native homeland of Africa. They are also known as “The Cattle of Kinds” because their large, magnificent horns can measure up to 10 feet tip to tip with a base diameter of 6 inches.
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