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Ankole-Watusi Cattle

Ankole-Watusi Cattle

Other name(s):
 Insanga; Inyambo; Inkuku

Scientific name: Bos Taurus

Country / Place of origin: Africa

History: Often referred to as the “Cattle of Kings”, the Ankole-Watusi breed originated in Africa with records indicating that they have been integral to the lives of various African tribes for thousands of years. Most associated with the Tutsi tribe of Ruwanda, the Ankole-Watusi cattle provided status (the King had the ones with the longest and largest horns, which were also considered sacred), was used as currency, and served as a source of food.

The Ankole-Watusi breed was introduced to the United States in the 1960s. The breed’s international registry was formed in Colorado in 1983. Breeders were interested in preserving the breed, others for using the Ankole for developing crossbred roping animals, and others for the low-fat and low-cholesterol meat quality of the cattle.

The digestive system of the Ankole-Watusi has adapted to harsh and sparse habitats, making them thrive not only in Africa but other areas like Europe, North and South America, and Australia.

Owners say:
star attraction, big look, nice black tips, giant horns
large horns, wrong swipe, charge
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