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Breed: Watusi:

  • The Watusi has the biggest horns -- the horns' spread can reach up to 8 feet across, and the diameter of the horns at the base can be as large as 8 inches.

  • The average bull weighs about 2,000 pounds and the average cow, 1,500.

  • The average bull stands about 5 feet high at the withers (excluding hump), and the cow, about 4 1/2 feet.

  • Usually a Watusi is red-and-white skewbald, but all colors and patterns can occur, including black, brown, yellow, grey, and white.

  • Watusi have long legs, a slanting rump, and a very long tail.

  • They have a small hump in the shoulder area.

  • Watusi are heat, drought, and insect tolerant.

  • They can withstand droughts because when they digest grass, they extract almost all the water out of their food.

  • Watusi prefer to stick together. At night they lie down in a close-knit sleeping group called a glum.

  • The Watusi are descended from the Ankole, a cattle native to the central African region that includes Barundi, Rwanda, and Zaire.

  • Their colorful patterns and long horns resulted from selective breeding techniques.

  • The Watusi was imported to the United States in the 1960s by way of Sweden.

  • Watusi are considered a rare breed of cattle.


big horns
Those are some horns!

Source: A Field Guide to Cows , by John Pukite, Falcon Press, Helena, Montana, 1996, pp. 38-39.
Photos from the Rollins Cattle Company