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Big Red

Ankole-Watusi Cattle

Overall satisfaction

3.25/5

Acquired: Worked with animal (didn’t own)

Gender: Male

Appearance

5/5

Temperament

3/5

Health

5/5

Growth rate

4/5

Calving ease

N/A

Tolerance for heat

5/5

Tolerance for cold

1/5

Commercial value

5/5

Big Red (watusi)

By

United States

Posted May 29, 2014

You can make some breeds of cows into pets. Male dairy's make excellent paddock mates for senior horses, and I once had an angus that would follow me around the field like a dog! Watusi? Not so much.

This breed is a little more wild than some of the others. A little less trusting, less willing to get close to humans. At least, the ones I've dealt with have been.

I know that in places where the breed is being actively used, the case may be different. For me though, I cannot see this breed as being easily tamed and should be kept in the industry of 'bred for a purpose' rather than as a pet.

This is one of the only cow breeds that I'm leery of dealing with. The full grown males (which is all that has come to our sanctuary) have extremely large horns. Thick, long, and rather sharp, it makes me very uncomfortable to be in the field with them. Even if they aren't meaning to get me, one wrong swipe of the head and I'm going to get hit! Beautiful to look at, though. I have to say that.

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