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Buying Cattle at Auction vs Private Treaty


What are some of the reasons for not buying or for being cautious when buying at an auction?  

1) Always remember that the animal is being offered for a reason.  

a. Ask yourself “why is this animal being sold?” Is this animal in the sale because it has a defect such as poor fertility, bad udder, poor quality offspring or bad habits. Have you seen this animal in several different sales within the last year? Repeat sale appearances could mean there is a problem with the animal.

b. The animal could be in the sale simply because the seller is overstocked, is short on pasture/hay or has kept offspring out of this animal.

But how do you know which of these is the case. You must be observant when looking at the animal, ask questions of the seller if they are available and check production records.

 2) You have to make a buying decision in a matter of a few seconds before the auctioneer slams the gavel and says “sold”.

3) You can get caught up in the bidding and end up over spending.

4) The consignor will need a higher sale price for the animal due to their added expenses, high consignment fees and commissions that are charged by most sales.  

5) You should always be aware of who you are bidding against. In some cases it might be a friend or someone who has been instructed to run the bidding up to the price the seller wants for that animal.  

6) At some sales a floor or minimum has been set by the sale promoter to keep the sale average higher. Sales have the right to do this, but the floor prices should be announced before the sale. This is not always done and it creates a problem for you as a buyer, because you won’t know the true market value of the cattle. Market Value: the amount that a seller could expect to obtain for property or goods sold on the open market.

7) Sometimes you can end up traveling to a sale only to have all the cattle you are interested in sell for prices that are out of your price range. You still have the travel expense, but no cattle to show for it.  

Now let’s take a look at some of the aspects, both positive and negative, of purchasing cattle by “private treaty”. Private Treaty is the sale of property according to terms negotiated between the buyer and seller. This method of selling and purchasing cattle generally only involves the seller and the buyer. There is no auctioneer, ringmen, multiple buyers or sale Management Company involved in this type of sale. It is more of a one-on-one approach.  

What are some of the negative reasons for purchasing cattle by Private Treaty?

1) May require a great deal of traveling in order to acquire different genetics that you are interested in adding to your program.  

2) As a prospective buyer you may feel pressured by some sellers to make a purchase. Most breeders will be happy to show you their cattle and program without pressuring you to make a purchase.

3) The price is set by the seller and it may or may not reflect the market value of the animal. In other words, if you plan on reselling the animal shortly after you have purchased it, you may or may not get your money back out of the animal. When you consider the price, you need to decide if you are willing to pay that amount to have the animal in your herd. Is the animal worth it to you? It’s that simple.

4) You will probably receive little to no public recognition of your purchases unless the seller places a “thank you” ad in a breed magazine. This could be considered a pro or a con depending on the buyer’s perspective.




What can you get with Butler Genetics?

90 Inches of Horn Tip-to-Tip

A Public Auction Price of $61,000

 Longest Horn Cow to Sale at Public Auction

Like a lot of the biggest horned cattle in our industry this beautiful cow traces back to Butler Genetics. Her pedigree is a least 34.375 % Butler.


Butler Genetics Do It Again!

With a pedigree containing at least 5/8 of proven "Butler Horn Producing Genetics" Bar H Appaloosa Anny not only captured a Horn Showcase Bronze but also TOPPED the Horn Showcase Sale at $42,000. Congratulation to Christopher Herron on the sale of this great female and to Joe & Lorinda Valentine on their purchase. If you want Horn then add some Butler to your breeding program by contacting a Butler Breeder today.


The Secret to Producing Horn

What do these 4 cows have in Common besides 80 plus inches of Horn?

Answer: Butler Genetics 


All four of these super long horned females trace back to at least 34.375% Butler breeding. The longest horned female in the breed, BL Rio Catchit (90.25"), traces back to no less than 46.875% Butler genetics. Some of the most respected Registered Texas Longhorn breeders of all time used Butler genetics as a key part of their programs. Johnny Hoffman, Betty Lamb, Blackie Graves, and JW Issacs are legendary breeders who are still recognized for their contributions to the Texas Longhorn cattle breed. Each one of them utilized Butler genetics extensively as they built their programs. I had the honor of showing cattle for Mr. Johnnie and he told me on several occasions....


"You take the Butler out of your herd and you'll take the horn out of your herd."
---Johnnie Hoffman


Today's breeding legends like Owen McGill and Bob Loomis have recognized the importance of Butler genetics, and have built elite herds resulting in some of the longest horned cattle in the history of our breed. The gentics from these herds are some of the most sought after genetics in the Longhorn industry
and they were built around Butler cattle. While straight Butler cattle won't necessarily have as long a tip-to-tip horn measurement as the cattle with blended pedigrees. After reviewing the pedigrees of the longest horned cattle in the breed it is pretty clear that Butler cattle are a major contributor to the hybrid vigor needed to produce Record Setting horn length when crossed with other bloodlines.


Take your herd the next level in horn production by following the examples of these great breeders by building your program around straight Butler Genetics. You will have the oppertunity to start that horn improvement process on August 31, 2013 at the Butler Breeders Invitational Sale in Lockhart, TX.


A Shrinking Longhorn Gene Pool



In the early days of the Texas Longhorn Breed registry and even before there was a breed registry (TLBAA) there was only a hand full of folks that were dedicated to preserving the Longhorn or at least their idea of the Longhorn. This in most cases was usually based on childhood memories. These individuals were located in different parts of the country but mostly Texas. These folks would gather together any cattle that they felt showed to be Longhorn or a strong Longhorn influence. They acquired these cattle by various means such as inherited from family, purchases at auction barns, slaughter houses and from individuals out in the country.


As time went by these small isolated herds of Longhorns would become the foundation for preserving the Longhorn breed. These herds would be referred to by their owners’ last names…Marks, Yates, Butler, Phillips, Peeler, and Wright. Because these herds were mainly closed to outside influence they became known as a straight Longhorn bloodline or straight family of Longhorn cattle because their ancestry could be traced back to only cattle from that herd or the cattle that made up the foundation of that herd.  They were not genetically closely related to any of the other herds. They are all Longhorns but exhibited slight variations from herd to herd in their phenotype and breeder selected traits. These variations were mainly based on that breeder’s particular preference for a particular look or trait. In the 1960’s the government sent out a group of inspectors to select cattle to establish a herd of Longhorns on the Wichita Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. This herd would take on the name of WR which is the brand they carried on their shoulder. The WR cattle would be added to the above list of foundation herds. Later on these seven herds would end up becoming known as the “Seven Families”. These herds would become the foundation of today’s modern day Longhorn herds. The term used to describe the cattle that trace back to only one of these herds throughout its pedigree was “Straight” and whatever the breeder or herd name. (Example: Straight Marks). CLICK For Complete Article