Information about the Butler Bloodline
Featured Cattle For Sale

Featured cattle. For more information on these cattle click on photo. To set up an appointment to veiw cattle contact Russell Hooks at 409-381-0616.

Straight Butler Cow $2,200 

BH Spectrum - call for pricing

Diamond Dust - call for pricing 


Just My Thoughts and Observations

From over 35 years of Working with TEXAS LONGHORN

As we get started into the new year one can't help but to look to the future and wonder what is in store in the days, weeks and months to come. However, one also can't help but to reflect on the past years of life and the memories created over those years, both good and bad. One can also find themselves thinking of the changes that have come about over the years that have passed. I find it hard to realize that this June of 2015 will mark my thirty fifth year of being involved with the Texas Longhorn Breed. It was at the young age of 12 years old that I developed my passion for this wonderful and majestic breed. That passion still burns deep within me today and I couldn't image myself without Longhorns in my life. God has blessed me with the ability to work with these great cattle as a way of make a living. God not only blessed me with being able to work with a breed of cattle that I love but in the process, He has blessed me with many wonderful friends. All I can say is it has been an awesome journey! As I reflect on the 35 years I have spent with this breed, I thought it might be fun to share a little of that history with some of our new Texas Longhorn Breeders.  

Over my 35 years of working with Longhorns I have accumulated a pretty large collection of Longhorn magazines and sale catalogs. On rainy and dreary days I sometimes enjoy going through my collection and reflecting on the history that I have had the honor of witnessing in the breed.  I thought it would be nice to give the new breeders and those interested in the breeds history a chance to see where this breed has come from I have attached a PDF file (COMING SOON) of a sale catalog from 31 years ago. The Nacogdoches Texas Longhorn Sale was one of only a few Texas Longhorn sales in existence in the 1980's. This sale drew in sellers and buyers from all across the United States. The interest in the cattle was high and the numbers of registered Texas Longhorn cattle were very low. As you look through this catalog, you will notice that there are a few names that you will be familiar with and others that you will not know or may have only heard mentioned by another long time breeder. A lot of  Texas Longhorn breeders, Longhorn enthusiast, collectors and hobbyist that have come before us. Some had a major impact on the breed while others just simply enjoyed the breed and had little too no long term impact on the breed. Some of the cattle in this catalog can be found in the pedigrees of today's cattle, like Magic Marker. He is in the pedigree of two 80" horn bulls. Who are they? Any Guesses?

You will also notice a change in the quality of the cattle. Some will be quick to say "we have sure improved the breed in 30 plus years". But have we really improved the breed? I think the answer is both yes and no. I think we have made progress in the Longhorn breed in regards to beneficial traits of conformation, size and milk production. In my opinion these improvements are due in part to genetic selection and better herd management practices with better nutrition. We have also seen an "improvement", if you want to call it that, in the less important traits of horn length and hair coat color. These are for the most part, non-functional traits and have little to no benefit to the animal. All these improvements seem to have had little effect on the over physical characteristics (phenotype) of the breed. The phenotype (the visible and physical characteristics of an organism resulting from the interaction between its genetic makeup and the environment) has remained basically unchanged. The traits of horn length and hair color and there "improvements" have more to do with improving the animals eye appeal to prospective buyers or collectors. Any or all of these trait "improvements" can become harmful to the breed when taken to the extreme or becomes the sole focus of the breeder or breed.

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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.