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The 20th Annual Butler Texas Longhorn Breeders Sale is fast approching. This year's sale will be a very special event and we broadcast live on the internet with Cattle In Motion. You be able to bid and watch the sale on Cattle In Motion, who is one of the leading internet sale providers in the cattle industry. Click for PDF of 2017 BUTLER BREEDERS SALE CATALOG (coming in August)

 

                          

Butler Breeder's

20 years and Counting

By Kaso Kety

Printed in the August 2017 Texas Longhorn Trails

 

Labor Day Weekend, 2017, will mark the 20th anniversary for the Butler Breeder’s  Invitational Sale. This historic milestone for one of the industry’s most popular and unique Texas Longhorn Sales provides an excellent opportunity to look back at the sale’s history as well as the state of the Butler bloodline yesterday, today and tomorrow.

BUTLER BLOODLINE HISTORY

Milby Butler, born in 1889, was a cowman at birth with a Brahma cow registered in his name when he was one week old. Initially, Milby’s primary interest was the family’s excellent Brahman herd. It was his son, Henry, who actually started the Longhorn herd, beginning with cattle he had received for working as a hand during the cattle roundups on the open rangeland between Houston and Galveston, Texas. From the time he was ten-yearsold, Henry helped with the roping and branding and took his pay in heifers. “I always took the big-horned ones,” Henry said. Their origin was “just old, big-horned East Texas cattle.” These became an important part of the Butlers’ foundation herd. The Butler family also ran an extensive stock pen and slaughterhouse business. The best cattle were sifted out over the years and retained for the growing Longhorn herd. In 1923, Milby separated the Longhorns from the rest of his cattle. While he was very interested in preserving the native Longhorns, it was not until Henry was away in the service during World War II that Milby took an active interest in raising the cattle. He soon assumed responsibility for the ranch’s Longhorn breeding program. In 1931, the Butlers traded Pat Phelps of Newton County (Texas) two Brahman cows for a white, “flea bitten” Longhorn cow. This white, speckled cow with red ears, red rings around the eyes and nose, and red specks on her ankles became the first source of the color trait many people refer to as “Butler color.” Henry once described her as a medium-sized cow with a double twist corkscrew horn shape. In his search for outside Longhorn blood, Milby purchased five cows from Esteban Garcia of Encino, Texas. These cattle were not of the East Texas variety, but were true Mexican cattle. They came off of a dry desert and had been living on cactus most of their lives. They had callouses on their knees and hocks from getting up and down on rocks and cactus. Their mouths were so full of pear spears that their muzzles looked like the backs of porcupines. When the cattle were shipped to the Butlers at League City, only two of the five survived. Although of an entirely different bloodline, these cows bore the “Butler” trait of large, corkscrew horns. One of the two, a red cow with a white star on her forehead, was among the longhorns loaned to John Wayne for use in the film, The Alamo. Subsequently christened “Miss John Wayne,” this cow lived to be 37 years old, giving birth to 12 bulls and no heifers. These sons were used as outcross Longhorn blood on the original Butler herd. Milby had Miss John Wayne’s head mounted after she died, and it now resides in the Butler Longhorn Museum in League City, Texas. The Butlers used many white and roan bulls as herd sires. The main cow herd had been dominated by the solid colors common in most herds of the day. By breeding white bulls on solid cows, many unusual and outstanding colors resulted in the offspring. In conversations with Sam Partlow, F.M. “Blackie” Graves and Dewitt Meshell, they all remember the Milby and Henry Butler herd as filled with cattle of every color imaginable. Although he enjoyed the many wonderful colors that would “pop up” in the herd, Milby’s true passion was the horn growth the cattle could produce. Click for complete article in a PDF

Butler Breeders Annual Sale

“How It Got Started”

by Marlene Hooks in 2010

Can you imagine a day too cold to deer hunt? That’s what Kaso Kety tells me, “It was too cold to get out of the truck so Michael McLeod and I sat and talked”. They talked at length about the recent Blackie Graves dispersal sale. Mr. Blackie was famous for his Butler cattle even though his herd had become more blended over the years. When it came time to offer his herd to the public, it was the straight Butler animals that caught the interest of the crowd and brought the highest prices. Kaso realized that the scarcity of pure Butler bloodlines was a matter of concern for those who love the Milby Butler family of longhorns. So many of the other families had all but disappeared. The reason was apparent, people had learned the value of combining the best of each family. Butler and WR seemed to produce the perfect animal but it did nothing to maintain the original families. Kaso felt that, in the near future, it would be hard, if not impossible, to find pure Butler cattle and the bloodline would be lost forever.

An idea had been forming in Kaso’s mind and now was the opportunity to voice it to someone with an equal love for the Butler family. The idea to have a sale, offering nothing by verifiable straight Butler animals, was laid out for inspection. They poked holes in it and then patched them as the idea became a plan. Next on the agenda was getting other Butler enthusiasts on board. Letters were sent out to everyone who had supported Butlers in the past. The first meeting was held with nine ranches represented. Everyone was ready and willing to get on board. Mr. Blackie’s sale had shown them that Butler was a hot ticket and the time was right to band together to save and promote this beautiful family of longhorns.

Lockhart, Texas, with its central location, was chosen as sale site. It worked out so well that the sale has never moved. It was decided to go with an offering of eighty head, something else that has not changed. Kaso understands that “only a certain amount of money is coming to a sale. Keeping the numbers lower keeps the prices higher.” Those first sales were made up of mostly the larger established Butler breeders but as time passed the buyers came back as consignors. The original sale consisted of older animals but now the offspring of those first consignments are coming through the sale ring representing the new crop of Butler breeders. The Butler Breeders group keeps growing as these new folks step up to help with the sale and promote the Butler bloodline.

“That first sale was a little scary. How many head could we get? Were there enough good animals that people would be willing to sell? The first year I let Delta Rockette go.” Each year since, Kaso has consigned five head, 2 really nice and three exceptional. That’s over thirty outstanding animals in the past ten years. Some of the top named animals of the longhorn breed today came through the Butler Sale. Kaso’s philosophy is, “Nothing worthwhile is without sacrifice.”

Everyone involved with the sale will tell you that it’s the people who make it all work. It’s the group effort that makes the sale doable. It’s a ’break-even’ sale. “We’re not trying to make any money off anyone. After all, it’s your program and you stand behind it so we don’t charge a commission on top of consignment fees. Those who put in the most effort reap the greatest reward.” Thanks to volunteers and donated lots we’re able to keep costs down.  These folks really like each other. They get together outside of the sale stuff. They help each other by hauling cattle, boarding cattle, relaying cattle along the road to the sale or in getting purchases home. The spirit of cooperation has forged true friendships albeit long distance in some cases. Butler breeders come from great distances to be a part of this group. Yes, the people are a reason for the continued success of the Butler Breeders Sale but Kaso is quick to say, “The cattle have been getting the job done all these years and that is the real reason the sale is successful.” The 2010 sale has a tremendous offering. The heifer sale began as a way to allow more animals into the sale while keeping the original eighty head limit. These young animals have been a huge success and the heifer sale idea has been copied by many other sales.

The goals envisioned at the very first meeting have been fulfilled beyond anyone‘s wildest dreams. The Butler family has been saved from assimilation and is very alive and well. The sale continues to grow while maintaining healthy sale averages. The Butler sale seems to be insulated from the ups and downs of the cattle industry. New members are the lifeblood of any organization and the Butler group is going strong in that department. It all comes back around to the cattle. Looking back, the quality has always been a constant which is only enhanced by improved herd management and the availability of these outstanding animals from an ever widening range of breeders. It’s good to start a program with outstanding cattle instead of spending several generations building it up. Boy, folks have got it good today thanks to the Butler group.

From an idea to a plan to reality, Kaso readily admits, “The Lord has blessed me!”

 

Butler Breeders Invitational Sale

Labor Day Weekend

Lockhart, TX

Contact:

Kaso Kety

(985) 796-3918

 

Check out Butler bloodlines and pedigrees on the Butler website: butlertexaslonghorns.com