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“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!”
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