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BUTLER cattle trace a family mating program back to the early twenties. Milby Butler and son, Henry, operated ranching interests south and east of Houston at League City.
A detailed article on the history of this family of cattle appeared in the Winter 1979 Texas Longhorn Journal.
Only about 1% of the registered cattle could trace to any Butler blood prior to 1975. Today they are one of the most sought after families for those who breed for horns.
Many Butler bulls became popular, such as Classic, Superior, Unlimited, Blue Horns, Dixie Hunter, Tabasco, Dixie Rebel, Conquistador, Bold Ruler, Man O' War, Monarch, Holman B1, Sam and others. This family is the most popular out cross to other foundation strains.
The Butler cattle are known for their lateral horn. Most of the biggest horned bulls of the breed have some Butler blood. The Butler cow, Beauty at 58" set an early record and her son Classic at 61" topped all bulls prior to 1980.
It appears the old Butler cattle have practically no blood found in the other six families as far as direct association. They are very different by body type and DNA.
Record prices in the Longhorn world were paid for Butler cattle during the 1980's. Blend Butler blood still tops most sales. It is difficult to predict progeny color of most Butler cattle. They fall to a white color often with dark ears, nose, eyes and ankles.
The Butler cattle are nearly as intensely inbred as WR. Many Butler cattle are also small, much like WR.
About 15% of the Dickinson Cattle Co., Inc. herd is Butler blood. They the leading source of the old corkscrew horn twist.