When we started out with longhorn cattle we had a six-acre ranchette at Queen Creek, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix. One of our neighbors had a Texas Longhorn steer on his property that we began watching. Finally, like many other people, we decided "we need one of those, too". After contacting a local breeder, we discovered we could even have some beautiful mama cows. We bought three cows with calves and a young bull. We didn't even buy a steer until four years later!
We purchased the land in Lufkin, Texas in 1997. We had no intentions of buying land so far away, but when we saw it we knew it was the place for us. We haven't had one regret. We enjoy the people, the country, and the Longhorn cattle. As many of you know, there is a big difference between the Sonoran Desert and Piney Woods of East Texas. We are not used to being damp all the time! In January 2008 we finally moved to the ranch and we haven't looked back.
We currently have about 200 head of longhorns. We enjoyed showing cattle for several years, and have had several class champions at the TLBAA World Show. We also had a TLBAA World Show Overall Grand Champion Non-Haltered Female. Now we enjoy taking our cattle to town for the TLBAA Horn Showcase. In two years we have brought home nine first place trophies! The Winchester Futurity is another fun event that we enjoy. The first place winners receive a rifle. We highly recommend this futurity.
We LOVE the LONG horns, and we breed for that. We have several cows that measure over 70 inches (and a bunch over 60"). The Bull power that we have now is incredible. Watson 167 and Working Man Chex have produced TLBAA Horn Showcase winners for us and we expect a real pretty heifer to represent Fantom Chex this year. FA Field Marshal is currently the longest horn Butler Bull in the industry. Bandera Chex's sire and dam are both TLBAA Horn Showcase winners.
We are also working on our straight Butler herd. A pure Butler Texas Longhorn is a longhorn whose genetics trace back to only cattle originating in the herd of Mr. Milby Butler (1889-1971). It is an honor to help preserve this magnificent bloodline for the future. Currently we have about 30 head and we are still growing. We enjoy the annual Butler Breeders Invitational Longhorn Sale in Lockhart, Texas where we have such a good time with all the friendly people.
We hope you enjoy our website. Please feel free to call or write with any questions. We would love to visit with you whether you already have longhorns or just thinking about getting some. If you are in our area, we would enjoy showing you this magnificent breed of cattle.