The Butler Longhorns live on
Milby Butler died October 16, 1971, a few months before his 83rd birthday. Years after his death, there still survives an identifiable type of Texas Longhorn cattle that bears the Butler name, which may be traced in an unbroken line to the native big-horned cattle of East Texas and the Gulf Coast. It is only chance that any survive at all. Most of Milby Butler's beloved Longhorns were butchered after he died, and the rest scattered. Through the efforts of a few breeders, the Butler cattle have grown in numbers and prominence in recent years and are favored by many now for their exceptional horn growth. To see how these cattle came to be, it is necessary to consider a time when pioneers came to southeast Texas to carve a life out of a grasslands wilderness. Read more here.