Hello fellow Longhorn breeders I hope this finds you well. Before I get into rules and guidelines for the online Butler Breeder’s Futurity I would like to express how exciting this event is for the bright future of the Butler Bloodline and Butler Breeders alike.
General Guidelines and Rules
You will need to get two quality photos, one standing to the side with the animal looking at the camera and a photo standing in front of the animal with them looking at you (head shot). Now remember a good quality photo is very important and could be the deciding factor of the score. Pick a nice sunny day for pictures and videos, try and not capture other animals in your film and make sure the head is up and looking over its shoulder with ears forward. Make sure there’s not any objects in the picture like hay rings, feed troughs etc.
Now your video will need to be kept short, sweet and to the point but at the same time try and spotlight your animal for soundness and characteristics typical of a Texas Longhorn. Your video needs to be 20 to 25 seconds, the judges will want to see the animals move around some, so get as close as you can but not too close to video (I recommend about 15 to 20 feet). They will want see its legs, head, topline and rump so try and walk around the animal as it moves (this is not as tough as its sounds). (If you need to see a reference video you can go to www.butlerbreedersfuturity.com and select videos)
Here are some photography and video examples and tips:
Tips of horn in the sky
Clear background behind animal
Get at the animals level
Sun behind camera(to your back)
When using an Cell phone to video, please make sure you hold it horizontal or the video will come out small on the website.
Head Shot Example:
Side View Example:
In the pictures and videos we will not be real strict on brands because we all know that the animal could belong to another breeder. We would ask though to not make it a point to get any close ups of the brand or have any ranch signs or symbols in your video or pictures. Judges are scoring cattle not your ranch or the breeder, advertisement will come later.
All cattle entered in the Butler Breeder’s Futurity have to be 100% Straight Butler there are no exceptions to this rule.
All cattle entered will need to be ITLA or TLBAA registered and a copy of the registration will need to be sent in with your pictures and videos (please no originals).
The cattle have to be entered in to the class that their DOB falls on; there are no exceptions to the rule. So if your animals DOB are a day out of the last month of that class she will need to be entered in the next age class.
Once all entries are submitted and loaded on to website the judges will go in and score all cattle, there will be no info on the cattle at the time so the judges will not see who he or she belongs too. All Judges Decisions are and will be final. Once judging is completed and all scores are turned in and winners finalized, then all information will go in for each animal Ranch Name, Name of owner sire and dam, etc. Once completed it will be posted to the website for the public to see along with who the winners are.
So here are the dates to remember:
Books open May 17th. And entry forms and all info can be found at
The deadline to have all entries in is June 16th. (No entries will be accepted after this date so do not wait until the last minute to get your info in please).
July 1st all winners will be announced, all info will be present for the public to see and all winners info with pictures will be sent to the TLBAA to be published on the Butler Breeder’s page in the June issue.
There will be one winner of each class followed by a runner up; also there will be a high point heifer and a high point bull too.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact James Turner at 936-689-1914 we welcome everyone to be a part of this First ever event, have fun and good luck!