Since writing “The Real Butler Story”
I’ve had many inquiries questioning if “Man O’War is a Butler bull or
not”. I uncovered some of the fallacies and inconsistencies in his
actual registration, however an excerpt from the 2003 Butler Breeder’s
Invitational sale catalog explains it clearly. “Unlike paperwork,
which becomes separated from the animal, brands stay with the animal for life.
And as any good cowman knows, brands tell a cow’s life story. If the
brands identified it as Butler, then it was Butler. “
Listed below are the facts on Man O’War:
O’War, TLBAA #2110, DOB 1/1/1971, was registered by F.M. Graves of Dayton,
Texas in 1976.
O’War’s dam, Emporia, TLBAA #421, DOB 1/1/63, was supposedly sold as a
two year old at the 1965 San Antonio Sale to the Wrights of Robstown, Texas.
O’War is the only known offspring of Riviero, TLBAA #48, DOB 1/1/63.
It is highly unusual that there are no other offspring/sibling to compare
Eckols of Liberty, Texas, not F.M. Graves, branded this bull. Buck Eckols
brand can be clearly seen on the right side of Man O’War in the
picture below. This is the only brand Man O’War ever wore.
Therefore, the only logically conclusion is that since Buck Eckols raised
Longhorns originating from the Peeler family line, and he branded Man O’War,
then Man O’War is actually a Peeler bred bull, not Butler.