KenCo Cattle Company

This week we aren’t headed too far home; just 3 hours south to the town of Auburn, Kentucky for the Family Matters Production sale hosted by KenCo Cattle Company. The cattle will start arriving today, Wednesday, and be available for viewing until the noon sharp sale on Saturday. It looks like all of the hurricane weather will be getting out of the area and it will be a warm, beautiful day for the sale.¬†

Ken Butner is one of the longest Simmental breeders in the state of Tennessee. Tennessee is a very rich state in long-standing successful Simmental operations. Ken and his partner Wallace Harris bought their first Simmental together in 1994 and formed H&B Simmental. It’s really interesting how Ken’s partnership with Wallace Harris has come full circle because Wallace’s grandson is Tyler Kreger of Tylertown Simmentals. Him and his wife Sloane are members of the Family Matters Sale. Long before Tyler was thought about, Ken and Wallace started the goal of having a sale. Of course, it took several years and planning to make this happen, but the Family Matters Sale was born. Ken credits the purchases of SAFN Glamour 11J from Sue Ann Fletcher Nichols as one of the best and herd changing decision he has made. If you are looking for a history lesson for some of you younger Simmental, breeders you can click the link to learn more about 11J, and her genetic history. A few years later Ken purchased SAFN Shes Glamorous 299L, a full sister to 11J. As you look through this year’s catalog you can still see the influence of these great Simmental cow families in the KenCo herd. In 2012, one of the most notable females to go through the ring was KenCo Steel Magnolia; who caught the attention of a lot of breeders. She was purchased by Silent Night Farms in Texas, and has been of their lead donors and has produced many sale features.

Of course with putting on a great production sale for many years takes a lot of hardwork, dedication, and planning. Randy Favorite, manager of KenCo Cattle Company has been with Ken since the days of the H&B Simmental partnership. Randy’s daughters Macey and Megan have shown a number of KenCo females to great success at shows across the country. When preparing for a sale, Ken says the hardest thing is deciding which ones to sell. You always want to offer your best to your customer, but its difficult to decide which to let go. It is worth it though sale day, as you are visiting with new and old customers who have made the drive or phone call to bid on your cattle.

Ken and his family live in Nashville, but their farm is located about an hour south. Ken built a house on the farm to escape the hustle of Nashville, and escape away to the farm. Ken has a son Kenny and a daughter Kelley, but his real prize is his 7 grandchildren; Alexandria, Amanda, Allison, Annalise, Christian, Daniel, and Lillian Rose.

Ken along with guest consignors Tyler and Sloane Kreger, and Steve and Kevin Sieg would like to invite you to the Family Matters Production Sale this weekend in Auburn, Kentucky. If you can’t be with us in the seats, the sale will be broadcasted online on DVAuction. There are videos of the offering which you can find on our website , along with the catalog.



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