Fortune’s Rafter U Cross 15th Annual Angus Bull Sale
Date: April 28, 2015
Location: Philip Livestock Auction, Philip, SD
Auctioneer: Lynn Weishaar
Reported by: Dan Piroutek & Scott Dirk
91 Angus bulls $6,332
40 Black pairs – $3,550
218 commercial black heifers – $1,799
13 Baldie heifers – $1,600
Fortune’s Rafter U Cross Angus is a solid rancher seedstock program whose Angus bulls have found strong favor with western South Dakota cowmen. This growing program has established its priorities with maternal performance, quality, and doing good business with ranchers.
A family outfit, headquartered out of Quinn, South Dakota, Roger Fortune, and wife, Bonna, and their son, Cory, and his wife, Alicia, presented their annual production sale at Philip Livestock Auction. Their program has developed a strong following among South Dakota Badlands and Cheyenne River country commercial cattlemen, and they dominated the crowd at ringside.
Fortunes have built their herd upon proven Angus Sire Evaluation leaders, emphasizing the mother cow traits. This sale featured strong sire groups by the cowherd builders, Confidence, Conquest, Sullivan, West River, and Cinch, which all offered calving ease. Bulls with extra performance were by Bandstand, Rainmaker, and Juneau.
The Fortune bulls were strong on quality, uniformity, and proven genetics. They were presented in ideal conditions for rancher acceptance. A solid, fast-paced sale was supported by the large crowd of cattlemen and neighbors who have found success with Fortune’s bulls. Their guarantee is well documented by their customers. There were many opportunities to purchase high quality pairs and heifers.
Top selling bull of the day was Lot 90, selling for $14,500 to Jeff Nelson, Philip, South Dakota This 9-22-13 son of Sitz Rainmaker 714X was out of a Connealy Kaboom 7562 daughter. He had EPDs of BW 1.8, WW 60, YW 110, and MILK 27.
Another purchase by Jeff Nelson, was Lot 97. This two-year-old son of Sitz Rainmaker 714X was out of a daughter of Sitz Game Day 8636. He was born at 70 pounds, weaned at 768 pounds and grew to a yearling weight of 1,211 pounds. With a 41 cm. scrotal measurement, he had EPDs of BW 1.5, WW 55, YW 96, and MILK 17.
A yearling son of Connealy Confidence 0110 was Lot 8, and hands were waving as he entered the ring. With a final bid of $13,500, the new owner was Matt Heeb, Midland, South Dakota. Only 65 pounds at birth, he weaned at 780 pounds and reached a yearling weight of 1263 pounds. His EPDs were CED 15, BW -1.7, WW 51, YW 87, and MILK 25.
Don Nixon, Alzada, Mont., paid $10,500 each for two of the top Fortune bulls. Both were two-year old sons of Sitz Rainmaker 714X. Lot 98 was out of a daughter of Sitz Game Day 8636, and had a 65 pound birth weight. He posted EPDs of BW 0.6, WW 50, YW 87, and MILK 18. Lot 99 was 70 pounds at birth, and had EPDs of BW 0.9, WW 51, YW 86, and MILK 20.
Another bull at $10,500, Lot 34 sold to Seth Thomsen, Long Valley, South Dakota. This yearling bull was a son of SAV Bandstand 1127. He was born at 90 pounds, weaned at 801 pounds to ratio 103, and grew to a yearling weight of 1,303 pounds to ratio 105. His EPDs were BW 4.2, WW 62, YW 109, and MILK 25.
This was the best sale average ever for Fortune’s Rafter U Cross. The future looks very bright for this operation, as I truly believe that this is one of the genetically strong Angus herds in the Midwest.