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Fortune’s Rafter U Cross 10th Annual Bull Sale

Dan Piroutek
Marvin and Baxter Anders of Anders Ranch, Elm Springs, SD

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Fortune’s Rafter U Cross, owned by Roger and Cory Fortune and their families of Quinn, SD, hosted an extra big crowd for their annual bull sale at Philip Livestock. They moved the date from March to April this year.

The Rafter U Cross program is built around making females that flesh easily, have good udders, and breed back on grass and nature without extra feed. They have invested heavily in genetics to produce problem-free cattle for their customers.

When you have time, you should go to the Fortune Ranch and have them show you their herd bull battery. They are on that ranch for a reason, and each one of them is an outstanding individual. I had a chance to see the young females that this ranch is producing, and any progressive rancher can use these good genetics.

Top selling bull of the day was Lot 50, Fortune’s Matrix 955, a son of BC Matrix 4132. His dam was Fortunes 4412 Magic 646, a daughter of the Rafter U Cross herd bull, SAV 004 Traveler 4412. At $6,750, the new owner was John Skrdla of Stuart, NE. This bull had weaned at 771 pounds to ratio 116 and weighed in at 1,370 pounds on April 8th. His EPDs included +3.5 BW, +64 WW, +107 YW and +21 MILK. This bull really looked the part of a herd bull with extra muscle and volume.

The Lot 1 bull was a very popular bull, and he sold for $5,100 to J.T. Moon from Creighton, SD. He was a son of the $65,000 SAV Pioneer 7301 AAA, and out of a 004 Traveler 4412 daughter. With a 68 pound birth weight, he had EPDs of +10 CED, +0.09 BW, +58 WW, +102 YW and +26 MILK. He weaned at 695 pounds to ratio 107.

John Skrdla from Nebraska was back to buy Lot 56 at $5,000. Here was a son of the Rafter U Cross herd bull, Sitz Game Day 8636, and out of a daughter of SAV 8180 Traveler 004. He had EPDs of +2.6 BW, +55 WW, +92 YW and +24 MILK. With a 76 pound birth weight, he weaned at 790 pounds to ratio 119.

Lot 3 sold for $4,400 to Jeff Nelson from Philip, SD. He was by Pioneer 7301 and out of a Larks Canyon 74D4 cow who had ratioed 109 on five calves. Weaning at 704 pounds, he had EPDs of +9 CED, +1.2 BW, +55 WW, +100 YW and +26 MILK.

Jeff Gabriel from Cottonwood, SD chose Lot 5, a Pioneer son at $4,400, with EPDs of +2.1 BW, +56 WW, +99 YW and +25 MILK.

The Lot 34 bull sold for $4,400 to Kenny Fox from Belvidere, SD. He was by the 4412 Rafter U Cross herd bull and had a 73 pound birth weight. His weaning weight was 697 pounds to ratio 105.

A very strong sale for the Fortune family – this herd is going to be very interesting to watch as these herd bulls put daughters back into their herd.

Fortune’s Rafter U Cross, owned by Roger and Cory Fortune and their families of Quinn, SD, hosted an extra big crowd for their annual bull sale at Philip Livestock. They moved the date from March to April this year.

The Rafter U Cross program is built around making females that flesh easily, have good udders, and breed back on grass and nature without extra feed. They have invested heavily in genetics to produce problem-free cattle for their customers.

When you have time, you should go to the Fortune Ranch and have them show you their herd bull battery. They are on that ranch for a reason, and each one of them is an outstanding individual. I had a chance to see the young females that this ranch is producing, and any progressive rancher can use these good genetics.

Top selling bull of the day was Lot 50, Fortune’s Matrix 955, a son of BC Matrix 4132. His dam was Fortunes 4412 Magic 646, a daughter of the Rafter U Cross herd bull, SAV 004 Traveler 4412. At $6,750, the new owner was John Skrdla of Stuart, NE. This bull had weaned at 771 pounds to ratio 116 and weighed in at 1,370 pounds on April 8th. His EPDs included +3.5 BW, +64 WW, +107 YW and +21 MILK. This bull really looked the part of a herd bull with extra muscle and volume.

The Lot 1 bull was a very popular bull, and he sold for $5,100 to J.T. Moon from Creighton, SD. He was a son of the $65,000 SAV Pioneer 7301 AAA, and out of a 004 Traveler 4412 daughter. With a 68 pound birth weight, he had EPDs of +10 CED, +0.09 BW, +58 WW, +102 YW and +26 MILK. He weaned at 695 pounds to ratio 107.

John Skrdla from Nebraska was back to buy Lot 56 at $5,000. Here was a son of the Rafter U Cross herd bull, Sitz Game Day 8636, and out of a daughter of SAV 8180 Traveler 004. He had EPDs of +2.6 BW, +55 WW, +92 YW and +24 MILK. With a 76 pound birth weight, he weaned at 790 pounds to ratio 119.

Lot 3 sold for $4,400 to Jeff Nelson from Philip, SD. He was by Pioneer 7301 and out of a Larks Canyon 74D4 cow who had ratioed 109 on five calves. Weaning at 704 pounds, he had EPDs of +9 CED, +1.2 BW, +55 WW, +100 YW and +26 MILK.

Jeff Gabriel from Cottonwood, SD chose Lot 5, a Pioneer son at $4,400, with EPDs of +2.1 BW, +56 WW, +99 YW and +25 MILK.

The Lot 34 bull sold for $4,400 to Kenny Fox from Belvidere, SD. He was by the 4412 Rafter U Cross herd bull and had a 73 pound birth weight. His weaning weight was 697 pounds to ratio 105.

A very strong sale for the Fortune family – this herd is going to be very interesting to watch as these herd bulls put daughters back into their herd.

Fortune’s Rafter U Cross, owned by Roger and Cory Fortune and their families of Quinn, SD, hosted an extra big crowd for their annual bull sale at Philip Livestock. They moved the date from March to April this year.

The Rafter U Cross program is built around making females that flesh easily, have good udders, and breed back on grass and nature without extra feed. They have invested heavily in genetics to produce problem-free cattle for their customers.

When you have time, you should go to the Fortune Ranch and have them show you their herd bull battery. They are on that ranch for a reason, and each one of them is an outstanding individual. I had a chance to see the young females that this ranch is producing, and any progressive rancher can use these good genetics.

Top selling bull of the day was Lot 50, Fortune’s Matrix 955, a son of BC Matrix 4132. His dam was Fortunes 4412 Magic 646, a daughter of the Rafter U Cross herd bull, SAV 004 Traveler 4412. At $6,750, the new owner was John Skrdla of Stuart, NE. This bull had weaned at 771 pounds to ratio 116 and weighed in at 1,370 pounds on April 8th. His EPDs included +3.5 BW, +64 WW, +107 YW and +21 MILK. This bull really looked the part of a herd bull with extra muscle and volume.

The Lot 1 bull was a very popular bull, and he sold for $5,100 to J.T. Moon from Creighton, SD. He was a son of the $65,000 SAV Pioneer 7301 AAA, and out of a 004 Traveler 4412 daughter. With a 68 pound birth weight, he had EPDs of +10 CED, +0.09 BW, +58 WW, +102 YW and +26 MILK. He weaned at 695 pounds to ratio 107.

John Skrdla from Nebraska was back to buy Lot 56 at $5,000. Here was a son of the Rafter U Cross herd bull, Sitz Game Day 8636, and out of a daughter of SAV 8180 Traveler 004. He had EPDs of +2.6 BW, +55 WW, +92 YW and +24 MILK. With a 76 pound birth weight, he weaned at 790 pounds to ratio 119.

Lot 3 sold for $4,400 to Jeff Nelson from Philip, SD. He was by Pioneer 7301 and out of a Larks Canyon 74D4 cow who had ratioed 109 on five calves. Weaning at 704 pounds, he had EPDs of +9 CED, +1.2 BW, +55 WW, +100 YW and +26 MILK.

Jeff Gabriel from Cottonwood, SD chose Lot 5, a Pioneer son at $4,400, with EPDs of +2.1 BW, +56 WW, +99 YW and +25 MILK.

The Lot 34 bull sold for $4,400 to Kenny Fox from Belvidere, SD. He was by the 4412 Rafter U Cross herd bull and had a 73 pound birth weight. His weaning weight was 697 pounds to ratio 105.

A very strong sale for the Fortune family – this herd is going to be very interesting to watch as these herd bulls put daughters back into their herd.

Fortune’s Rafter U Cross, owned by Roger and Cory Fortune and their families of Quinn, SD, hosted an extra big crowd for their annual bull sale at Philip Livestock. They moved the date from March to April this year.

The Rafter U Cross program is built around making females that flesh easily, have good udders, and breed back on grass and nature without extra feed. They have invested heavily in genetics to produce problem-free cattle for their customers.

When you have time, you should go to the Fortune Ranch and have them show you their herd bull battery. They are on that ranch for a reason, and each one of them is an outstanding individual. I had a chance to see the young females that this ranch is producing, and any progressive rancher can use these good genetics.

Top selling bull of the day was Lot 50, Fortune’s Matrix 955, a son of BC Matrix 4132. His dam was Fortunes 4412 Magic 646, a daughter of the Rafter U Cross herd bull, SAV 004 Traveler 4412. At $6,750, the new owner was John Skrdla of Stuart, NE. This bull had weaned at 771 pounds to ratio 116 and weighed in at 1,370 pounds on April 8th. His EPDs included +3.5 BW, +64 WW, +107 YW and +21 MILK. This bull really looked the part of a herd bull with extra muscle and volume.

The Lot 1 bull was a very popular bull, and he sold for $5,100 to J.T. Moon from Creighton, SD. He was a son of the $65,000 SAV Pioneer 7301 AAA, and out of a 004 Traveler 4412 daughter. With a 68 pound birth weight, he had EPDs of +10 CED, +0.09 BW, +58 WW, +102 YW and +26 MILK. He weaned at 695 pounds to ratio 107.

John Skrdla from Nebraska was back to buy Lot 56 at $5,000. Here was a son of the Rafter U Cross herd bull, Sitz Game Day 8636, and out of a daughter of SAV 8180 Traveler 004. He had EPDs of +2.6 BW, +55 WW, +92 YW and +24 MILK. With a 76 pound birth weight, he weaned at 790 pounds to ratio 119.

Lot 3 sold for $4,400 to Jeff Nelson from Philip, SD. He was by Pioneer 7301 and out of a Larks Canyon 74D4 cow who had ratioed 109 on five calves. Weaning at 704 pounds, he had EPDs of +9 CED, +1.2 BW, +55 WW, +100 YW and +26 MILK.

Jeff Gabriel from Cottonwood, SD chose Lot 5, a Pioneer son at $4,400, with EPDs of +2.1 BW, +56 WW, +99 YW and +25 MILK.

The Lot 34 bull sold for $4,400 to Kenny Fox from Belvidere, SD. He was by the 4412 Rafter U Cross herd bull and had a 73 pound birth weight. His weaning weight was 697 pounds to ratio 105.

A very strong sale for the Fortune family – this herd is going to be very interesting to watch as these herd bulls put daughters back into their herd.

Fortune’s Rafter U Cross, owned by Roger and Cory Fortune and their families of Quinn, SD, hosted an extra big crowd for their annual bull sale at Philip Livestock. They moved the date from March to April this year.

The Rafter U Cross program is built around making females that flesh easily, have good udders, and breed back on grass and nature without extra feed. They have invested heavily in genetics to produce problem-free cattle for their customers.

When you have time, you should go to the Fortune Ranch and have them show you their herd bull battery. They are on that ranch for a reason, and each one of them is an outstanding individual. I had a chance to see the young females that this ranch is producing, and any progressive rancher can use these good genetics.

Top selling bull of the day was Lot 50, Fortune’s Matrix 955, a son of BC Matrix 4132. His dam was Fortunes 4412 Magic 646, a daughter of the Rafter U Cross herd bull, SAV 004 Traveler 4412. At $6,750, the new owner was John Skrdla of Stuart, NE. This bull had weaned at 771 pounds to ratio 116 and weighed in at 1,370 pounds on April 8th. His EPDs included +3.5 BW, +64 WW, +107 YW and +21 MILK. This bull really looked the part of a herd bull with extra muscle and volume.

The Lot 1 bull was a very popular bull, and he sold for $5,100 to J.T. Moon from Creighton, SD. He was a son of the $65,000 SAV Pioneer 7301 AAA, and out of a 004 Traveler 4412 daughter. With a 68 pound birth weight, he had EPDs of +10 CED, +0.09 BW, +58 WW, +102 YW and +26 MILK. He weaned at 695 pounds to ratio 107.

John Skrdla from Nebraska was back to buy Lot 56 at $5,000. Here was a son of the Rafter U Cross herd bull, Sitz Game Day 8636, and out of a daughter of SAV 8180 Traveler 004. He had EPDs of +2.6 BW, +55 WW, +92 YW and +24 MILK. With a 76 pound birth weight, he weaned at 790 pounds to ratio 119.

Lot 3 sold for $4,400 to Jeff Nelson from Philip, SD. He was by Pioneer 7301 and out of a Larks Canyon 74D4 cow who had ratioed 109 on five calves. Weaning at 704 pounds, he had EPDs of +9 CED, +1.2 BW, +55 WW, +100 YW and +26 MILK.

Jeff Gabriel from Cottonwood, SD chose Lot 5, a Pioneer son at $4,400, with EPDs of +2.1 BW, +56 WW, +99 YW and +25 MILK.

The Lot 34 bull sold for $4,400 to Kenny Fox from Belvidere, SD. He was by the 4412 Rafter U Cross herd bull and had a 73 pound birth weight. His weaning weight was 697 pounds to ratio 105.

A very strong sale for the Fortune family – this herd is going to be very interesting to watch as these herd bulls put daughters back into their herd.

Fortune’s Rafter U Cross, owned by Roger and Cory Fortune and their families of Quinn, SD, hosted an extra big crowd for their annual bull sale at Philip Livestock. They moved the date from March to April this year.

The Rafter U Cross program is built around making females that flesh easily, have good udders, and breed back on grass and nature without extra feed. They have invested heavily in genetics to produce problem-free cattle for their customers.

When you have time, you should go to the Fortune Ranch and have them show you their herd bull battery. They are on that ranch for a reason, and each one of them is an outstanding individual. I had a chance to see the young females that this ranch is producing, and any progressive rancher can use these good genetics.

Top selling bull of the day was Lot 50, Fortune’s Matrix 955, a son of BC Matrix 4132. His dam was Fortunes 4412 Magic 646, a daughter of the Rafter U Cross herd bull, SAV 004 Traveler 4412. At $6,750, the new owner was John Skrdla of Stuart, NE. This bull had weaned at 771 pounds to ratio 116 and weighed in at 1,370 pounds on April 8th. His EPDs included +3.5 BW, +64 WW, +107 YW and +21 MILK. This bull really looked the part of a herd bull with extra muscle and volume.

The Lot 1 bull was a very popular bull, and he sold for $5,100 to J.T. Moon from Creighton, SD. He was a son of the $65,000 SAV Pioneer 7301 AAA, and out of a 004 Traveler 4412 daughter. With a 68 pound birth weight, he had EPDs of +10 CED, +0.09 BW, +58 WW, +102 YW and +26 MILK. He weaned at 695 pounds to ratio 107.

John Skrdla from Nebraska was back to buy Lot 56 at $5,000. Here was a son of the Rafter U Cross herd bull, Sitz Game Day 8636, and out of a daughter of SAV 8180 Traveler 004. He had EPDs of +2.6 BW, +55 WW, +92 YW and +24 MILK. With a 76 pound birth weight, he weaned at 790 pounds to ratio 119.

Lot 3 sold for $4,400 to Jeff Nelson from Philip, SD. He was by Pioneer 7301 and out of a Larks Canyon 74D4 cow who had ratioed 109 on five calves. Weaning at 704 pounds, he had EPDs of +9 CED, +1.2 BW, +55 WW, +100 YW and +26 MILK.

Jeff Gabriel from Cottonwood, SD chose Lot 5, a Pioneer son at $4,400, with EPDs of +2.1 BW, +56 WW, +99 YW and +25 MILK.

The Lot 34 bull sold for $4,400 to Kenny Fox from Belvidere, SD. He was by the 4412 Rafter U Cross herd bull and had a 73 pound birth weight. His weaning weight was 697 pounds to ratio 105.

A very strong sale for the Fortune family – this herd is going to be very interesting to watch as these herd bulls put daughters back into their herd.


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