Fortune’s Rafter U Cross 14th Annual Angus Bull Sale
Date: April 22, 2014
Location: Philip Livestock Auction, Philip, SD
Auctioneer: Lynn Weishaar
Reported by: Dan Piroutek and Scott Dirk
Averages: 114 ylg and two year old bulls – $5,601
A big crowd of very aggressive buyers gathered for Fortune’s Rafter U Cross Ranch’s annual bull sale. Owners Roger and Cory Fortune, and their families, were on hand to welcome the bidders to the sale, and folks were anxious to get a closer look at these bulls.
This program has focused on breeding moderately framed, maternal, easy-fleshing cattle with calving ease and a lot of performance. Corey and Roger have purchased some outstanding herd bulls over the years, and their sons and daughters are now having a big effect on this program.
This year’s set of bulls was very uniform, and the sale stayed strong all the way through. There was especially good demand on the calving ease bulls.
I thought that this was a tremendous set of bulls that looked just the way they were bred to be.
Top selling bull of the day was Lot 48, selling to Jeff Nelson, Philip, S.D., for $17,000. He was a son of Sitz Rainmaker 714X and out of a daughter of Sitz Game Day 8636 who is a donor dam in the Rafter U Cross herd. He began with a 70 lb. birth weight, weaned at 811 lb. to ratio 109, and then had a yearling weight of 1,280 lb. to ratio 109. His EPDs were CED 6, BW 1.6, WW 52, YW 87, and MILK 20. He scanned a 15.8 sq. in. rib eye and posted an IMF ratio of 143.
Jeff Nelson also bought two other good bulls in Lots 47 and 29. The Lot 47 bull brought $14,000, and he was a son of Sitz Rainmaker 714X. He was out of a daughter of MCC Cupid 414 and was the top weaning weight bull in the 2013 crop, weighing in at 886 lb. to ratio 119. He had EPDs of CED 4, BW 2.4, WW 59, YW 79 and MILK 16. Born at 75 lb., he scanned a 16.1 sq. in. rib eye, along with a 42 cm. scrotal measurement.
Jeff paid $12,000 for the Lot 29 bull, a son of SAV Bandstand 1127. His mother was a daughter of SAV 004 Traveler 4412. His EPDs were BW 2.5, WW 61, YW 99, and MILK 26. Born at 84 lb., he weaned at 852 lb. to ratio 115. He posted a weaning weight of 1311 lb. to ratio 112, and to complete the package he had a 17.0 sq. in. rib eye.
U Lazy U Angus Ranch, owned by Robert and Chuck Fortune, Belvidere, S.D., chose Lot 62 at $10,000. Here was a son of Sitz Rainmaker 714X who was out of a daughter of SAV 004 Traveler 4412. Only 68 lb. at birth, he weaned at 710 lb. and posted EPDs of BW 1.9, WW 64, YW 84, and MILK 18.
Commanding some attention was Lot 4, a son of Connealy Confidence 0100. He was out of a 004 Traveler 4412 daughter and had a 75 lb. birth weight. He weaned at 733 lb. and grew to a yearling weight of 1,225 lb. to ratio 104. He had EPDs of BW 0.3, WW 48, YW 88, and MILK 28. This good bull stayed local with his purchase at $8750 by JT Moon, Creighton, S.D.
This was a great sale for the Fortune family. I can only believe that this program will grow, and many more people will have to take notice. Congratulations!