Fortune’s Rafter U Cross 2012 Bull Sale
Fortune’s Rafter U Cross, owned by Roger and Cory Fortune and their families of Quinn, SD, hosted a good crowd for their annual production sale held at Philip Livestock. The Rafter U Cross Ranch is the home of some of the outstanding herd bulls in western South Dakota. This herd is rich in the bloodlines from Schaff Angus Valley, Sitz Angus Ranch, as well as from Connealy Angus.
The cows in this herd are moderate in their makeup, but packed with muscle, longevity and good udder quality. They are based around calving ease and maternal traits, as well as having excellent carcass characteristics.
This whole set of bulls was very consistent – they were very thick and packed full of muscle!
The eastern Pennington and Haakon County areas have been fairly short for moisture all spring, reducing some of the enthusiasm of area ranchers.
Top-selling bull of the day honors were shared by two bulls, each bringing $13,000:
Lot 38 sold to Jeff Nelson, Philip, SD. This bull was a son of Connealy Sullivan 83A, and out of a daughter of SAV Traveler 8180 004. This mother cow ratioed 106 on four calves, and her son knew how to grow as well. Born at 75 pounds, he weaned at 725 pounds to ratio 115. He had EPDs of CED 7, BW 1.7, WW 61, YW 101, and Milk 29. With a 14.6 square inch ribeye area, he had and IMF score of 4.03% to ratio 135.
The other top-selling bull was Lot 28, and he headed home with Bob Fortune, Belvidere, SD. This son of Connealy Sullivan was out of a daughter of SAV Pioneer 7301, and had EPDs of BW 2.4, WW 64, YW 111, and Milk 28. He had a 75-pound birth weight and a weaning weight of 711 pounds to ratio 107. He had a 39 centimeter scrotal measurement and a ribeye area of 15.7 square inches.
Bob Fortune also bought two more good bulls in Lot 29 and Lot 30, both for $9,250 each. They were flushmates sired by Connealy Sullivan and out of a daughter of SAV 004 Traveler 4412. Lot 29 had a birth weight of 75 pounds, a weaning weight of 698 pounds, and a yearling weight of 1,246 pounds He had a 39.5 centimeter scrotal and a ribeye of 13.6 square inches.
Lot 30 was born at 95 pounds, weaned at 726 pounds, and posted a yearling weight of 1,232 pounds. He measured a 40 centimeter scrotal and a 15.1 square inch ribeye.
Jeff Nelson also liked Lot 17. This son of SAV Pioneer 7301 was out of a daughter of Connealy Kaboom 7562 and fetched a price of $7,750. His EPDs were BW 1.6, WW 60, YW 103, and Milk 23. With a 70-pound birth weight, he weaned at 724 pounds to ratio 109, and grew to a yearling weight of 1,270 pounds to ratio 110. He scanned a ribeye area of 15.8 square inches.
Lot 3 was the “bull to buy” for Fred Hoff, Baker, MT. At $5,500, he was a son of SAV Pioneer 7301, and he was out of a Traveler 4412 daughter. His EPDs were BW 0.1, WW 51, YW 104, and Milk 29.
Randy Clark, Wall, SD, bought Lot 95 at $5,500. He was sired by Connealy Kaboom and had an 82-pound birth weight. He weaned at 766 pounds to ratio 122.
When you have time, you should visit the Fortune Ranch and have them show you their cowherd. These cows are on that ranch for a reason, and each one of them is an outstanding individual.
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Phillip Drake sold cattle that weren’t his to collect more than $500,000; some still missing.