Fossil Creek Angus

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Superior Angus Genetics developed by passionate people with a vision for the industry
PASSION
We are proud of our stock and want every single sire that we sell to be an animal that will be an asset to your herd's genetic gains
GENUINE
in producing quality genetics in genuine commercial farming conditions
PRIDE
Every Trait balanced for your herd and your bottom line
PROFIT
A track record of delivering quality genetics that meet the increasing requirements of NZ beef herds throughout the country
PROVEN
A proven track record in delivering a quality genetic package for beef herds throughout the country
TRUST
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The Fossil Creek Journey

The Fossil Creek Angus Stud was established by Neil and Rose Sanderson over two decades ago – harnessing a passion and focus on breeding robust genetics.

In 2016 when the Sandersons recognised the heightened demand for Fossil Creek genetics and the need to grow the stud to an even larger scale on hill country – they approached Blair and Jane Smith to become partners in Fossil Creek Angus- who now run the Fossil Creek Breeding cow herd on their Five Forks hill country farm and are active partners in the business. This partnership builds on the strengths of the four of us and the team around us.

The Fossil Creek Herd

We are proud of the fact that the Fossil Creek Stud has spent decades balancing all traits that are important to our clientele for both productivity and profitability in their commercial herds. It is essential that the Fossil Creek Angus genetics can perform in all conditions throughout New Zealand.  We take pride in seeing years of meticulous attention to fertility and structure coming to fruition in Fossil
Creek herds around the country and abroad.

While calving our 350 stud Angus cows in snow prone tussock country at 650 metres above sea level is a good challenge for our genetics, the real test is how they perform  in your breeding herds.

Fossil Creek Angus Sales

Since its inception, the focus of the Fossil Creek Angus herd has not deviated. We aim to produce genetics that reward our clients with the greatest return for the least input. We sell not only our genetics but a programme of integrity, unqualified customer support and product guarantee.

 Our flagship event is our Annual Rising 2 Year old Fossil Creek Angus Bull sale in mid June, with all clients and potential buyers encouraged to visit our breeding herd, young stock, herd sires and the bulls for sale at any time.

Fossil Creek Photo Gallery

We are passionate about growing robust and well grown livestock and conformation comes first. At no time does this override any breeding value attribute. We take pride in our land and are proud to show you the tussock environment that our new crop of Fossil Creek Angus calves are born in annually and take delight in watching our bull team grow out each year, ready for you to select the right genetics for your individual needs.

This is what drives us.

Our Next R2 Sale

Thursday 13th June 2019

Latest Updates

4 days ago

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Hot off the Press! The latest Fossil Creek Angus newsletter hits mailboxes this week.... contact us with your address or email to get your hands on a copy. Great bedtime reading 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

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5 days ago

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Paradise at Paradise Gully Road... The Fossil Creek Angus yearling bulls enjoying both the view and the tucker! Snow on the hills and grass that looks like Spring may have arrived, what more could you ask for #breedingbetterbeef ... See MoreSee Less

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3 weeks ago

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Great day of DNA sampling and weighing the Fossil Creek heifers - impressive weights coming through, happy heifers and snow on the hills - couldn't ask for a better office to work in! ... See MoreSee Less

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4 weeks ago

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Good to see snow on the Kakanuis again this morning - the Fossil Creek girls are just about as happy as the ski bums to see the snow! Beat this photo, synthetic lab meat producers!! Nothing better than a 'Free range NZ Beef' photo ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

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Stunning Fossil Creek Genetics right at home here in the tussocks!
The latest Breedplan run continues to show the superiority of our senior herdsires.
Earnscleugh Tussock 144307 has broken the $200 barrier for AngusPure Index and hit +10 for Eye Muscle Area. Tussock himself looks great, moderate frame but tons of muscle in the right place.
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2 months ago

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Awesome Auction at Fossil Creek today - great weather, rock solid bulls and a bloody good catchup with farmers from all around the country. Thanks to all our bidders, underbidders and good buggers that attended! Showcasing everything that is positive about the NZ Beef industry. ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

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Bulls ready ✅
Boys ready✅
BBQ ready ✅
Beer ready ✅
We are ALL SYSTEMS GO. See you at Fossil Creek @ 2pm!
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2 months ago

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One more sleep until sale day.....not long until you can get your hot little hands on one of these 56 Fossil Creek Beefy Boys! They'll be all penned up by 12 noon for you to come and check out. ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

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Young George is mustering up his team of helpers for the Fossil Creek Bull sale this Thursday 14th June, all hands on deck for a great day! Inspection from 12 noon, and you can get your hands on your new Fossil Creek bull from 2pm. ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

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So here he is, Lot #11 Fossil Creek 'Maurice M203' - now don't be distracted by his name, M203 has unbelievable performance data in a solid but moderate framed package. A STRONG and square bull that would shift well to any environment! ... See MoreSee Less

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CLIENT COMMENTS

We have bought 44 Fossil Creek Angus bulls over the last 13 years. Lambhill Station has a very rigid genetic selection policy and an emphasis on maternal traits eg positive fats, longevity, reproduction, moderate mature weights (aim for a 550kg LW cow at weaning time) and find the advice given and the follow-up service to be very useful. Yearlings are mated and cows must produce a calf every year to survive. Our country runs along the Taieri Gorge and is steep and inhospitable with a 550mm to 650 mm annual rainfall, no supplements are fed, but the genetics we are developing are well adapted to this and our calves are highly sought after by finishers. We have repeat buyers for our surplus in-calf heifers, cows and calves.

Chris & Lucy Thomson

Lambhill Station, Hindon

The Fossil Creek Angus bulls we have been bringing to the Cascade Valley in South Westland seem to tolerate the 3 metre rainfall, get the job done with the breeding cows and always produce sale topping weaners. Our surplus heifers in particular have regularly fetched significant premiums at calf sales.

Keith Muldrew

Cascade Station, Haast

We have now moved to finishing all our own bred cattle. The progeny of our Fossil Creek Angus finish early and when we are buying in calves we are very careful with our selection and are prepared to pay more for Fossil Cree Angus bloodlines. The follow-up service and knowledge about genetic selection and female performance has really helped develop our cowherd to thrive in the Omarama high country over the past 15 years of buying bulls from Fossil Creek.

Richard & Wendy Parsons

Twinburn, Omarama

We have been buying bulls from Fossil Creek for over 20 years. During that period we have also bought a few bulls from other studs but have found the Fossil Creek bulls to suit our environment best – are quiet and breed highly sought after progeny at sale. Fattening our own young stock for high value premiums is now a real option for us.

Gavin & Leigh King

Hororata, North Canterbury

Since we have been buying Fossil Creek Angus bulls, our strike rate with SFF Eating Quality carcase specs has risen markedly. The bulls we buy have great temperaments and we have recently embarked on an AI programme with some Fossil Creek herdsires to improve our carcase quality and female genetic base even more. We are enjoying being at the cutting edge with our beef, sheep and deer breeding programmes.

Cleveland Family

Braelyn Farms, North Otago

Since buying Fossil Creek Angus bulls, our herd fertility has gone up. This year our 2 year first calving heifers scanned 100%. The temperaments are fantastic and we are delighted with our strike rate in Silver Fern Farms Premium Grade. Our next focus is marbling with Fossil Creek.

Georgie & Walter Cameron

Wainui Station, Kurow

We have been using Fossil Creek Bulls for the last fifteen years and have found the bulls really suited to our North Otago hill country. Their longevity, docility and ability to produce calm, thriving calves have been important attributes to us. Recently a buyer of our weaner calves reported that they reached their optimum targets well ahead of calves from other sources. We appreciate follow up phone calls and visits. Buying bulls from Fossil Creek is a great package.

Barry & Jane Simpson

Tokarahi, North Otago

Fossil Creek Angus Bulls have performed very well for us. These bulls transition well, cover the cows in any country, and are pleasant to work with. With the recent dry season we were bracing for a poor scanning but the cows still scanned 95% in calf – quite pleasing giving this year’s weaner calf price. Before using Fossil Creek Angus genetics, we were on the verge of quitting with calving two year olds – we were pulling too many. This is not an issue at all with our Fossil Creek genetics. Cow fertility and successfully calving heifers as two year olds are the key drivers of beef herd profitability and Fossil Creek Angus Bulls tick both boxes.

Mark Paton

The Dolphins, Dunback