Fossil Creek Angus

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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 2015 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.  

While calving our 340 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.

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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.

2020 OPEN DAYS

100 Paradise Gully Rd, Ngapara THURSDAY 28th MAY 1- 4 pm
SATURDAY 30th MAY 1- 4 pm

THURSDAY 11th JUNE 2020 @ 2pm .... FOSSIL CREEK ANGUS ANNUAL R2 Bull Sale

Going ahead as planned (with Covid precautions) we have a STUNNING line up of bulls
CONTACT US FOR A CATALOGUE OR CLICK ABOVE FOR THE e-version

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5 days ago

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Stellar day for the third in the trifecta of Fossil Creek bull open days - epic effort by those that traveled long distances to get here. Great feedback on the docility of our bulls.
Give us a yell if you need extra catalogues, were unable to make the open days and want to have a look at the bulls or just to chew the fat on our genetics - bring on June 11th! 🙂
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7 days ago

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Fabulous North Otago afternoon for our Fossil Creek Angus Open Day, great to see astute bull buyers doing their homework - see you on Saturday from 1pm!

Contact us if you need extra catalogues or pick them up on Saturday👍
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1 week ago

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Hanging out for a Road Trip?
Fossil Creek Angus Open Days
Thursday (tomorrow) 1-4 pm
Saturday 1 - 4 pm
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1 week ago

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Its hard to believe how fast the past year has gone with our 2020 sale just around the corner on June 11th..... a great time to look back at 12 months of action @ Fossil Creek Angus, balancing hard work and long days in the sun,snow, dust and wind, while having a blast producing rock solid genetics! ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

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Some of the stunning sons on offer June 11th including Lots 5,7,8,9,11,14,15,16,17,18,20,22,27,30,54,57 ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

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Great week @ Fossil Creek with Branding, Semen testing and the first of our Open Days.
Here is a snapshot of some of the Fossil Creek boys on offer June 11th - including some of the stunning sons of LD Capitalist, Earnscleugh Tussock, Fossil Creek M61, GDAR Regulator, Musgrave Stunner, HD Spotlite, Storth Oaks Everest.
Lot #s 7,8,9,11,14,15,16,17,18,20,22,27,30,54,57.
Come and see these guys in the flesh on our open days Thursday May 28th and Saturday May 30th
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2 weeks ago

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Fabulous Autumn day for Fossil Creek Fitness Testing while moving the heifer calves

✅ Heifer Calves fit and frisky
🥾Shepherds probably frisky but definitely not fit
❓ One musterer allegedly spotted leaning on a fence post

Stoked to see the stud heifer calves looking great before Winter kicks in, but more hills required before rugby starts up, boys!
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3 weeks ago

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A preview of some of the R2 bulls sired by three multi-trait 'supersires' - LD Capitalist, Musgrave Stunner and GDAR Regulator - these A.I boys have an impressive 22 sons between them in this year's Fossil Creek sale.

Don't forget our open days on 20th May, 28th May & 30th May - giving you plenty of time to do your homework before our June 11th sale.
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3 weeks ago

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CENTREFOLD - now that we have your attention, 80% of the genetic gain in your maternal herd is influenced by your choice of bull - he will have an immediate impact in the first 1- 5 years through direct siring and then a 3 -10 year influence on your cow herd - so do your homework before going bull shopping!

One size doesn't fit all when it comes to Indexes and so that is why we are in our 4th year of offering Abacus Bio's generated 'Sub Indexes' . Specifically designed for the New Zealand Beef Industry- these are so important that they have scored the Centrefold spot in our Catalogue!

www.pivotdesign.co.nz/ebooks/2020/fossil-creek/
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3 weeks ago

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Super excited to have our Fossil Creek 2020 Catalogue hitting the printers today- we'll be doing our bit to keep NZ Post afloat when they are sent far and wide later this week. Contact us now to jump on our mailing list - in the mean time click on the link below for this snazzy looking e-catalogue!

www.pivotdesign.co.nz/ebooks/2020/fossil-creek/

Don't forget our open days on Wednesday 20th, Thursday 28th, Saturday 30th May (don't panic boys, not duckshooting opening, the Saturday after!)
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Latest Newsletter-AUTUMN 2020

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