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.

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.

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2 days ago

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Moving the Fossil Creek stud cows into their next block before the weather closes in again - haven't seen these ladies for a few weeks but they seem pleased with their view and chew - even if the old tag is like chewing cardboard! #nzbeef #familyfarmingnz ... See MoreSee Less
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5 days ago

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Wow! Time flies when you are having fun - with our Annual R2 Bull Sale only one week away today, we thought we would have a quick look back at the past action-packed 12 months @ Fossil Creek from June 2020 to June 2021..... that green grass of January seems like a distant memory now! We have loved the journey over the past twelve months, seeing each crop of calves on the ground and a fine lineup of bulls each sale is why we do it. Proud NZ Farmers, out there doing it - rain, sun, snow or dust. ... See MoreSee Less
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6 days ago

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We've called in the next generation with genetic expertise in her pedigree to inspect the Fossil Creek sale bulls and we can confirm we have received the nod of approval from this well-versed beef critic! ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

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We all love a man in a NZ wool vest, and even more so when he is armed with the best BBQ skills, highest quality meat and epic slow-cooking BBQ setup.With succulent beef ribeye, slow-smoked beef brisket, pulled smoked lamb, and 55 Day aged beef ribeye - reverse seared 2" steak with chimichurri sauce on offer, this is a fitting celebration for the 21st on-farm annual Fossil Creek Bull Auction. Bring on June 17th to see if Doug really is as good on the BBQ tongs as he is on the rugby field or Ironman circuit! ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

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A quick debrief with the R2 in-calf Fossil Creek stud heifers today after the weather bomb of the past few days. They said they weren't sure what the wet stuff falling from the sky was but they vaguely recalled seeing something similar 5 months ago when it last rained. From drought to flood then drought to flood. Our thoughts go out to all Canterbury farmers and their communities. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

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Thank you to Di and Jeff Cleveland for agreeing to be the centrefold for both Southern Rural Life and Central Rural Life this month - it is always great to see the passion and pride that the Braelynn Farms team have for both the breeding and finishing of pasture raised red meat. Genuine pasture to plate! NZ Family farming at its best. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

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Big ups to those that travelled a long distance to brave the wintery conditions yesterday for our Fossil Creek bull open day! Our thoughts go out to our Canterbury counterparts, now battling flooding after months of drought, and to the dairy guys - right in the midst of drying off. We have fielded lots of calls from those that couldn't make it to our open days, and so here is a wee snapshot of the boys up for offer on June 17th. Keep warm, stay safe. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

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Looking forward to seeing you @ our Fossil Creek Bull Open Day today, Saturday 29th May 1- 4 pm along with hot drinks, smoko and a yarn (and Jane has promised to not even mention politics!). 100 Paradise Gully Road, Ngapara. Here is a sneak preview of Lots #7 to #14 for you..... ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

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The Fossil Creek Angus team are proud to support Gumboot Friday.Gumboot Friday is a fun way to join in the mental health conversation, and raise money to provide FREE and timely counselling for kids in need. For more info and to donate, head to www.gumbootfriday.co.nz #gumbootfriday ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

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‘Te Aka Station with Lake Aviemore as the Backdrop’ by Rose Sanderson of Fossil Creek Angus, 📸📸 another brilliant entry in the Allflex NZ and Angus NZ SNAP IT and SEND IT Autumn 🍁 🍂 Photo Competition. LAST DAYS TO ENTER to be into win some awesome prizes from Allflex NZ including an RS420 Stick Reader! Enter Here 👉 bit.ly/3vECUDk 👍 ... 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