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 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 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.

Click on the Link above to get an insight on what makes us tick – the Farmers Weekly team called in to the hill block during winter for a chat with Jane and Blair

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

Watch this space for details about our 20th Annual Sale - despite what Covid-19 throws at the logistics, we have a STUNNING line up of bulls to offer you! Catalogues in your mailbox mid-May - contact us to be added to our mailing list.

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6 hours ago

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Sons of LD Capitalist, Musgrave Stunner, GDAR Regulator enjoying the sunshine in North Otago @ Fossil Creek Angus. Very quiet bulls so not exactly action-packed footage sorry folks, but we are really proud of the docility of all Fossil Creek bulls and their progeny. These boys are included in the line up of 65 R2 bulls at our 20th Annual on-farm sale on June 11th 2020. ... See MoreSee Less

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2 days ago

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Fossil Creek Angus Herd Sire Profile...
'HEATHER DELL SPOTLITE M9'

✅ This boy is an exceptionally docile bull, breeding very quiet progeny
✅Deep bodied, from a strong dam line, supported by many of the breeds top maternal sires
✅Data indicates easy calving with moderate growth and his progeny certainly show this.
✅Spotlite has bred a great line of bulls for our upcoming 2020 sale, all of which we feel will suit high country station environments
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4 days ago

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A ride around the hill to check out the 300+ Fossil Creek Angus freshly weaned stud calves - day #4 post weaning and they are chilled out and right at home in the tussocks, enjoying some long overdue sunshine. Free range beef @ altitude
Angus New Zealand
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1 week ago

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Picture perfect productive day for our lockdown essential labour force @ Fossil Creek Angus - weaning done and dusted up on the hill block. Stunning calves by sires including Fossil Creek Navigator, HD Spotlite, Earnscleugh Tussock, Basin Payweight, Fossil Creek Niagra and Hoover Dam.
Rock solid genetics Angus New Zealand
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1 week ago

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It is in times like these we are reminded that Biosecurity is our number one asset.

With the new ‘National Beef Survey’ programme to test 2,500 herds for M.Bovis now on offer, Fossil Creek Angus took up the opportunity last month to ask to be included in this voluntary ‘whole herd’ testing regime.

As a stud this was a proactive move to ensure that our closed-herd system is water tight and it is essential that we can guarantee to our clientele and the greater beef industry, that we are indeed M.Bovis free.

Fossil Creek Angus breeding herd is officially Mycoplasma bovis free and we suggest to all beef studs to take up the opportunity to be included in this whole herd testing regime #nzbeef # Angus New Zealand
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1 week ago

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Happy to score some moisture in North Otago - and stoked that Canterbury and parts of the North Island have caught some desperately needed rain. Bloody proud to be efficient, essential food producing NZ farmers

Rest assured it is business as usual here in isolation @ Fossil Creek, breeding the next generation of rock solid genetics..... and the appearance of this rainbow means its time to release the homeschoolers out of the headbail and start mustering up for weaning!
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3 weeks ago

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Stunning South Canterbury views from Peter and Jane Bell's 'Glenlone', Waihaorunga. Beautiful herd of Angus cows, bred from a Goldwyn base with calves from Fossil Creek Angus Bulls. It is a privilege to see the passion and pride that NZ Beef farmers have for their breeding herds Angus New Zealand ... See MoreSee Less

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3 weeks ago

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Another hot norwester day on the hill block, moving the Fossil Creek mixed age stud cows and calves and I.C R2 Heifers. Proud to be a farmer keeping the primary sector humming regardless of what is going on in the rest of the world Angus New Zealand ... See MoreSee Less

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1 month ago

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Cracker day up in the tussocks for scanning the mixed age Fossil Creek Angus stud cows. Great result and good to host Freddie Knight from 'Seven Wells' Farm in Northamptonshire, UK and show him Pregnancy Date Scanning NZ Style. Full marks to our A.I Technician and our scanner, who happens to be the same person - full marks Dr Dave Veterinary Centre - By The Big Blue Cross, you earned your morning smoko. ... See MoreSee Less

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1 month ago

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Fossil Creek Angus is super proud to support the MacKenzie Collie Club Dog Trials this weekend. A fabulous event that showcases everything that is great about sheep and beef farming and good old fashioned hard work! Check out MacKenzie CD Club for more details and get along with your team in tow ... See MoreSee Less

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Latest Newsletter - Spring 2019

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