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.

Sale R Bulls April 2022



Our Beef in action

 

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.

7 days ago

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Stoked to have our bull videos up on BIDR - click on the individual Lot # to see their video/photo/EBVs bidr.co.nz/auction/3319By the way, we've muted the video below as Jane filming with Blair directing the bulls is not a good combination 🤔!Hence, Jane will be selecting a different video assistant next year...... someone with an ounce of patience, a stranger off the street, or ideally someone who speaks very limited English, if at all! Sneak preview below.....@Followers ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

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A few snaps from our Fossil Creek bull walk yesterday, nice to not have the howling southwesterly that we had last year! Looking forward to our next Bull Walk on Wednesday 29th May 1-4pm, let us know if this date doesn't suit you, every day is an open day around here. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

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Great morning to bring 83 boys in for our Bull Walk this afternoon, see you between 1- 4pm.Bring some rain with you! ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

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Lot Numbers on 83 lads today, ready for our Bull Walk this Wednesday afternoon, 1pm -4pm here at 434 Dunrobin Road, Five Forks, North Otago.Catalogues will be on hand if yours is still somewhere in the postal system.We look forward to a catch up, a cuppa and for anyone that is still vaguely interested in politics, Jane will give you a run down on last week's meetings @ Parliament... ... See MoreSee Less
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4 weeks ago

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Fossil Creek Angus is proud to support Olivia Brett in her K4 2024 Olympic campaign. Olivia and the team headed away for Europe this week and we will be cheering her on from the hills of North Otago, every step of the way....we would have loved to send the team away with a plane load of powerful NZ Angus beef protein.Looking forward to you helping us weigh and tag calves again in September Olivia, hopefully wearing a medal! Pretty cool that Beef and Lamb New Zealand is also supporting these athletes as an official partner of the NZ Olympic Committee. ... See MoreSee Less
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4 weeks ago

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A wee glimpse of some of the fine boys we will have up for offer on June 11th. Our catalogue will be out in the next few days.... ... See MoreSee Less
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4 weeks ago

Fossil Creek Angus
Great Autumn day to host the Beef+Lamb NZ 'Better Beef Breeding' workshop, facilitated by Jo Scott of Targeted Breeding Limited. An interactive session with simple tips for making good decisions when selecting bulls and mapping out a genetic pathway for your beef herd. Fabulous turnout of motivated young farmers including 2 year old Ollie. Huge thanks to all the farmers that travelled a long way to attend, B+LNZ and Jo Scott for her expertise. ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

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Apparently even bulls know their employment law rights these days..... Jane was keen to take some photos for this year's catalogue after the Anzac dawn service but arrived to see these guys clearly sleeping-in, due to the public holiday. Just to be really sure they weren't going to have to do any modelling, most of them found a swampy spring area to roll around in.... ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

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Keeping public sector jobs secure one newsletter at a time, with a few hundred of these hitting mailboxes this month.Let us know if you would like a copy of our Autumn newsletter via post or email.Bull catalogues will be posted in mid May ... 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.

Fraser and Amanda 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