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.

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.

1 day ago

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A high altitude catch up with these ladies today, moving them into their last Wintering block before calving next month. They might be up to their knees in snow rather than green grass but pretty cool to see them skipping around, living the Angus dream.... ... See MoreSee Less
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3 days ago

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The Fossil Creek cows might have to order up a cruisy coastal northern winter next year - the 350 stud heifers and cows have a great view @580 metres above sea level but not a lot else during months like this - had a quick check around the traps today - the girls seem happy, and are less than a month away from calving (see the blue circle on one of the photos to show where the mixed aged cows are in the distance). Not sure about the 10 year old junior shepherd wearing shorts - he is shaping up to be a politician with common sense like that.... ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

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Great day for a spot of Wilding tree control. Not sure you'd pay Jane an hourly rate for her efforts - perhaps per tree might be more economic. We only have a hundred or so wildings to deal with each year, many farmers have tens of thousands. But that's what farmers do - look after stock, land and biodiversity all at the same time....no unworkable regulations, zoning or land grabs required. ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

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A few snaps taken by Jane today while moving the R2 heifers into their next wintering block, took a while to find all 72 of them in the heavy tussock and matagouri. The decidedly average 2.5 dog team found it amusing that Jane did more running than they did.These girls are only a month away from calving but look a hell of a lot fitter and friskier than their musterer ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

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Its a long, cold socialist Winter around here, with grass growth calling it quits in April and not seen again until October and so like our clients cows, our girls get a scenic Winter holiday in the back blocks. We move them every few weeks (for a change in scenery more than anything). Heres some action from the last couple of moves - before the snow hit this week. ... See MoreSee Less
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4 weeks ago

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Pretty uplifting on a cold Winters day here in North Otago to see Fossil Creek genetics landing amongst the snowy background at Yxsaftkalens Angus Stud in Sweden!One of our Fossil Creek Angus ET calves found their way into the straw today ... Mandy x S A V copyright .. ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

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Mustering for TB testing this week, 10 points for anyone that spots the mob of deer + bonus points for spotting Nell the huntaway that takes Jane's mob in the total opposite direction, but she keeps filming anyway. Definitely don't employ her as a musterer... ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

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Wishing Union Rugby team all the very best for tomorrow's Presidents Grade Burns Shield final. Watch that knee Jack Price, and yes either way, you'll be penning and pressing for main shear on Monday @6.45am Good luck guys. It's going to be a cracking game. 👍👍 ... See MoreSee Less
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1 month ago

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GOOD LUCK to Kurow Rugby Club in tomorrow's Citizen Shield Premier Final! Fossil Creek Angus are proud to sponsor #3 Jersey, worn by Cameron Keech. A position that requires high growth, high yield and a tough genetic constitution.....probably not many loose head props with a low birth weight or good calving ease though... ... 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

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