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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14 hours ago

Fossil Creek Angus

Recruiting for the Fossil Creek 1st XV while hosting the Mid Canterbury RMPP Action Network Group today with KPMG's Genevieve Steven. Should have had these young guns mustering the cows into their next tussock block or at least carting posts up the ridges for the new fence lines Red Meat NZ KPMG NZ Farming Business Angus New Zealand ... See MoreSee Less

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3 days ago

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It is always great to get feedback on how NZ Angus Genetics are performing around the world. This is 'Yxskaftkalens Rex 861', taken in Northern Sweden.
This bull is sired by Turihaua Rex and from an embryo out of Fossil Creek Ibex 11 - 04 - one of the great donors in the Fossil Creek Herd. Thanks to Yxskaftkälens Angus for the update!
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1 week ago

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Stellar day for the monthly move of the Fossil Creek girls into their next wintering blocks. Stunning winter sun against the snow, especially by the time the R2 and R3 in-calf heifers were on the move this afternoon.
No seaside retreat for these girls - not a winter crop or bale in sight, but they get views over the whole of North Otago for free!
Living the Angus beef cow dream @ 600 metres above sea level Angus New Zealand
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3 weeks ago

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Quick snap of the Fossil Creek R3 in-calf heifers bright and early this morning, living the free range dream @ 600 metres a.s.l . Only a dusting of snow so far but a long 2+ months of winter to go yet! ... See MoreSee Less

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1 month ago

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Bluebird day @ 550 metres above sea level for Fossil Creek's annual TB Testing with Karen Sutherland - chilly start with snow on the hills when bringing the girls in, but shorts weather by 10am, not the usual 'sideways snow' day we normally line up! # Best job in the world. ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

Fossil Creek Angus

Wow! What a day! Fabulous turnout & incredible support for our Fossil Creek programme, we love your passion for rock solid beef genetics and stoked to see our boys head into beef herds around the country. 59/63 bulls $8,394 average. Top Price $15,000 to Rockley Angus. Big ups to our helpers behind the scenes- you guys rock. Huge thanks to John McKone and team, bidders and underbidders. Neil, Rose, Blair, Jane 😀 ... See MoreSee Less

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2 months ago

Fossil Creek Angus

Stunning North Otago morning view from the hill block - all set to see you today @ 100 Paradise Gully Road, Ngapara

✅Bulls lined up
👍Boys lined up
🥩Steak ready
🍺Beer chilling

Bull viewing and food ready from 12 noon, plenty of time to check out our R2 boys and still eat your body weight in cheese rolls before the auction @ 2pm
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Latest Newsletter-AUTUMN 2020


  • 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