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.

3 days ago

Fossil Creek Angus
Thank you to our supporters, bidders, underbidders and our rural community for coming together for a great 2024 Auction day on Tuesday. We are proud to say that Fossil Creek offers one of the most even, multi-trait, maternally focused genetic packages. We sold 69 of 76 bulls at a very reasonable $7875 average, as one buyer said you get more bull for your buck when south of the Waitaki river!Thank you for an enjoyable day and night of celebrating everything that is great about rural NZ. ... See MoreSee Less
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6 days ago

Fossil Creek Angus
Click here to watch our 2024 Auctionyoutu.be/CBTktKRP32c@followers ... See MoreSee Less
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6 days ago

Fossil Creek Angus
Happy Sale day! A very cool sunrise this morning over Kauru Hill.See you from 12 noon, Auction @ 2pmRegister now for BIDR bidr.co.nz/auction/3319 ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

Fossil Creek Angus
The boys are all set to go for tomorrow.Lunch and bull viewing from 12 noon.Auction @2pmRegister for BIDR if you can't make to the sale.Angus Brisket, Lamb cutlets, Aged ribeye, politics and banter after the sale! ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

Fossil Creek Angus
A reminder that we have online BIDR bidding as an option for our upcoming Auction on Tuesday - just click on the link below to register for our Fossil Creek sale.(Its much easier to do it a couple of days beforehand rather than in a hurry from the yards or the tractor seat on the day!).Tuesday 11th June 2pmbidr.co.nz/auction/3319 ... See MoreSee Less
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1 week ago

Fossil Creek Angus
A visit to our 70 R2 in-calf Heifers to see how they are wintering. They were quick to question why their male colleagues get all the limelight at this time of year, prancing around the bull selling pen while these girls are up doing the real work in the snow/wind/dust for the winter. So cheers to the cornerstones of any breeding herd, these ladies and their mixed age counterparts are literally the mothership of Fossil Creek - breeding and feeding the next generation of rock solid genetics. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

Fossil Creek Angus
We sometimes hear that stud cattle get special treatment...we hope our stock don't get wind of this as they'll have their union representative onto us. Autumn and Winter around here are more like a very long episode of Survivor Fossil Creek. A quick trip around the traps with Jane... ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

Fossil Creek Angus
One week to go until our Sale Day #2024, a great time to look back over the past year of action @ Fossil Creek. While auction day is the chance to showcase our bulls, it is the 12 months of real life farming that we all need to celebrate. Thanks to our team, our neighbors, our friends, our clients, the passionate groups of farmers and students that we have hosted throughout the year and of course mother nature who either lets us down or boosts us up at different times of the year. As farmers we always tend to look at the jobs we haven't done rather than what we have achieved, so take the time to look around and pat yourselves on the back for a job well done. #nz farmers ... See MoreSee Less
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3 weeks ago

Fossil Creek Angus
See you from 1pm this afternoon....the weather may not be looking great but these 83 fine boys certainly are (and any rain will be welcome!) ... See MoreSee Less
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4 weeks ago

Fossil Creek Angus
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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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