Fossil Creek Hero H006, which sold for $55,000. Photo
A joint record of $55,000 in this season's bull sales has
been achieved by North Otago Angus breeders Neil and Rose
Fossil Creek Hero H006 was purchased by Tangihau Station,
near Gisborne, at the Sandersons' recent on-farm sale at
Earlier this month, a Hereford bull from David and Rosemary
Morrow's Okawa stud, near Mt Somers, also sold for $55,000 to
the Kokonga stud at Tuakau.
A delighted Mr Sanderson said Fossil Creek Hero was a
stand-out because of his very strong combination of type and
also ''very, very good breeding values''.
He was very strong in his maternal traits, including very low
birth weight, good calving ease and high scrotal
circumference, and ''exceptionally good'' in fat cover.
''He ticked all the boxes,'' Mr Sanderson said.
There had been a lot of interest in the rising 2-year-old
bull before the sale but ''not in our wildest dreams'' did
the couple expect him to sell for so much and it was ''very
He described the bidding as ''quite an electrifying time''
and it was also pleasing to achieve it at home.
Mr Sanderson was thrilled the bull was purchased by Tangihau,
saying it was one of the leading studs in New Zealand.
In 2012, Tangihau bought Fossil Creek Lightning 2-10, judged
reserve champion Angus bull, at the national beef expo for
Fossil Creek Hero was sired by imported American bull S
Chisum 6175. A half-brother recently sold for $24,000 at
Martin Farming's sale at Wakefield, and there was hype
building around the sire, he said.
The sale was a highlight for the Sandersons in their stud
breeding career and ''certainly up there'' with winning
champion of champions with Fossil Creek Update at beef expo
At their sale, they sold 43 Angus bulls for an average of
$7128 and 12 Charolais bulls for an average of $4250.
It was important the beef industry focused on performance and
fertility as that was where productivity could be lifted, Mr
''We've got to keep doing that in the beef industry to keep
up with the dairy industry,'' he said.
He urged the industry to embrace the new entity Beef and Lamb
New Zealand Genetics and find ways to maximise both
reproduction and production from beef cows.