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Otago Daily Times news report on Fossil Creek's successful Beef Expo Sale

By Sally Rae on Mon, 21 May 2012


North Otago Angus breeders Neil and Rose Sanderson had a tremendous sale at the Beef and Lamb New Zealand beef expo at Feilding last week.

Mr and Mrs Sanderson, from Fossil Creek Angus, sold Fossil Creek Lightning 2-10 - judged reserve champion Angus bull - to Tangihau Station, near Gisborne, for $24,000. They also sold bulls for $8500 and $8200.

Mr Sanderson acknowledged Fossil Creek Kirsti 24-01, the dam of Fossil Creek Lightning, as it was the third beef expo bull and fourth stud bull she had bred.

Lightning is a brother to Fossil Creek Update 103-06, who was PGG Wrightson champion of champions at beef expo in 2008.

He described Lightning as "as close to structurally perfect as we could breed", extremely quiet - he was also exhibited at shows as a calf - and with a balanced set of estimated breeding values.

He was enthusiastic about the national bull sale, saying it provided them with a "great vehicle" to showcase the top end of their stud or commercial bulls to other breeders.

He was also delighted to see the success of the Angus breed in the Steak of Origin awards.

Mr Sanderson was now preparing for the Fossil Creek Angus/Roseville Charolais annual bull sale at Ngapara on June 12, with 45 Angus and 15 Charolais bulls on offer.

This year's PGG Wrightson champion of champions was awarded to a Hereford bull, Glacier Top 367, owned by first-time expo exhibitors Wayne and Maggie Williams, from Glacier Horned Herefords at Fox Glacier. The bull later sold for $14,000 and their other entry sold for $11,000.

It was believed to be the first time bulls from south Westland had made the trip north for the sale and Mr Williams was delighted with their success.

"I haven't come down to earth yet," he said.

His grandfather started the Hereford stud in the 1940s and it was then named Bluedale stud.

After he moved to Canterbury and took some of the cattle with him, Mr Williams' father took over the farm and the stud name was changed to Glacier Horned Herefords.

Stud breeding was "not all roses" and there were "lots of ups and downs" but the success at beef expo was definitely his biggest highlight and probably the stud's biggest highlight over the years, he said.

The stud comprised between 80 and 90 stud cows and he aimed to breed "good easy doing" meaty bulls, with good temperaments, to fit in with today's market.

The Williams will offer nine bulls at a combined bull sale at Mahitahi on May 26, along with the Condon's Flagstaff polled and horned Herefords, and the Scott family's Bannockburn Angus.

Earnscleugh Station, from Central Otago, paid $28,000 for the top-priced bull at the expo, a Hereford from the Hukaroa Stud at Te Kauwhata.

The top-priced shorthorn was $6200, sold by J.M. and P.I.A.

Syme, of Waipukurau; the top-priced South Devon was $7000, shared by L.J. Holt (Blenheim) and Ross and Corrinne Kearney (Otane); the four Gelbvieh entries all sold for $3500; the top-priced Simmental was $6000, sold by J. and L. McNaughten and D. and L. McNaughten, from Dannevirke; and the top-priced Charolais was $17,500, sold by N.A. and E.A. Gwillim (Feilding).

In the Queen of Hearts heifer calf sale, Kay Jay Angus (Masterton) topped the sale, selling an Angus calf for $8500.

Brian Thomson, from Allanton, sold a South Devon calf for $2200, Goldwyn Angus (Hunter) sold an Angus calf for $4200, Robert and Mary-Anne Kane (Tapanui) sold a Hereford calf for $3000, Glenside Simmentals (Lawrence) sold a Simmental calf for $4500, and Neil and Rose Sanderson sold an Angus heifer for $4000.

In the Future Beef hoof and hook competition, the Button family, from South Otago, won the champion lightweight steer.