American Pinzgauer Assoc.
Canadian Pinzgauer Assoc.
The Pinzgauer Journal
Mini Acres Ranch
Sun Set Pinzgauer Ranch
Revels Pinzgauer Farm
Chinook Cattle Company
Wyoming Pinzgauer Ranch
SE Junior Pinzgauer assoc.
United M Farms
Pinzgauer cattle originated
in the Pinzgau Valley in Austria and are descendents of the European mountains
breeds dating back to the early 1600's. Selectively bred to be a dual-purpose
animal, the Pinzgauer has gained a large foothold in the cattle industry
throughout the world. From the cold, rugged peaks of the Alps to the blazing
heat of the desolate South African desserts, the outstanding characteristics
of the Pinzgauer have established their reputation as the "Proven Breed".
Chestnut brown hair and
pigmented skin with varying amounts of white hair along the back, tail
and barrel are characteristic colors of the breed. Pigmented skin on the
head protects eyes from ultra rays, thus making eye disease virtually non-existent.
Smooth hair and pliable skin play an important role in adaptability, allowing
this breed to thrive in hot or cold climates. Hard, dark, closed hooves
and strong leg bone formation give Pinzgauers excellent ranging ability
and resistance to hoof rot.
The Pinzgauer bull is
a fertile aggressive breeder. As a yearling he will weigh from 1,200 to
1,400 pounds and a scrotal circumference of 37 cm is not uncommon. (Extensive
research has proven that scrotal size is directly related to sperm production.)
The mature Pinzgauer bull, 2,000 to 2,800 pounds, remains fertile and lives
a long, productive life. The docile nature of the breed makes it possible
to keep older bulls without encountering temperament problems. Pinzgauer
cows are extremely fertile, easy calvers and excellent mothers. Ease of
calving and longevity mean extra calves per cow which translates into dollars
for the cow/calf man. Tests have established the fertility rate at 91%
with the intergestational period averaging approximately 285 days. Ability
to perform, even under extreme conditions, has made the breed one of the
most sought after from an economic standpoint.
Mature females weigh from
1,300 to 1,600 pounds possesing a strong mothering instinct. High milk
production and calving ease make Pinzgauer cows an efficient addition to
any herd. Careful selection for both meat and milk production has resulted
in a female that maintains herself well enough to rebreed early in the
season and produce enough milk to wean a heavy, growthy calf. Well-attached
udders with good teat formation are also traits of the breed.
With cattle management
in the future calling for an increased efficiency of production, the attributes
of the Pinzgauer make it one of the most desirable breeds in North America.
So, if you're looking for high fertility, feed efficiency, adaptability,
resistance to disease, uniformity, lean carcass, and gainabilty, search
no farther. Pinzgauer, The Practical Breed.