The Pinzgauer originates from the Pinzgau region in Austria and has been around since 400AD. The first Pinzgauer cattle are believed to have          come to Australia around 1902.  The offspring of these Pinzgauers still graze in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales where over a century later,     cattle with the distinctive white tail are still found.  In the 1990’s, interest was again shown in the breed in Australia and a number of embryos and later semen was imported and a new herd progressively bred.

The Pinzgauer is known for its distinctive colour pattern has a dark chestnut brown coat with a white back, white flanks and underbelly.
They have a medium frame build with good breadth, depth and immense beef capacity. Pinzgauers are renowned for their longevity and
bulls continue to breed up to twelve years of age. Cows have a lifespan between 16 and 18 years and some live up to 21 years.

The Pinzgauer in Europe is a dual-purpose breed that will produce both quality beef and good milk yields. However, in Australia
through selective breeding programs, Pinzgauer has been developed as a beef animal.  Pinzgauer beef is tender with superior intra-muscular
fat dispersal better known as beef marbling qualities.  They have an excellent walking-ability to graze over large areas.  Cows have high
milk yields with high protein and butterfat content.  Pinzgauer cows have exceptional mothering qualities and their high quality milk
yields ensure a healthier and heavier calf.  They also take on roles as surrogate mothers where a single Pinzgauer cow will raise
several orphaned calves in a season providing sufficient milk and protecting them as her own.

Reproduction and fertility are the two most essential economic factors in a successful breeding plan. Heifers mature early and calve
from 27 months.  Pinzgauer bulls display signs of masculinity early in life.  When it comes to male fertility the Pinzgauer bulls have
a high sperm count and a healthy libido. Despite their strong breeding habits Pinzgauer bulls are docile and easy to handle and train
for show purposes.  These exceptional bulls also have superior gain ability and feed conversion ratios.  The Australian Pinzgauer is
mainly used for beef breeding but milk production has not been neglected therefore Pinzgauers have excellent cross-breeding abilities
and have the potential to serve well as commercial herd-sires.





DNA Gene Testing for Tenderness

   Pinzgauer breeders have long known about the tenderness of the  meat from Pinzgauer cattle.  Now DNA profiling has shown that Pinzgauers contain the "Tenderness Gene".

An article detailing some of the testing done on Pinzgauers was published on the American Pinzgauer Association website.  A copy of it is available by clinking on the link below or it can be viewed on the APA website at

Tenderness Information Article







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Pinzgauer Bull Wins National Performance Award

At the recent Spring Show in Pretoria, South Africa, a Pinzgauer Bull owned by Mr Paul Bester won the ARC National Special Performance Test Class Award.  This is a prestigious award in its 35th year and is contested against a wide range of breeds.

The win by a Pinzgauer Bull further demonstrates the quality of the breed.  Congratulations to Mr Paul Bester and ZZ2 Livestock.

Full details can be read at the following linked article.