AMERICAN PINZGAUER ASSOCIATION
PO Box 1477
Kingsville, Texas 78364

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PINZGAUER JOURNAL
Spring 2018 Issue
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AFFADAVIT OF COMPLIANCE
Pinzgauer Certified Beef Program Form
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Different breeds of cattle are crossed to produce progeny with gene combinations generally not seen in either parent breed.  These new gene combinations cause crossbred progeny to exceed their parents performance which is called hybrid vigor or heterosis.  Ultimately the strong points of one breed will mask the weak points of the other breed thus producing a better animal. 

In Austria where the breed was developed almost 1500 years ago, the Pinzgauer is considered a dual purpose, dairy and beef breed.  You can expect improved milk and maternal qualities  meaning improved weaning weights in their calves.

The Pinzgauer is adaptable to a variety of climates.  Pinzgauers thrive in the cold, snowy regions of the U. S. and Canada and also do well in the hot and humid regions of Texas and Florida.  Eye problems are rare.  Smooth hair and firm but flexible skin prevents tick and other insect infestations.  The pigmentation of the skin and hooves protects the breed from thesun.  The breed reaches sexual maturity at a very young age and retains above average fertility. 

Pinzgauers are a moderate frame breed that will compliment most other breeds.  Birth weights are comparable with other continental breeds ranging from 70 to 80 lbs.  Weaning weights are on average slightly higher due to improved milk production and quality.  The average female weighing around 1200 lbs. will typically wean a 600 lb calf. 

USDA Meat  Animal Research Center trait averages for steers of Pinzgauer breeding have over 61% Choice, over 69% Retail Product, Rib Eye Area of 11.28 sq in.   Shear force (tenderness) test for Pinzgauer was the best at 4.47kg versus 4.5 for Angus with most breeds being over 5.0kg. 

Research is continuing but the future of all beef cattle operations depends on Quality Beef Genetics.
 
 
 
 
 
     
 
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