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hooked on this ancient breed We Pick Mature female Pinzgauers average around 1,300 to 1,600 pounds and routinely wean 600 to 800 pound calves due to milk that is high in butterfat. AMERICAN PINZGAUER ASSOCIATION Since 1975 one Texas family’s been BY JAIME PULLMAN or Stacey Ferguson, Pinzgauer cattle are a family affair. “I was six years-old when my dad brought his fi rst Pinzgauer cattle purchase home to Pyramid Ranch in 1975 and I immediately fell in love with their curious nature and those white tails. My dad’s Pinzgauer cow-calf operation has been growing strong for over 40 years now at his ranch in Anna, Texas.” Ferguson, who lives in Spring, Texas, is Secretary for the American Pinzgauer Association and serves on several committees for the beef breed. Their unique color pattern, dark red color and white topline and tail, make them pleasing to the eye. But their performance is what has made people like Ferguson and her dad fall in love. “He has invested lots of time and love in his cattle, preferring to raise only Pinzgauers all these years because of their gentle nature and effi ciency,” she shares. “It is a great feeling to know my dad’s love for this breed carries on not only in me, but my daughter as well. Shelby is now a Sophomore at Texas A&M University, but in 2013 received her fi rst Pinzgauer heifer from my dad’s ranch. We showed that heifer all over the state of Texas at jackpot shows, county shows, Rodeo Austin and at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. We also traveled with her to the Pinzgauer National Show in Sedalia, Missouri. My daughter› s most recent heifer, out of that dam from my dad’s ranch, won Grand Champion Pinzgauer Female at the National show this past August. That heifer just had a beautiful heifer calf that will travel to the National show in August, hopefully following in her mother’s footsteps.” ANCIENT BEGINNINGS Pinzgauer cattle originated in the Alps of Austria around 500 AD, where they were selectively bred from the native Bavarian cattle to be a dual-purpose breed. They are still considered dual purpose in Europe F 88 I WORKING RANCH I MARCH 2018


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