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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 16 LETHBRIDQE HERALD Tuesday, February Mother Pinzgauer watches her calf search for food. PICTURE BUTTE The first purebred Pinzgauer calf in North America was born on a farm near here a week ago Owned by the five-man Pinzgauer Breeders Ltd., the IKHraund heifer calf is the offspring of a female and male Pinzgauer first im- ported to Lethbridge in September, 1972. Walter V. Boras of Picture Butte, secretary of Pinzgauer Breeders, said me first plans to import the Austrian calUe breeu tu CouoUtf started in I960. After a successful application to import the a group of HMH BIT. BoNS went to Austria in 1971 to select the mate and female Puugauer that would form the foun- dation animals for their exotic cattle After quarantine periods of three months in Austria, six months in Brest, France and three months in St. Pierre near New- foundland, the cattle arrived in They were qn rianotha on a farm la Pktnre be when chosen. The female Pinzgauer wasn't bred until it had recovered from the long quarantine period. The mother animal weighed pounds when it gave birth and within two hours, the new calf was on its feet and feeding, says Mr. Boras. Because the Pinzgauer breed is typically a heavy milking animal, there will be no iiwUeius getting sufficient food for the new calf. In Austria, the breed js used both as a milk cow and for beef production. The milk production of a Pinzgauer is about pounds yearly with a butterfat content of four per cent. This compares with the domestic Hereford which has a milk yield of about pounds annually with a butterfat content of about two per cent Since the first importation, Pinzgauer Breeders has bought nine more heifers and three more bulls. Another three heifers and one additional bull will be bronght from i to Canada tUsfatt. ittfe imported from Anstria for three yean, they will be bred in Southern Alberta to produce more purebred cattle. The Pinzgauer bulls are now being held at Canadian Genetics (Lethbridge) Ltd., a new artificial insemination stud station owned and operated by Pinzgauer Breeders. The semen is available for sale and all 900 brood cows owned by Mr. Boras have been bred with Pinzgauers. With more man half his cows already finished calving, Mr. Boras says about half the calf crop was female. The crossbred bull calves weighed an average of 85 pounds each while the heifer calves weighed about 70 He says the lower weight of the crossbred calves is because the Hereford cows bred to the Pinzgauer bulls were smaller animals than the purebred Pinzgauer mother. Another plus for the Pinzgaoer breeder, says Mr. Boras, is the longer calving life. Female anmmbhave been known .to nave 17 or ll calves before they are taken Herefords can nsuafly be he says ;