language selection


At the beginning of the 1950’s, the conviction prevailed that the success of work performed by the Austrian cattle breeders depended quite considerably on co-operation beyond the limits of the provinces, associations and breeds. This applies to questions of breeding as well as marketing.

The Braunvieh cattle breeder and at that time Federal Minister for Agriculture and Forestry, ÖkR Franz Thoma (Styria), the Fleckvieh breeder and later deputy provincial governor, ÖkR Johann Blöchl (Upper-Austria), founded the Association at the beginning of 1954, the  Central Working Committee of Austrian Cattle Breeders (ZAR). The first goals set were to represent members’ interests and to solve ongoing questions. To an increasing extent democratically resolved joint means of procedure in the individual provinces and the performance of joint activities became a necessity.

Under the leadership of Huber, Mandorfer, Pollhammer, Gurtner and Sauer, who later became chairmen of the association, a strategy of togetherness and communal understanding was pursued. With ÖkR. Rudolf Pumberger as chairman at that time, the tried and tested policy of consensus was pursued. On the other hand many important and brave steps were taken from a technical and organisational point of view. 2005 the chairmanship of ZAR was handed over to Anton Wagner from Sonntagberg, Lower-Austria. He represented the ZAR as an umbrella organization of the more than 24.000 Austrian breeders of all races under the branding RINDERZUCHT AUSTRIA. Austrian cattle were exported all over the world. In April 2016 the Tyrolean Stefan Lindner was elected by all members to the new chairman.

The previous managers were Müller, Ebenbauer, Hartmann (1980-1993), Potucek (1993-2003), Sturmlechner (2003-2016). The current manager ist Martin Stegfellner.
 Chronological table

Year important events
1954   Foundation of  ZAR
1955   Authorisation to use the special seal of the European Committee to ascertain the economic efficiency of milk animals (today the IKLT)
60s   Introduction of automated data processing and establishment of punchcard recording centre
1963   First breeding value estimates (next generation comparison for milk)
1967   Creation and introduction of Austrian-wide clear ear tags
1970   Handing over of all EDP activities of ZAR to LFRZ
1975   ZAR office moves from Lassallestraße to Gumpendorferstraße. Establishment of ZAR’s own EDP group for new establishment of programmes, the maintenance of these and the monitoring of steps taken
1980   Introduction of EDP for herd book recording at breeding federations
1985   Breeding value estimate: introduction of  BLUP father model for milk
1992   Breeding value estimate: introduction of BLUP animal model for milk and persistence
1995   Breeding value estimate: introduction of useful life, fertility, calving and meat performance
  Move to Universumstraße 33/8, 1200 Wien.
1998   Breeding value estimate; introduction of economic overall breeding value, introduction of cell count and stillbirth/birth rate
1999/2000 Change of whole EDP to Rinderdatenverbund (RDV)
2000   Beginning of joint breeding value estimate with Germany (Type traits Simmental) Breeding value estimate: introduction of milking performance and breeding value for crossings
2001   Establishment of  ZuchtData EDV-Dienstleistungen GmbH
2002  Joint breeding value estimate with Germany for all breeds and all characteristics
2004  Move to House of animal breeding, Dresdner Straße 89/19, 1200 Vienna
2006 Start of the project “Health monitoring system for cattle”
2007 Membership of the Association for Biotechnology Research (FBF), Start of the photo database
2008 Start of educational projects
2009 Establishment of GENOSTAR Rinderbesamung GmbH, 10 years Rinderdatenverbund, Health breeding values for Fleckvieh
2010 Quality certificate for the performance testing in dairy- and beef cattle
2011 Collection of health data is a fixed part in the breeding program, Decision to grant awards to the life performance of beef cattle, Genomic breeding value estimation in the Simmental, ZAR receives, as an educational institution, the certificate according to the ISO standard 29990, International recognition for genomic breeding value estimation in Brown Swiss, Start of the project “OptiGene”
2012 Mating planer OptiBull, Entry into force of the show rules of Rinderzucht AUSTRIA, Start of the project “Efficient Cow”
2013 Breeding values ​​for health traits of Brown Swiss, Publication genetic peculiarities and genetic defects on the breeding value database of the ZAR
2014 60 year celebration of the ZAR, start of the ADDA (Advancement of Dairying in Austria)-project
2016 End of the "era" chairman Anton Wagner. New chairman: Stefan Lindner, new director: Martin Stegfellner