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Pustertaler Sprinzen

The Pustertaler Sprinzen are predominantly white, while the transitions to the red, brown or black coloured body parts look as if they had been splashed with colour especially on the flanks. The name “Sprinzen” comes from this special marking. The good medium-framed animals have a deep, long torso and a thick neck.

Pustertaler Sprinzen auf der Weide
Luca Nolli

Direction of use

The Pustertaler Sprinzen are a dual-purpose breed and are, due to their muscle fullness, their healthy legs, their good fertility and their good weight gain, ideally suited to suckling. Due to their hard hooves, proper foundation and robustness, the breed is suitable for husbandry in extreme areas.

Statistics & Distribution

  • Worldwide: 2,500 animals
  • Europe: 2,500 animals
  • Austria: 1,100 animals
  • Breed proportion in Austria: 0.07%

This breed is widespread in Pusteral in Southern Tyrol and its side valleys and since the 1980s in Austria and Germany.


Ø Milk performance: 3,896 kg – 3.92% F – 3.33% P (305 days)

Ø Beef performance:

   Daily weight gain (g)
  200 days 365 days
M 1 165.6 1 028.9
F 1 010.2 855.5

Control farms (Herds): 121

Height (cm, Ø): 135

Weight (kg, Ø): 650

Animals in control farms: 927

Registered cows: 474

Origin: South Tyrol (I)


Area of origin: Originally they were located in the valley of the same name in Southern and Eastern Tyrol

End of the 19th century: Establishment of numerous livestock breeding cooperatives, heaviest cattle in the Eastern Alps

End of the 1920s: Stop of the activities of the livestock breeding cooperatives

1927: Collapse of the race as a result of the exclusion from licensing according to a decree of the agricultural inspectorate

1939 – 1945: Survival of the race only by officially certified bulls for private use

Early 50s: Establishment of new breeding associations

1985: Measures for the conservation of this breed

1998: First imports from Southern Tyrol to increase the Austrian population, measures for gene conservation were introduced with the South Tyrolean representatives

1999 & 2014: „Breed of the year“ in Austria