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Waldviertler Blondvieh

The Waldviertler Blondvieh cattle are a small-framed, long-living and above all a late maturing cow in terms of milk performance with a narrow body, a fine skeleton and an average musculature. The animals are almost white or blond with a flesh- coloured muzzle and yellow- brown horns and hooves.

Waldviertler Blondvieh

Direction of use

The Waldviertler Blondvieh is a beef dual purpose breed. The very fine-fibrous meat, combined with a good fertility and easy calving in cows make the Waldviertler Blondvieh the ideal breed for suckler cows to produce quality meat on less productive land.

Statistics & Distribution

  • Austria: 1,100 animals
  • Breed proportion in Austria: 0.14%

The distribution of the Waldviertler Blondvieh is limited to the provinces of Lower Austria, Upper Austria and Styria.


Ø Milk performance: 3,623 kg – 4.18% F – 3.51% P (305 days)

Ø Beef performance:

  Daily weight gain (g)
  200 days 365 days
M 1 066.3 945.3
F 937.1 792.7

Control farms (Herds): 128

Height (cm, Ø): 130

Weight (kg, Ø): 525

Animals in control farms: 2,117

Registered cows: 966

Origin: Lower Austria (A)


Area of origin: Waldviertel, Lower Austria

Original type: The Waldviertler Blondvieh originated from the crossing of the Illyrian- Celtic cattle with Hungarian Cattle. This universally light-coloured breed was then mixed with the Franconian cattle.

1900: The name „Waldviertler Blondvieh“ was used for the breeds Gföhler or Zwettler, Raabsser and Stockerauer

1933: Establishment of the Waldviertler Blondvieh breeders` association, the breeding goal was primarily work performance, in second place the beef performance and milk performance was only in third place

1938 – 1945: Because of too many bulls, bulls from the universally light-coloured, yellow Höhen- and Franken cattle and Glan- Donnersberger cattle were used

1939: Implementation of licensing and central sales events

1945: Only 29% of the cattle in Lower Austria are Waldviertler Blondvieh. These were largely replaced by Simmental cattle

1960: Consistent shift of breeds to Simmental cattle, within a few years the Waldviertler Blondvieh were displaced with only a small number remaining  

1966: Dissolution of the breeding association

1982: Start of a conservation program at the initiative of ÖNGENE