With over 1.7 million animals, the Fleckvieh/Simmental is the most widely spread breed of cattle in Austria. Simmental/Fleckvieh can be found in intensive big-scale farms in Europe and North America, Australia or South America as well as countries where cattle on small scale farms secure the daily survival of their owners.
Recently, great gains have been made in the genetic milk productiveness of the Fleckvieh through breed management to the point that the Fleckvieh rivals pure milk producing dairy breeds. Special value is placed on the Fleckvieh fitness characteristics including fertility, longevity, calving ease, udder health, milking speed, somatic cell count, and persistence.
A large percentage of young Fleckvieh cattle are on alpine grazing for the entire Summer months – this involves foraging on very sparse vegetation, on steep slopes, and results in good overall health and longevity.
Dairy dual purpose breed, excellent for crossing in commercial crossing for dairying. Suitable to all production and climate conditions, fertility, longevity, fit for pasture and loose housing.
Fleckvieh cows, due to their longevity often reach their peak performance in later lactations. The high sales value of cull cows and the excellent fattening properties of male progeny offer additional sources of income.
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1870The importation of yellow coloured bulls from the Swiss Simmental region and cross-breeding with local red and white spotted Austrian cattle (Fleckvieh) results in a medium stature and very robust breed in various shades of colour and markings. The variety in colour is of no significance as far as usage or genetic properties are concerned.
1894Foundation of the first Austrian Simmental Fleckvieh Breeding Association.
As late as 1950The top priority was milk, meat and work (featuring superior fitness and a good temperment as a basis for balanced breeding).
After 1975Milk and fitness were given increased attention while still keeping an eye on meat output.
1997Introduction of the Total Merit Index as a very balanced Breeding Aim for milk, beef and fitness.
The Celtic Sires 2017 Study tour dates are proposed for 20th to 22nd June. The plan (subject to enough available flights) is to fly direct from Dublin to and from Munich, which is only about an hour from the Austrian border. The plan is to take an early morning flight on the Tuesday 20th June, returning late on Thursday, so only 2 nights away. A report of last year's tour is at the end of this notice. Besides the business end of farm and AI station visits, we will also include some sightseeing of this very beautiful country. Most notable about the farm visits is that they typically always involve an extended family, often with 3 generations working in harmony. Austrian farmers work hard, but, by Irish standards, have a surprising level of technology and machinery involved, and enjoy a high standard of living. Notable also is the absolute maximum use of the land available, with nothing going to waste, and what would be considered extremely difficult mountain farms in Ireland, producing to a very high level.Places will be allocated on a strictly first come, first served basis, so please do notify as soon as you can, by email to email@example.com, or text or phonecall to 086. 8810719 or 087.2609851.
Celtic Sires Study Tour, Austria, 4-7 July 2016.
Tues. 5th July.
Farm 1. Daurer, Unteramt 32, 3264 Gresten.
Farm 2. Janker, Plambach 8, 3202 Gruenau.
Wed. 6th July.
Farm 3. Fattening farm . Auinger, Tuernberg 3, 4231 Wartberg.
Farm 4 Ratzberger, 3352 St Peter in der Au.
Farm 5: Wimmer, Mosing 163, 4431 Haidershofen. ( 4 Generations of Family in one house)