These By-Laws are made pursuant to the Memorandum and Articles of the

Australian Pinzgauer Breeders Association.




















19. FEES



The definitions contained in clause 2 of the Memorandum of Association shall be deemed to be embodied herein and shall be read as part of these By-Laws.

“$” denotes dollars in Australian currency.

“Sire” means a registered Pinzgauer bull that has been used for breeding.  It may include live animals, A.I. semen donors or sires of embryo transfers.

“Appendix” shall mean a female with less than 90% percent and at least 48% percent Pinzgauer blood and that has been accepted into a Herdbook Appendix section.

“Blood” means the genetic make-up of an animal.

“DNA Genotype” means the testing of an animal’s genetic system for the purpose of verifying parentage.

“Entered” in relation to an animal means entered on the animal registration application.

“Grade” means the level of Pinzgauer blood in an animal as categorised by Appendices F1, F2 and F3 and Pinzgauer.

“Foundation Base” in relation to cows and heifers means animals containing less than 48% percent Pinzgauer blood.

“Grading Up” means the initial process of using a Pinzgauer bull over any base of Foundation bred female for the purpose of producing progeny with increased percentage Pinzgauer blood.  Grading up can also be conducted by using a suitable Polled, Red Beef Breed Bull over a Pinzgauer female.

“Herdbook Number” means the number allocated by the Association to an animal registered in the Herdbook.

“Identification” or “ID number” in relation to an animal means the unique combination of letters and numbers as recorded.

“Member Number” means the unique number allocated by the Association to identify individual membership of the Association.

“Name” or “Animal Name” means a word or words recorded in the Herdbook to identify an animal.

“NLIS” means National Livestock Identification Scheme.

“Owner” or “Registered Owner” in relation to an animal means the person recorded in the Herdbook as the owner of that animal.

“Pinzgauer” means a female having at least 90% percent and a male having at least 95% percent Pinzgauer blood, that is the result of a planned and recorded grading-up programme.

“Prefix” or “Herd Prefix” shall be the three letters used to identify all animals from the same herd of Pinzgauers.

“Region” means a geographic region within Australia as determined by Council from time to time.

“Registered” in relation to an animal means that the animal is registered in the Herdbook of the Association.

“Sire Referencing” refers to the comparative analysis of performance traits of bulls in different herds whereby performance is genetically compared through Breedplan records.

“Year Letter” refers to the International Pinzgauer standard letter denoting the year of birth of an animal.


These By-Laws are pursuant to the Memorandum and Articles of the Australian Pinzgauer Breeders Association Limited, and where the context reasonably permits, the singular number includes the plural number and vice versa and the word gender includes the male, female and neuter gender.

Development and maintenance of a permanent efficient recording system to be known as the Pinzgauer Registry, ensuring accuracy and integrity, shall be the Associations primary aim to enable promotion of the breed toward improved production standards. The Registry shall contain copies of applications for membership, the membership Register and animal registration applications, application for transfer of ownership and other records and documents pertaining to Herdbook registration of qualified Pinzgauer blood cattle including the latest historical copies of the published Herdbook.


(a) The Herdbook, and its Appendices, shall consist of a register of live animals and their pedigrees. The Association shall receive applications for registration and data collection pertaining to each animal; shall process and record such data towards its certification, storage and retrieval so the animals may be transferred and data analysed for the betterment of the breed.

(b) Owners must notify the Official Registrar of the death of any registered animal within 90 days of death occurring and upon such notice being given, the death or culling shall be recorded in the Pinzgauer Registry.

(c) The information required to be kept in the Herdbook may be recorded using a computer.

(d) Applications for registrations shall only be accepted from Full, Small Breeder, Honorary Life, Foundation and Junior (where applicable) members who are financial at the date of application and who have had a Herd Name and Prefix registered with the Association.

(e) A unique Herdbook Number of up to eight (8) digits shall be required for registration for each animal bred.

(f) The Herdbook shall contain all information regarding the origin and introduction of all male and females categorised into five categories pursuant to subclause 4(c) (vi) by sex in each individual herd.

(g) The Herdbook shall provide for notation of the level of polledness and artificial breeding.

(h) Pursuant to subclause 7(j) multi-sire mated stock shall be eligible for registration in the Herdbook.

(i) Calves imported in utero shall be accepted as Australian when born.

(j) The Council shall, whenever it considers it appropriate so to do, print and publish a volume of the Herdbook containing any matter which it considers appropriate including such records of registration and transfer and of pedigrees as have been recorded in the Herdbook since the then last published volume and for all stock currently being used as breeders.


(a) Application for Registration of animals in the Herdbook shall be on the prescribed form.  This form which is attached in Appendix 1 may be submitted electronically or in hard copy.

 (b) Any forms not correctly filled in will be returned to the applicant for completion or correction and the Official Registrar may require such additional information as they may think fit before accepting an animal for registration.

(c) Application for Registration of Pinzgauer animals most be supported by a certification from the owner that the animal meets the Standards of Excellence for Pinzgauer cattle as determined by Council.  Such certification is included on the Application for Registration.

(d) With the provisions noted in subclause 4(d), the following conditions for acceptance of an animal for Herdbook registration must also be met:

  1. Foundation Female Base stock to be used in a grading up programme shall be any sound female being from any breed or cross including stock with less than 48% percent Pinzgauer blood;
  2. Where a non Pinzgauer Bull is used in a grading up program, the Bull must be suitable Polled Red Beef Breed Registered Bull and can only be used over a Pinzgauer female to produce a F1 Appendix Female.
  3. Animals eligible as F2 or F3, or as Pinzgauer registration must have both the dam and sire registered in the Herdbook or a Herdbook recognised by the International Association, in which case the percentage blood must satisfy the Australian Association Herdbook requirements;
  4. F3 females must demonstrate a typical Pinzgauer appearance, as per the Association’s Standard of Excellence as set down by Council;
  5. Pinzgauer registered animals must demonstrate a typical Pinzgauer appearance, as per the Association’s Standard of Excellence as set down by Council;
  6. Provided subclause 4(d) (ii, iii and iv) are acceptable the grading categories shall be:


Minimum 48% Pinzgauer blood, as a result of mating an unregistered female with a Pinzgauer bull or a Pinzgauer Female with a suitable Polled Red Beef Breed Registered bull.


Minimum 72% Pinzgauer blood, as a result of mating F1 female with Pinzgauer bull.


Minimum 84% Pinzgauer blood as a result of mating F2 female with Pinzgauer bull.


Minimum 90% Pinzgauer blood as a result of mating F3 female with Pinzgauer bull or a Pinzgauer female with a Pinzgauer bull.


Minimum 95% Pinzgauer blood, as a result of mating Pinzgauer female with Pinzgauer bull.

The following progeny table demonstrates the grade options for various matings (# indicates calf ineligible for registration)





Pinzgauer Bull

Suitable Polled Red Beef Breed Bull

Pinzgauer Bull

Unregistered Cow




F1 Cow




F2 Cow




F3 Cow




Pinzgauer Cow




  1. When an animal fails to satisfy the Official Registrar as to its eligibility for entry into the Pinzgauer registry, then that animal may be registered under the same Appendix entry as its dam;
    1. Provided clause 4 rules are not breached, animals may be registered in the Herdbook as a transfer from a foreign Herdbook recognised by the International Association, using the original foreign certificate properly endorsed as the application for registration;
    2. In the case of multiple births with opposite sex calves, a female calf shall not be registrable until she calves herself (at which time the over-age penalty fee shall be waived).

(e) Animals that are polled and are the result of the mating of a polled animal and a Horned (H) or Scurred (S) animal are to be registered as First Polled (P1).

(f) Animals are only to be registered as Polled (P) where they are the result of the mating of two Polled animals or one Polled animal and a First Polled animal and are themselves Polled.

(g) If an animal develops scurs after it has been registered as a Polled animal, the owner must notify the Official Registrar prior to the animal turning 18 months of age or prior to the animal being sold or used in a breeding program, whichever is the earlier.  If a Certificate of Registration has already been issued, the Association shall bear the cost of re-issuing the Certificate of Registration with the correction noted on it.

(h) All animals should be registered before they attain 18 months of age, otherwise penalty fees apply pursuant to subclause 19(e) (ii).

(i) Eligibility for registration of animals over the age of eighteen (18) months will always be subject to approval by council, but is available to progeny of all sires and dams entered in the Herdbook

(j) When an animal is leased for breeding purposes, the form on the reverse side of the Certificate of Registration must be completed and signed by both the owner and lessee, and forwarded to the Official Registrar. The lessee may then sign any application for registration or transfer of progeny as the owner.

(h) An animal may be registered under Syndicate or Partnership Ownership.

(l) No person submitting an animal for registration in the Herdbook and no owner of any animal registered in the Herdbook shall use any of the terms defined in the Rules in respect of animals to which they are not properly attributable in accordance with these Rules.

(m) An animal may be prohibited by Council or through its agent, the Official Registrar, from registration or transfer where:

(i) Any name, prefix, NLIS Tag, or other identifier which in the Council’s absolute discretion, it considers to be misleading as to pedigree, sex, origin or relationship of the animal or to be misapplied or contrary to the interests of the Association generally or objectionable in any respect or pronounced alike, but spelt differently to existing names;

(ii) The signature on an application is questionable;

(iii) The Council, from time to time for any other reason, sees fit to refuse registration.

(n) Sales agents shall not be authorised to sign application for registration or transfer.

(o) In all cases the owner is wholly responsible for providing details of animals. The signature of the owner of the animal at the time of registration verifies that the data on the application is true and correct to the best of the owner’s knowledge. The Association bears no responsibility for the information in any way.

 (p) All Purebred cattle already registered at the date of implementation of the Pinzgauer classification are eligible, at the option of the Owner, for reclassification in the Herdbook provided they meet the requirements of Clause 4 (e).  Applications for reclassification should be submitted in writing to Council.  There will be no charge for reclassification.


(a) An Association “Certificate of Registration” shall be prepared for all animals accepted for registration in the Herdbook.

(b) In the event that a certificate has been lost, destroyed or is unobtainable, a duplicate certificate may be obtained by submitting a statutory declaration containing all necessary information to the Official Registrar provided that the appropriate fee is paid. If the original certificate is found it shall become the property of the Association;

(c) The Certificate of Registration shall include the grade of Pinzgauer for each animal.


With respect to performance recording it is strongly recommended that animals of at least 48% percent Pinzgauer blood be recorded through the National Beef Recording (Breedplan) Scheme whereby:

(a) The Association shall, by negotiation with NBRS, instigate a Sire Referencing Scheme.

(b) Adjustment factors shall be subject to change in accordance with Breedplan formula development.


(a) Each member shall keep full and proper records of their stud breeding activities including, without limiting the generality thereof, the purchase, sale, lease, birth, death, culling and registration of all animals being a part of their herd and shall make such records available for inspection by the Association.

(b) Any Pinzgauer Bull approved for AI siring must be DNA Genotyped and the results must be provided to the Society before any progeny will be accepted for registration.

(c) All imported livestock shall have DNA genotype reports provided to the satisfaction of the Official Registrar before being accepted into the Herdbook.

(d) Where Semen is imported, it must be supported by a DNA Genotype for the Donor Bull and that the results must be provided to the Society before any progeny will be accepted for registration.

(e) It is mandatory for all embryo donor dams to be DNA genotyped and that the results must be provided to the Society before any progeny will be accepted for registration.

(f) Where DNA Genotype is required, the Owner shall bear all costs involved.

(g) All DNA testing samples shall be carried out at a laboratory approved by Council.

(h) The Council declares it shall accept all findings of DNA Genotype from an approved laboratory.

(i) If any animal is unavailable to have DNA Genotype determined then a number of its progeny may be required to be tested instead, as advised by the testing laboratory.

(j) In the case of multi-sire mating, DNA Genotypes are required from each bull, the dam and its offspring in order to prove parentage of the offspring. In single sire matings where a cow is given access to more than one sire separately but consecutively, at least 28 days must elapse between accesses to consecutive sires, otherwise such matings will be deemed to be multi-sire matings.

(k) The Association reserves the right in any circumstances to require a DNA test to be carried out on any animal registered or submitted for registration in the Herdbook.  Such tests shall be at the Owner’s expense.


(a) Every successful applicant for membership to the Association shall be allocated a unique Member Number.

(b) Where a membership lapses the member number shall also lapse and shall not be issued to new members.

(c) Geographic regions shall be determined by Council from time to time.

The current regions are:

  • Victoria
  • New South Wales/Australian Capital Territory
  • Queensland and Northern Territory
  • Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia


(a) Before a member may enter an animal in the Herdbook he must have a Herd Name and Herd Prefix accepted by Council.

(b) A herd of Pinzgauer cattle shall be named using a maximum of 25 letters and/or spaces.

(c) A herd name, subject to the approval of Council, may be any suitable name or combination of letters for the sole and exclusive use of that herd.

(d) The purchaser of a Pinzgauer herd shall have no right to the previous Owners Herd Name, except with the written consent of the previous Owner.

(e) The Herd Prefix shall consist of any three (3) letters unique to that herd.


(a) Individual animals shall be given a unique name of not more than 25 characters, number or spaces.

(b) An animal’s NLIS number or tattoo may be used as part of its name.

(c) Animal names shall be prohibited from registration where they are already in use, in which case the Official Registrar will require the owner to supply alternate names.

(d) Names of imported animals shall be the same as shown on the Certificate of Registration from the country of origin until such time as a request for change of name is applied for.

(e) An unnamed animal may be named upon written application to the Association, provided that the previous Certificate of Registration is returned to the Official Registrar and proper fees paid.


The Primary form of physical identification for registered Pinzgauer cattle shall be a unique National Livestock Identification Scheme (NLIS) Ear Tag.

In addition, a secondary form of physical identification must be provided in case the NLIS Ear Tag is lost.  The Secondary form of identification shall be one of the following.

  1. Ear Tattooing in either one or both ears in accordance with the Guidelines for Tattooing contained in this Clause.
  2. Freeze or Fire Branding in accordance with the Guidelines for Branding contained in this Clause.
  3. A Management Ear Tag (other than the NLIS Ear Tag) which is uniquely numbered.

Where the NLIS Ear Tag is lost and a replacement NLIS Ear Tag is inserted, the Association must be informed in writing within 30 days of such replacement.  The cost for the reissuing of the Certificate of Registration is to be borne by the Registered Owner


If an animal is tattooed in the ear, the tattoo shall consecutively consist of up to 8 digits as follows:


  • Herd Prefix e.g. JUB followed by,
  • Grade of animal ie 1 for F1, 2 for F2 or 3 for F3.  In the case of animals being registered as a Pinzgauer, the Grade should be indicated by the letter P.
  • International Year Letter e.g. L (for 2014) followed by,
  • ID number e.g. 823


An animal’s ID number shall consist of up to three (3) digits, e.g. 76 (excluding leading zero) for 076.

For example,     JUBP   L823
or                     JUB2   L76

No two animals regardless of sex shall be tattooed with the same ID number.

The year letter shall denote the calendar year of birth. The letters I, Q and O shall not be used as designating year letters.

K - 2013, L - 2014, M - 2015, N - 2016, P - 2017, R - 2018, S - 2019, T - 2020. U - 2021 V – 2022.

In the event of a mistake being made in tattooing, an “X” shall be placed at the end of the offending tattoo line, and the correct part of the tattoo shall be applied above or below the mistake, and the Official Registrar notified of the correction.

No symbols may be used in a tattoo.

Note: Clause 11. Identification of Cattle, shall apply to animals registered after the 1 November 2015.


If an animal is branded, it must be done in a manner so that the brand is legible and able to be read from a distance of 50 metres.  Brands shall be in accordance with State Regulations or requirements.

The brand used to identify the herd must be approved by the relevant local regulatory authority and registered with APBA.

In addition, each animal shall be identified by a unique ID number.  The ID number shall consist of year letter identifying the calendar of birth and an identifying number.  No two animals regardless of sex shall be branded with the same ID number.

The year letters to be used shall be the same as for ear tattooing.


(a) Every change of ownership of a registered animal must be recorded as a transfer with the Association on the appropriate form.  It is the responsibility of the vendor to ensure that the prescribed notification form is submitted to the Official Registrar and that the prescribed fee is paid.  Where a registered animal is sold to a non-member, the vendor is also responsible for the transfer if that buyer becomes a member within 90 days of the sale.

(b) Every application for transfer shall be taken as a guarantee by the owner that the animal is as represented and that all matters stated are true and correct to the best of the owners knowledge.

(c) Before completing any transfer, it will be the duty of both the seller and purchaser to physically examine the physical identifiers or any other identification in order to establish the correct identity of the animal before it is delivered or consigned to the purchaser.

(d) If physical identifiers cannot be clearly read or are missing, or an error has been made on the Certificate of Registration, then this must be reported by the seller to the Official Registrar forthwith for direction.

 (e) A transfer by a member of the Association in favour of his spouse and/or one or more of his children by name or by a Firm or Company, as sole Transferee(s), and comprising all animals of which he is registered as the Owner in the Herdbook, may be approved by the Official Registrar. It may be recorded without fee, provided that all members of such firm and all Shareholders and Directors of such Company are respectively husband, wife, son or daughter of such member.

(f) An application for transfer of a registered female must include whether the animal is joined or empty. If joined, the application must contain the service dates and the Herdbook number of the sire.

(g) In an application for transfer of a registered female; with calf at foot; the calf must first be appropriately identified and registered before selling the animal.

(h) A transfer of registration entered on a transfer application or Certificate of Registration or on the records of the Association shall not be construed as the conveyance of legal title by the Association. The Association shall in no way be involved in nor assume liability for the purchase, sale or terms of sale of registered animals or the passage of legal title thereto.

(i) The Official Registrar may require such additional information as he thinks fit before accepting a transfer application.


As applied to Association sponsored, endorsed, approved or supported competitions:

(a) It is policy of the Association to emphasise economic trait performance and to encourage entry of Pinzgauer stock in live and/or carcass performance classes and special Association-sponsored performance comparison competitions as well as exhibiting and arranging demonstrations outside judged classes, where performance details are emphasised.

(b) Exhibitors in any competition should provide particulars of an individual animal’s performance relative to its class. Such data may include progeny records of production and weaning weight; age on females; and weight gain related records on bulls. This information may be used by the adjudicator in making decisions.

(c) The following shall also apply:

  1. All entries shall be for stock registered in the Herdbook and exhibitors shall be members of the Association;
  2. All entries shall have physical identifiers that agree with their Certificate of Registration;
  3. All animals shall be categorised as Pinzgauer Males and Females as per the Pinzgauer grading categories (refer Clause 4).
  4. Bulls shall have passed Bull Soundness Examination for breeding performed by a licensed Veterinarian;
  5. No animal with horns is to be shown.
  6. Receive Council approval;
  7. Notify the Association in writing of the intention to use the bull as an A.I. sire;
  8. Have the semen collected from the bull by a licensed A.I. Centre for the collection in Australia or overseas in compliance with Australian veterinary health standards;
  9. Pay the Association any registration fee in force from time to time;


With reference to Association sponsored, endorsed, approved or supported sales:

(a) All entered live animals, semen or ova, shall have their details checked by the Official Registrar immediately following the closure of entries for the Sale and before the Catalogue is printed to ensure all entries are in order;

(b) Each female shall have a Veterinarian’s Pregnancy Test Certificate available on the day of the sale indicating each animal’s pregnancy status;

(c) No horns;

(d) Council may approve, adopt and/or prescribe standard conditions of sale, as applicable to the animals registered in the Herdbook and may prescribe the extent, if any, to which any such conditions shall apply to such sales.


(a) Bulls imported as semen shall be registered as A.I. Sires, provided no evidence of genetic abnormalities nor aberrations are known of its progeny; and the bull is eligible to be registered in the Herdbook.

(b) Owners of registered Pinzgauer bulls desiring to market semen that is intended for the production of registered calves are required to:

(c) Where a bull is used for artificial insemination and it or its progeny show consistent genetic defects, the Official Registrar has the right to debar him and his progeny from registration and to deregister progeny and remove such bull from the Register of AI Sires.

(d) The Official Registrar shall not register more than four (4) owners of any one sire.

(e) Leasing of bulls shall be permitted for natural service only and not for the custom collection of semen.


(a) Progeny gained by “Embryo Transfer” are entitled to be registered in the Herdbook in the normal way pursuant to clause 4 and 7.

(b) Recipient cows must be clearly identified.


All Artificial Breeding Centres approved and/or licensed by the particular Government of the Country or State wherein the Artificial Breeding Centre is situated to collect, store and package semen and/or ova and embryos are approved by Council.  Storage and/or offer for sale of genetic material from an approved Artificial Breeding Centre shall be taken to imply a clean and clear health status according to Commonwealth and State health laws.


(a) In no case shall an error or irregularity of any nature be adjusted or corrected in the Pinzgauer Registry or on a Certificate of Registration without the Councils or Official Registrars permission respectively.

(b) The onus shall rest with the Owner to establish the accuracy of any breeding record that is challenged as to its validity.

(c) Notwithstanding anything herein contained, the Association assumes no responsibility, financial or otherwise, for any loss or damage that may be sustained to any individual, partnership, firm, corporation or institution by reason of any suspension, cancellation or correction of any registration, recordation, transfer or other documents or by reason of the suspension or expulsion of any member of the Association or by reason of the rejection of an application for membership or rejection of an application for registration of an animal.

19. FEES

(a) Registration and other fees, whereby dates when received are to be recorded for determining fees, shall be based on the date of postmarking to indicate the date mailed by the applicant. Transfer and lease fees are based on the date of sale or lease.

(b) The Council shall determine fees for registration, recording and transfer of animal information and for membership of the Association from time to time, but in all cases fees shall be reviewed at least annually.

(c) No applications shall be processed until each fee is paid in full.

(d) The Council shall in addition to membership and other fees be at liberty from time to time to levy members such amount as the Council shall determine and to apply the levies received towards promotion of and publicity for the breed.

(e) The Schedule of fees are set out as follows:

(i) MEMBERSHIP (pro rata pursuant to the Articles of the Association.)




Full Member


$170.50 **

Small Breeder


$93.50 **

Foundation Member



Commercial Member


$27.50 **

Junior Member



School Member



Associate Member



Honorary Life Member



* Late penalty of 25% of current subscription rate applies.

** Inclusive of Herd Name and Prefix registration fees.



Up to 18 mths

Over 18 mths










Pinzgauer Female




Up to 18 mths

Over 18 mths

Pinzgauer Male







Transfers per animal (within 90 days of change of ownership)



Transfers per animal (over 90 days of change of ownership)



Transfers per animal * *(from other recognised Herdbook)

* treated as new registration using 0 - 18 months fee schedule pursuant to subclause 19 (e) (ii)



Transfer of frozen embryo (within 90 days)



Transfer of frozen embryo (over 90 days)



Transfer of PTIC recipients (within 90 days)



Transfer of PTIC recipients (over 90 days)




  • Frozen Embryo Registration (per embryo)


  • Herd Name Registration


  • Herd Prefix Registration


  • A I Sire Registration


  • Notice of Lease or Lease Termination within 90 days


  • Notice of Lease or Lease Termination over 90 days
  • Change of Name of Membership




  • Change of Name of Animal


  • Name an Unnamed Animal


  • Extended Pedigrees, per Generation Step


  • Duplicate Certificate of Registration


  • Correction of Applicant Errors - per Animal Transaction

$11 00

  • Calf Registration Royalty, AI certificate of service

$1.10 each minimum order 20

  • Service certificate forms for natural or AI mating

$0.55 each, minimum order 10



When Pinzgauer cattle are being exhibited, the Association prefers that all handlers be dressed in the approved uniform.  Where the rules governing the Exhibition or Show require uniforms to be worn, the approved uniform must be worn.

The following uniform code applies to both male and female handlers.  Clothing should be well fitting, in clean and good condition, boots should be clean and hat clean with no holes and no badges attached.

  • Hat – prefer Akubra style, light colour i.e. bone, beige light brown – no baseball caps!
  • Shirt – must be white with collar and long sleeves
  • Neck wear – must be Maroon necktie plain or with Pinzgauer motif or small Maroon scarf (for female handlers) with Pinzgauer motif or plain, if no scarf or tie available, then just open necked shirt.
  • Vest – Must wear Maroon vest with or without Pinzgauer insignia
  • Trousers – prefer light coloured moleskins, if not then dressy jeans in black or dark blue.
  • Boots – prefer brown – no runners or gum boots.

If the above uniform is not available then a white dustcoat must be worn. It is expected that the overall presentation of the handlers enhances the image of the Breed and its Association.

No handler is to enter the show ring with a stud name on the