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ZZ2 Pinzgauers beef up Pretoria Show

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ZZ2's prime Pinzgauer stud performed exceptionally well at this year's Pretoria Show. Amongst 150 entries from 25 Pinzgauer breeders,  ZZ2's Mister Silence was judged champion interbreed bull, the overall meat cattle champion bull, as well as the general gold cup winner at the show.  Tami Ramathwala was awarded best cattle handler overall.

The Pinzgauer Championships was held on 1 September in the mother city and was the final in a series of five agricultural shows in which Pinzgauers participated; the others being the Vryburg Show, the Bloemfontein Show, the Royal Show in Pietermaritzburg and the Thabazimbi Show.  It is the first time that a gold cup winner - chosen from all the participating meat cattle breeds - was appointed at the Pretoria Show.

ZZ2 added to the Bertie van Zyl Pinzgauers stud in 2006 when CEO Tommie van Zyl and Paul Bester, general manager of cattle husbandry at ZZ2 bought in a new bloodline from Namibia. This stud is known as the Grootboom stud.

A Pinzgauer stud has now also been established on ZZ2's farms in Ceres in the Western Cape. This breed, originally from Austria, is very adaptable to different climates. With the establishment of the breed in the Western Cape the genetic pool has been extended, not only for ZZ2 but for all Pinzgauer breeders.