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Breeds of Livestock - Danish Red Cattle

Breeds of Livestock - Danish Red Cattle

Danish Red

danishred-web-1.jpgAlso Known By: Rødt Dansk Malkekvog (Danish), Fünen, Red Dane, Red Danish

The Danish Red is of the Baltic Red cattle type and originated on the islands off the coast of Denmark.  The breed was developed from North Slesvig Red, with Angeln and Ballum, crossed with the local island cattle.  During the 1970's Brown Swiss breeding was introduced into the bloodlines.

In the early 1960s this breed accounted 61% for of Danish cattle stock, by the early 1980s this number had declined to a little over 20%.  This was largely due to the introduction of higher producing Dutch Friesian cattle.

The bulls, which are typically darker red, have an average weight of 1000 kg.  Cows average 660 kg and show a typical dairy conformation.  In 1977, cows yielded an average of 5,240 kg of milk containing 4.17% fat during a lactation.

Genus Bos: Cattle Breeds of the World, 1985, MSO-AGVET (Merck & Co., Inc.), Rahway, N.J.

Mason, I.L. 1996. A World Dictionary of Livestock Breeds, Types and Varieties. Fourth Edition. C.A.B International. 273 pp.

Rød Dansk Malkerace, Udkærsvej 15, Skejby, 8200 Århus N, Tlf 8740 5000


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