Danish Red cattle

Danish Red cattle are a popular breed which originates from the islands off the coast of Denmark. Developed from Angeln, North Schleswig Red and Ballum and crossbred with local island cattle, Danish Red are renowned for the good quality milk that they produce. Their milk has a higher butterfat (around 4.1%) and protein content (approx 3.5%) than Holstein Friesians.

Danish Red cattle

Danish Red cattle number around 40,000 in their native country and are sometimes referred to as, ‘Red Danish dairy breed’. In the 1960s, the breed accounted for over 60% of Danish livestock but they are no longer the most popular breed in Denmark. Dutch Friesian cattle now comfortably outnumber them.

Danish Red cattle – Characteristics

Solid red in colour, Danish Red cows typically weigh around 660 kilos, mature bulls (usually darker in colour) around 1000 kilos. Calves are born at around 36 to 40 kilos. Cows are quite fertile and live long and fertile lives. The calving process is relatively problem free and calving intervals are just under 13 months.

Danish Red cattle

Danish Red cattle have been bred to be disease resistant. Good immune systems mean that they rarely suffer from health problems, resistance to mastitis for example is very good.

Danish Red cattle are durable and adaptable and can thrive in both hot and cold regions. The Danish Red has  been successfully crossbred with other cattle and many of the resulting breeds, such as the Belarus Red, Bulgarian Red and Estonian Red have proved very popular.

Although mainly bred as a dairy breed, Danish Red beef is also highly regarded (the slaughter yield is usually around 56%).

If you are interested in purchasing Danish Red cattle, please get in touch.

Danish Red cattle and much more 

David Clarke Livestock also supply other dual purpose cattle. These include Brown Swiss, Norwegian RedFleckvieh/Simmental, Rotbunt and Montbéliarde.

Find out more about our dairy cattle service which includes the supply of Jersey crosses, Ayrshire, British Friesian, Holstein, Kerry and Guernsey cattle. Our beef cattle service includes Aubrac, Aberdeen Angus, Charolais, Devon, Hereford, Limousin and Salers cattle.

Please contact our friendly team on 00353 87 257 6434 to discuss your requirements.