Danish Red cattle

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Danish Red cattle

Danish Red cattle, also known as Red Danish or Red Dane, are a major dairy cattle breed in northern Europe.[1][2] There are 42,599 pedigree cows in Denmark. They can be used as a beef breed once they finish their useful lifetime.[3]

The Breed[edit]

The breed was developed in Denmark based on local breeds bred with Angeln cattle[4] from Angeln, Schleswig. Danish Red cattle (and, earlier, Angeln cattle) have been imported to many other countries and have been used to improve and form many local breeds,[5] such as Lithuanian Red, Estonian Red,[6] Latvian Red, Polish Red, Belarus Red,[7][8] Tambov Red (Russian Red), Bulgarian Red, etc.

The solid red color of these breeds has helped in making them popular for crossbreeding in tropical countries[9] with red Zebu dairy breeds like Sahiwal, Red Sindhi and Butana. They are good milk cows, yielding milk with higher butter fat and protein content than the Holstein Friesian does.


  1. ^ Oklahoma State University breeds of livestock
  2. ^ "Embryo Plus cattle breeds - Danish Red". Archived from the original on 25 June 2003.
  3. ^ http://www.vaex.nl/vv/int-eng/cattle/breeding-cattle/dairy-breeds/danish-red.aspx
  4. ^ Oklahoma State University breeds of livestock- Angeln Cattle
  5. ^ EAAP Similar central European breeds
  6. ^ "Embryo Plus cattle breeds - Estonian Red". Archived from the original on 27 June 2003.
  7. ^ "Embryo Plus cattle breeds - Belarus Red". Archived from the original on 27 August 2010.
  8. ^ Oklahoma State University breeds of livestock- Belarus Red Cattle
  9. ^ Food and agriculture organisation World Animal Review

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