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Breed: Danish Red:

  • The Danish Red is, as could be expected, red. The bull is a darker color than the cow.
  • Occasionally white patches occur on the belly.
  • The coat hairs are soft and short and give the Danish Red a shiny appearance.
  • The muzzle and the hoofs are dark.
  • The Danish Red has a long, flat topline, and an angular body shape.
  • The horns are short and thick, and the face is straight.
  • The average bull's weight is 2300 pounds; the average cow's is about 1500 pounds.
  • The cow produces rich, high quality milk.
  • The Danish Red is raised mostly in Europe.
  • The breed was developed in the 1800s from the North Slesvig Red, which was a cross between an old German breed (the Angln), localisland cattle, and the Bally.
  • The Danish Red was officially recognized in 1878, and the herdbook was formed in 1885.

Danish Red

A Field Guide to Cows, by John Pukite, Falcon Press, Helena, Montana, 1996, pp. 86-87.
Photo from The Danish Red Dairy Breed page.