Danish Red cattle are one of the world’s most productive dairy breeds, capable of producing at least 8,000kgs of milk per lactation, posing the question - Is it worth adding Danish Red genetics to your milking herd?
The Breed -
As the name would suggest, the Danish red breed hails from Denmark, where there are approximately 40,000 specimens remaining.
They were first developed through combining genetics of the also-productive Angeln cattle breed, as well as others such as North Schleswig Red and Ballum cattle.The Danish Cattle breed was actually used in the foundation of many other popular dairy breeds, such as the Latvian Red, the Lithuanian Red, the Estonian Red, the Polish Red, the Tambov red and Bulgarian red breeds.
These breeds all have the same unique colouring, red, which is synonymous with Danish Red cows.
There are many benefits to adding Danish Red genetics to your milking herd, no more so than they productivity of the breed.
- Milking Performance - The most important benefit of using Danish Red, is their productivity in Milk production. Danish Red cows produce an average of 8,000kgs of milk per lactation, which puts them in the top-ten performing dairy breeds in the world.
- High Quality Milk - Their milk is of extremely high quality and actually has a higher butterfat and protein content than Holstein Friesians! Butterfat levels are usually around 4.17%, while protein content is often about 3.5%.
- Easy Calvers - Danish Red cows are famed for their ease of calving, with calves usually weighing from 36-40kgs at birth. Cows also have a calving interval of under 13-months.
- Beef Benefits - Danish Red calves also hold their value for beef production purposes. In fact, calves can grow at a rate of 1.4kgs per day and at full maturity cows weigh an average of 600kgs, with some bulls weighing in excess of one tonne! Danish Red cattle also have a slaughter yield of approximately 56% and is highly regarded for its quality.
- Healthy & Fertile - Danish Red cows are also very fertile, in general. They live, long fertile lives, meaning you should get more calves per cow from Danish Red cattle. They are also a much healthier breed than most and are known to rarely suffer from health problems. They have a superior immune system to most breeds and rarely suffer from cases of mastitis. They have been bred through the years to be a disease-resistant breed.
- Adaptable - A highly adaptable breed, Danish Red cattle can cope with most climates. They not only exhibit great heat tolerance abilities but can thrive in cold conditions also.
A breed capable of producing an abundance of high-quality milk and calves which hold value in beef production, why not add some Danish Red genetics to your herd?