Danish Cattle Why Danish Red

Danish cows are the most productive in the world, beating the Americans and the Dutch, giving on average 9544kg of milk, all produced under high welfare conditions. Danish dairymen are fortunate in having a national advisory service with 31 centres scattered throughout Denmark.

 Denmark has an extremely detailed national cattle data base. Hence individual data is logged with respect to milk yield and quality, health and disease, breeding and feeding policy.
A national health programme focuses on reducing mortality, reducing mastitis and improving claw health.
The breed is also known as ‘Red Danish dairy breed’.(RDM) The number of pedigree cows in Denmark amounts to 31.096  pieces.

performance indicators:

  • Breed for milk and meat production;
  • High fertility;
  • Easy calving;
  • Early development and continued economic use;
  • Good durability;
  • High milk production with high fat and protein content; 9544 kg milk, 416 kg fat, 4,35 % fat., 3,57%protein
  • Good udder health;
  • Strong claws;
  • High resistance to diseases, particularly mastitis;
  • High heat resistance and total adaptability to different climate zones (hot and cold regions).


Average indicators of the breed (2015-2016):

Milk production:  
9544 kg per year, with 4.35% fat and 3.57%. protein
Maximum efficiency: 
16,407 kg milk per year. The average milk yield of highly
productive companies may be 11,400 kg.


Calves are born with a weight of 38 to 45 kg. At the age of 12 months, bulls weight of 450 kg to 600 kg. Mature cows weigh between 550 and 800 kg, bulls are approximately 1,000 kg.

The Danish Red cattle has an average daily weight gain from 1200 to 1400 grams. The slaughter yield is 56%.