Good Organic Milk
At Knuthenlund, we have an organic dairy herd consisting of 500 East Frisian dairy sheep and 12 original Danish Red cows. Sheep’s milk has a creamy and almost velvety texture, which makes it superbly suited for dairy products. A sheep gives about 400 kg of milk per year, and sheep are typically milked for 6-8 months.
The original Danish Red cow has been an essential part of Knuthenlund’s operation for generations, dating back to the 1700s. Red cows’ milk was at that time used for both Maribo cheese and butter, just as it was the basis for my great-grandfather J.P. Herman Hansen’s white cheese, which was awarded a prize in 1903.
In the context of the industrialisation of agriculture in the 1950s, however, the original Danish Red was replaced with Holsteins, which had a higher yield. But now the rare breed has returned to Knuthenlund, where we at the dairy are in the process of restoring the original historic recipes. We have therefore acquired the first 12 cows and 5 calves.
The original Danish Red is now an endangered breed, and there are only about 150 mothers remaining. The breed has therefore been registered on the UN Farm and Agriculture Organization (FAO)’s endangered species list. The cow is characterised by the good quality of its milk and its ability to live on grass, however. On the other hand, the cow is not very good at converting concentrated or protein feeds.
The animals cared for by our talented staff consisting of production manager Ditte Malling Nielsen and keepers Adriana Nissen, Grethe Enogh and Mette Krogh along with apprentices Stine Egede Rosenvanger, Iben Willer Berg and Simon Schou Warming.
The animals cared for in accordance with ecological principles that ensure that the animals go to pasture at least 150 days per year. The animals graze on organic fields, where we have sown different herbs in the grass to give a different flavour to the milk.
In winter, the animals are untethered and have deep bedding in our newly renovated stalls. The animals are milked twice a day at 4 am and 2 pm. The afternoon milking can be observed through a large window in our farm shop during opening hours. There is free admission.