Norwegian Red

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SAM_1551Here are some fine calfs I met the other day. They belong to a breed called Norwegian Red (Norsk rødt fe), which is a breed of dairy cattle developed in Norway. It has a red and white or black coat. Norwegian Reds are noted for their hardiness and the richness of their milk.

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SAM_160298% of the Norwegian national herd belong to this designation. And so these kind of cows can be used in marketing of diary products which are supposed to be typical Norwegian. As for example the milk chocolate wafer biscuit bar called Kvikk Lunsj (first made in 1937), a copy of the British Kit Kat (1935). (So much for national originality …).

Freia_MKL_Kuogkalv_522x3652_webStatistics tell us Norwegians eat 9 Kvikk Lunsjes a year, three of these gets eaten at Easter – when Kvikk Lunsj & oranges are obligatory sack lunch when skiing.


10 Comments Add yours

  1. Dina says:

    What a witty and truly lovely post! I love Kvikk Lunsj and the red cows, of course.
    Ha en god helg! 🙂
    Klem, Dina

    1. Sigrun says:

      Takk det samme!

  2. Arti says:

    As a chocoholic I love to try those Kvikk Lunsj. But don’t think they’ll come here to Cowtown soon. Yes, we’re the Stampede City, which hosts the annual Calgary Stampede. So, glad you introduce your Norwegian breed. I’m not so much struck by the red than the green. It’s wonderful to have green grass still at this time of year. Your last photo is more like what we’re having.

    1. Sigrun says:

      wow! Wikipedia tells me Calgary Stampede is “The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” – .
      Kvikk Lunsj is actually better than Kit Kat, I think there must be more chocolate in it 🙂
      Green, absolutely, still green around here. Green and wet! And I still have some blooming Pelargoniums on my porch.

  3. Harold Rhenisch says:

    I love your calves, a lot. Whenever we travel, we stop at almost every cow, so my wife can take pictures. You can take a Danish farming family out of Denmark, but you can’t take the cow out of their hearts, it seems. I adore your skiing cow. She is beautiful!

    1. Sigrun says:

      Yes, they are rather good looking, aren’t they?!
      What I like about this breed is that it doesn’t get very fat (I assume this is better for the animals), they are “developed” for producing milk not mainly for meat, the result is a more defined body.

  4. jane tims says:

    Cows need recognition because of their role in providing milk chocolate to the world!!! Nice colour! jane

    1. Sigrun says:

      Absolutely, and what would a latte have been without milk??????? (oh, I know the answer to this one: some kind of healthy soy drink …)…But I side with the cows in this matter; espresso and steamed milk it is!

  5. Jen says:

    That’s crazy, no wonder my husband brought kitkat’s along when we skiid. I had NO IDEA it is tradition ! (He probably doesn’t either, but maybe subliminal adverts got through?) I would LOVE to try the Kvikk Lunsj & kitkats of the bygone era of 1935 , I bet they were far less sweet is my guess.

    1. Sigrun says:

      haven’t thought about sweetness, but you’re probably right.

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