Isn’t a cow just a cow? And a hen simply a hen? No – that is really not the case! At Fredriksdal there are animals of native breeds that no longer have a natural role in contemporary farming and therefore are at risk of extinction. These are rare animals, from cows and horses to pigs and lambs. The native breeds have unique genes and qualities that are perhaps not of any great benefit to today’s modern production but that can play an important role in the future. There’s a haven for them at Fredriksdal, where they help to develop pasturelands and meadows.
A horned breed of cattle that once was common in southern Sweden. They are usually white and brown or white and black although one-coloured animals also occur.
Today’s Värmland sheep originate from a unique stock of sheep from the province of Värmland. They belong to a group of sheep that used to be called “forest sheep” but…
North Swedish Horse
The North Swedish Horse (Nordsvensk brukshäst) is a medium-sized cold-blood breed originating from the Swedish landrace horse. It is lighter and more agile than many other cold-blood breeds.
Powerful and muscular, with a strong, broad back, most people recognize Ardennes at first glance.
The Linderöd pig is a relatively unaltered relic of an older Swedish native breed and originates from an area of Skåne.
Goats used to be common in south-Swedish forest lands, where they were easier to obtain and to keep than cows. The goats provided meat and milk, horn and hair for…
The Åsbo hen is a pretty little native breed that originates from the forest lands of northern Skåne and Småland, where it used to be very common.
Swedish Flower hen
A robust breed from the plains of Skåne. Each feather has a white tip. Although it is unusual, some individuals may have a crest on their head.