Minna and Kari Herranen from Kiuruvesi, in Finland, emphasize trust as a keyword when they talk about the advances of their herd.
"With us, time is limited, and you have to trust others to do certain tasks. Everything is then based on reliability”, says Kari Herranen. The Herranen family's breeding goals have been, and still are very clear: a healthy, strong, sustainable cow that works well on the robots.
For this goal, they have worked closely to Faba (one of VikingGenetics owners and distributors); this trust has been converted into benefits for this family farm. There are now 35 cows which production has risen 100,000 kg ECM in the barn and there are several cows that milk 15-16,000 kg per year.
The Herranen family has good tools to plan the breeding work and develop the herd and production. In addition to the breeding plan, the farm also performs genomic tests on all the heifers.
They received about forty flushed, pregnant heifers from the core Asmo herd between 2009 and 2011. They want the cows to be long-lasting so that the need for replacement is kept small.
"The goal was to improve the animal material in the herd and then quite a lot of flushes and embryo transfers were also carried out in our herd. Nowadays, we make about five transfers a year."