The Herd of the Year award in Finland was given to Iskola Farm this autumn. The farm has a long history of cooperation in terms of breeding with VikingGenetics. The farm does systematic genomic tests on all heifers, uses VikingGenetics’ sires and undertakes embryo flushing as well.
Iskola farm is owned by Jari Luukkonen and Pertti Savolainen from Sonkajärvi and Neliapila farm from Vierema. This joint venture project was started when they calculated that by combining the herds, the price per litre of milk produced could be reduced and efficiency increased. The managing director is Tuomo Kauppinen, and the board meets a few times a year to decide on the farm's most important policies.
The new barn for 550 dairy cows was completed in 2011 and is one of the largest barns in Finland. The heifers have 130 hectares of biotope pasture, with about 900 hectares of other arable land. There are eight milking robots in use.