VikingNews Global 2-2019 FINAL - Page 16



Herd of the Year Finland
Solid confidence
in VikingGenetics
is paying off
Hannu Paananen’s and Mia Ikäheimo’s Kaunisto Farm
in Keitele was selected as the 2019 VikingGenetics
Herd of the Year in Finland.
By Johanna Aro, Breeding Specialist
T
his is the first time VikingGenetics has chosen the
VikingGenetics herd of the year in Finland. Criteria for
the title include good genetics and a focus on the
future. Managed by Hannu Paananen and Mia Ikäheimo,
Kaunisto Farm is an expanding, evolving farm with high index
females, embryo transfers and flushes. They also sell animals
for the VikingGenetics breeding programme. Our VikingHolstein
bull VH Lol is from Kaunisto farm.
Mia and Hannu say this is the busiest years of their lives.
On the day of the interview, an excavator is working behind the
barn. The day before, the second sileage cut was harvested.
“Milk production is our thing, and we want to invest in it, of
course, but without forgetting to spend quality time with our
two children,” says Mia.
Kaunisto farm passed to Hannu from his parents 23 years
ago. Mia previously worked as a seminologist and transferred
embryos. When it comes to dividing the labour, the couple work
on the principle that they should both be able to do everything,
although they do play to their individual strengths. Due to her
background in Artificial Insemination (AI), Mia tends to manage
heat monitoring, fertility issues and breeding. She inseminates
the heifers and cows and they have their own semen tank in use
at the farm. Hannu takes care of forestry work and most of the
heavy machinery work and feeding. A third employee comes
every other week and mainly concentrates on barn work.
Three cornerstones of business
Mia and Hannu see three things as key to their dairy business.
Investments need to be carefully considered. The low price of
milk encourages keeping a close eye on costs. For example,
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vikingnews | November 2019
Hannu Paananen, Mia Ikäheimo and their two children.

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