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Managing director and herd manager Tonis Jairus wants to
develop the herd with two breeds. “Both breeds are good and
work well. We keep both breeds together in the same groups,
so it can make for some challenges now and again with feeding
systems,” he says.
The farm has three different barns, built in different years
and each new barn has been an improvement on the previous
one. “Animal welfare is important for us,” Jairus says. “The
calves have to get enough milk to grow well and be good cows
in the future. Plus, the cows have to have enough space to lie
down in the barn and cubicles,” he adds.
The main breeding goals are high production, good health
and conformation. Feet and legs must be good enough such
that the cows can produce enough. Jairus has plenty of plans.
They want to use sexed semen to get more heifers for sale, and
to start using embryos to improve the herd level.
VH Monty P daughters show their polledness at Härjanurme farm.
VikingAcademy
– Sustainable Genetics for the Future
T
he 5th VikingAcademy was held in Tuusula,
Finland 23.-25.9.2019. This is a bi-annual
event held for our distributors around the
world and this time we had participants from 14
different countries. The topic for the conference
was “Sustainable Genetics for The Future”.
The Viking family meeting up at the 5th VikingAcademy.
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