VIP guests from Russia visited VikingGenetics in Finland  

On the 10th of November our bull station in Hollola, Finland hosted special visitors from Russia. The Russian dairy farming delegation was in Finland to learn more of the Finnish dairy production and know more of the VikingGenetics’ expertise in cattle breeding. The delegation came from the Omsk region in Siberia. Omsk city is located in southwestern Siberia with a population of over one million and it is the seventh largest city in Russia.

The delegation was led by Mr. Maksim Chekusov, who is the Minister of Agriculture and Food of the Omsk Region and Mr. Aleksandr Kurzanov, the deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food of the Omsk Region. Other members of the delegation were dairy farm managers and milk processing factory managers.

From left: Mikko Säynäjärvi, Aleksandr Kurzanov, Olga Smirnova and Maksim Chekusov
The aim of the visit was to study the expertise of the Finnish dairy sector. One of the main topics for discussions was the Nordic philosophy of cattle breeding; the strong focus on breeding for health. The climate in Siberia is rough and it demands a lot from the dairy cattle to survive and thrive there. The delegation was impressed by the work VikingGenetics does and the strong genetics it has to offer. 

Tour of the production facilities 

The delegation was shown the semen production process and the facilities in Hollola bull station. The tour was led by Mikko Säynäjärvi from Faba marketing and Olga Smirnova, who is VikingGenetics’ export manager for Russia.  Mikko explained the whole work process from semen collection to the packing and shipping of semen, and gave a tour around the lab facilities. The visitors were very interested to hear details of the semen production. Station vet, Henri Simonen was also there to answer questions about embryo production. 

After the production tour, the visitors got a comprehensive presentation of VikingGenetics’ breeding goals and operations around the world. The visitors were very impressed by all and learned a lot of the Nordic standards for cattle breeding. 

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