VikingGenetics' Foundation

OUR OWNERS

20,000 cattle breeders in Denmark, Sweden and Finland are our foundation

The owners of VikingGenetics – the cattle breeders in Sweden, Denmark and Finland – play an important role in the definition of the breeding goal in cooperation with the breeding management and researchers. VikingDanmark, Växa Sverige and Faba in Finland, meaning that app. 20,000 farmers are members, and own VikingGenetics.  The secret behind the Nordic farmers’ success is their willingness to register all traits including health, and they have been doing it since the 80's.  No other country in the world has the same tradition as we have and therefore the Nordic health profile is unique.

VikingGenetics was established when the two Nordic cooperatively owned AI-companies, Svensk Avel and Dansire merged in 2008, and in 2010 the Finnish cooperative Faba joined. Before that, each country had worked on their own, but with the same goal - a productive and healthy cow. The reason for merging was to get a more efficient breeding programme with more cows and to share costs for research and sales organisation. The commitment to registration of diseases and breeding for a balance between production and health was very similar in the three Nordic countries, which made the merger possible. VikingGenetics has been build on decades of expertise in cattle breeding by its founding partners. 

Our strong cooperative values in combination with a commercial mindset, make us prepared for the future where we strongly believe that health traits will play an even more important role together with a sustainable breeding goal. VikingGenetics produces high quality genetics, with a balance between milk production and health traits, to make life easier for dairy farmers around the world. Sustainability is our focus both from a dairyman's point of view as well as for the environment. Research and development is an important part of our culture to always strive going forward.

Board of directors

VikingGenetics board of directors have been elected to represent the interest of more than 20,000 dairy and beef farmers in Sweden, Finland and Denmark. Two delegates from dairy and beef farmers from Sweden, two from Finland and four from Denmark integrate VikingGenetics Board of Directors. 

The Chairman of the Board is Lars-Inge Gunnarsson who together with the rest of the delegates and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of VikingGenetics leads the vision, mission and strategy of VikingGenetics. The Board of Directors strive for better conditions for the members of the three cooperatives that integrate VikingGenetics: Växa in Sweden, Faba in Finland and VikingDenmark in Denmark. They also aim for wellbeing for the employees at VikingGenetics in the home markets and abroad, where VikingGenetics has subsidiaries in Australia and United Kingdom.
VikingGenetics Board
Anders Levring - Hagenbjerggaard, Denmark - 450 VikingJersey
Board member
Andreas Johansson - Heisala, Finland - 65 VikingRed, VikingHolstein and VikingJersey
Board member
Anna Lappalainen - Lappala, Finland - 240 VikingHolstein
Vice Chairman of the Board
Casper Pedersen - Tronsmark, Denmark - 150 VikingHolstein
Vice Chairman of the Board
Lars-Inge Gunnarsson - Shottorps Säteri, Sweden - 750 cows, 80% VikingHolstein
Chairman of the Board
Morten Hollensen
Breeding Specialist
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Peder Jakobsen
Board member
Per Johan Svensson - S. Fågelholm, Sweden - 200 VikingRed
Board member
Vagn Kristensen
Board member

Breed Committees

All our breeds have their own breed committees that watch over the development of the breeds and help our owner companies and us maintain the the sustainable breeding goal. Here are the members of the breed committees. 

VikingHolstein Committee members: 

Anki Sandin
Anna Lappalainen
Anna-Karin Aaby-Ericsson
Casper Pedersen
Erik H. Wiltink
Flemming Petersen
Henrik Johansson
Jari Loponen
Kaj Frederikson
Kristian Nielsen
Martin Alstrup Kristensen
Thomas Andreasen
Vagn Kristensen

Senior Breeding Manager: Claus Langdahl
Breeding Manager: Suvi Johansson


VikingRed Committee members: 

Andreas Johansson
Heli Ahonen
Janne Pietikäinen
Johanna Tanni
Katri Karvinen
Kjeld Christensen
Lars Iversen
Morten Hansen
Per-Johan Svensson
Robert Albertsson
Thomas Åkerlund
Viktoria Wahlberg

Senior Breeding Manager: Jakob Voergaard


VikingJersey Committee members: 

Andreas Larson
Bent Olesen
Dan Dotes
Jesper Bang
Niels Ulrik Andersen
Niels Erik Nilsson
Ole Sørensen
Per Ådne Skårland
Stephane Richard
John Whitby

Senior Breeding Manager: Peter Larson


VikingBeef Committee members: 

Joel Puhakainen
Jørgen Larsen
Lennart Andersson
Lennart Nilsson
Mogens Hansen
Sanna Ahonen

Breeding Manager: Maiju Pesonen


The owners of VikingGenetics – the cattle breeders in Sweden, Denmark and Finland – play an important role in the definition of the breeding goal in cooperation with the breeding management and researchers. VikingDanmark, Växa Sverige and Faba in Finland, meaning that app. 20,000 farmers are members, and own VikingGenetics.  The secret behind the Nordic farmers’ success is their willingness to register all traits including health, and they have been doing it since the 80's.  No other country in the world has the same tradition as we have and therefore the Nordic health profile is unique.