Hielke Wiersma is in charge of the development of our crossbreeding concepts as the new Product Manager for VikingCross.
Hielke is 33 years old and was born in a family farm in Friesland in the Netherlands. His parents Johannes and Wietske had 50 head cows, but since the Netherlands does not have an extensive agricultural area, they decided to move to Denmark to breed the cows they wanted. “They were evaluating Canada, but Denmark came up and they chose it since it is closer to the Netherlands”, Hielke says.
His parents, Hielke and his three brothers came to Denmark when he was seven years old. He grew up surrounded by cows, heifers and calves. Their parents had 250 cows. “Breeding has always fascinated me”, he says and recalls a time when he felt so proud to have bought his own calf from his father, at only nine years old.
The family were interested in shows, but as Hielke grow up he also saw the importance of a commercial cow. He decided to follow his dream to work in the cattle breeding sector, and in 2008 he started work as a breeding advisor in VikingDanmark where he also got the opportunity to continue with his studies.