The VikingGenetics Herd of the Year 2021 farm in Finland is the Kotirinne farm in Sysmä, owned by Miina Kuusimo-Rinne and Pasi Rinne. They won due to their good production level, enthusiasm for breeding and animals provided for the VikingGenetics breeding programs. Their enthusiasm for breeding is manifested through numerous embryo flushes and embryo transfers. The farm serves as a recipient herd for VikingGenetics embryos.
The Kotirinne farm was passed on to Pasi from his parents in 1990. His parents originally had 12 cows, but soon Pasi bought a neighboring farm that could hold 22 milking cows. In 1998, Miina joined Pasi on the farm, and together the couple began to expand the farm. A new barn was built in 1999 and then in 2009 it was extended to its current size. The farm has a total of 120 hectares of land.
Miina and Pasi have 120 milking cows and 60 heifers in their barn. Most of the herd is VikingRed, but the goal is to have approximately half VikingHolstein and half VikingRed. They also have one VikingJersey cow in the barn. Miina’s favorite breed is VikingHolstein. She feels that they are nice and calm, they have good yield and are just as healthy as their VikingReds.