To listen and learn from others is one of his favorite things to do when travelling representing VikingGenetics. As our Export Manager, Seppo Niskanen has overseen markets with a large dairy cattle population.
Seppo Niskanen was born on a small dairy farm in the countryside in Kuhmo in Finland. It was during that time that his passion and interest in animals began and continued to accompany him throughout his life.
When his parents moved from the farm to the city, his interest in animals did not wane. On the contrary: “I was studying at the horse breeding school, then I decided that I really wanted to make a living out of something with animals, but perhaps not with horses”, he remembers.
In 1997, he earned his degree in Animal Science and Genetics at the University of Helsinki. “I think that the most important thing during my studies was when I was working as an AI technician during the summer, so I was able to see what I was studying first-hand, and I was able to meet a lot of people and cows”.
In 1997, just before his graduation, he started to work for Faba - which joined VikingGenetics in 2010.
The importance of listening
Seppo has very strong social skills that help him to best approach farmers in the markets he operates. Listening, discussing and bringing out customized solutions to specific challenges has opened many international doors to him.
“I can always learn something when I visit farms in Finland, Sweden or Denmark or any of the countries I visit”, he states.
“It's interesting to see, talk and listen to people. I want to hear what kind of problems they have and what kind of happy things they have achieved”, he adds.