Larson is not only the Senior Breeding Manager for VikingJersey. He is also one of the leading experts on Jersey cows in the world. But things could have turned out very differently if it hadn't been for Larson’s determination to follow his heart.
“I thought I was going to be a school teacher,” Larson says. “But I kept talking about Jersey cows everywhere I went and one day, one of my school mates at teacher training college said: “Are you sure that you are in the right place?” Larson realised that he wasn’t. “I missed working in cattle breeding,” he adds.
He grew up on a farm in Hammel, Denmark, not far from the VikingGenetics head office in Assentoft. His parents and grandparents bred Jersey cows, but in high school, the last things Peter wanted to do was work with cattle after spending all his spare time in barns.
“After that remark from my school mate, though, I realised that I needed to pursue my passion, so I moved to Copenhagen,” Larson says.
The move from the countryside to Copenhagen was a big one for Larson. But his studies at the Veterinarian and Agricultural University paid off and the rest is, as they say, history. Global Jersey history.