Antti Herlin, Finnish business tycoon and owner of Thorsvik Manor, is keen to emphasise what is ultimately the most important aspect of breeding beef cattle.
Taste is the key element in Hereford beef production
Hereford breeder Antti Herlin
is hosting a World Hereford Conference pretour visit on 22 June in his
Herlin is owner of Thorsvik Manor in Kirkkonummi, a small rural community just to the west of Helsinki.
When our family returned here in February 1956, all the wooden buildings had been destroyed and snow covered the floors of the main building," Herlin
Antti Herlin served as CEO of KONE Corporation, one of the world's leading elevator and escalator companies, from 1996 to 2006, and he is still the main shareholder of the company.
He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of both KONE and the Confederation of Finnish Industries (EK).
As a young man Antti Herlin
travelled to the USA to study animal science.
subsequently applied this knowledge to the farm's Hereford cattle.
has participated previously in the World Hereford Conference in Spain, South Africa, the USA and Argentina.
One of the most important lessons that Antti Herlin
learned in the USA was the attitude towards work.
admits that he
has always been very partial to Valtra tractors.
company KONE Corporation
even owned Valtra
for a short period in 2002 and 2003.
"When I was young I drove a Valmet 502, which was a really good and agile tractor, and a Valmet 903, which I guess had too much power for its transmission.
We now have a Valtra T160, a Valtra 6550 and a 30-year-old Valmet-Cafeeiro that was made in Brazil.
My father in fact bought it new from Brazil with the help of the managing director of Valmet
at the time; he
couldn't find any other tractor that would fit inside our old barn.
Work safety officials later made us fit a safety cab, after which it no longer fit inside the building," Herlin
Tiina and Antti Herlin
are hosting a World Hereford Conference pretour visit on 22 June.
will also chair the conference in Copenhagen from 29 June to 1 July.