Jouni Pitkäranta, Architect (Helsinki University of Technology) 2006
Jouni Pitkäranta graduated from University of Technology in Helsinki in 2006. Even before that He has run his own barn design and architecture office Cowhomes. Jouni Pitkäranta has born and lived his childhood in a dairy farm and did His first barn design, which was built, at 15 years age in 1987.
Jouni Pitkäranta is specialized to dairy, youngstock, and calf barn design especially focused to robotic milking barn design. Jouni Pitkäranta has designed about 600 dairy barns in total mostly in Finland, but also in Sweden, Estonia, Russia, Lithuania, Holland and Germany.
Has got a training from University of Wisconsin (USA) about calf housing and calf barn ventilation in 2013, Licensed calf barn overpressure tube ventilation adviser.
Virpi Kurkela, DMV
Virpi Kurkela graduated from Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Helsinki University in 1999. Since then she has worked as a practicing veterinarian mostly in large animal practice and as a herd health veterinarian.
She started her current work as a herd health veterinarian for an advisory organization ProAgria Oulu in 2011. Her main responsibilities are herd health management of large dairy farms and the development of ProAgria advisory services. An important part of her job is lecturing farmers, advisors, and veterinarians about bovine health and welfare. She also does specialize consulting for robotic farms as a member of ProAgria’s Herd Navigator advisory team.
In 2013 she got a special training from the University of Wisconsin (USA) about calf housing and calf barn ventilation and is a licensed calf barn overpressure tube ventilation adviser.
Virpi’s professional interest is focused on the health and welfare of dairy cows in robotic milking and herd health management in dairy farms. She has a lot of postgraduate education and experience especially in udder health management and influence of barn environment and design on health and production of dairy cows, calves and heifers.
Marjo Posio, M.Sc.(agriculture), animal nutrition (University of Helsinki)
Has lived her childhood in a dairy farm.
- 2009–2011 Farm manager in a beef calf barn for 850 beef calves in Kuivaniemi, Finland
- 2011–2013 Project manager in Milk management –development project, ProAgria Oulu
- 2013– Dairy farm -adviser (specialized to nutrition and production monitoring, SOP – working rules in a dairy barn, udder health and fertility control) ProAgria Oulu
Has developed and worked together with Jouni Pitkäranta in an international robot barn labour efficiency project monitoring robot barn performance in numerous barns in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Holland, and the United States.
Has got a training from University of Wisconsin (USA) about calf housing and calf barn ventilation in 2013, Licenced calf barn overpressure tube ventilation adviser.
Virpi Huotari, M.Sc.(agriculture) (University of Helsinki)
Virpi is an experienced Chief Executive officer (CEO) with a demonstrated history of working in the food production industry and consulting. Strong business development professional skilled in coaching, entrepreneurship, business development, and strategy.
She has worked 14 years as a development and service manager in the advisory center. Her responsibilities included managing advisory services to the dairy farms, leading team of advisors (10 - 45 persons), developing new services for the large dairy farms.
"4th D in our company name means the fourth dimension, which is human - a manager or an employee. My Specialities are leadership in the farm and LEAN, human resources and coaching managers and employees."
Jouni Pitkäranta, +358 400 166 058
Virpi Huotari, +358 400 786 933
Virpi Kurkela, + 358 40 519 2283