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Animal breeding

  • Permit or other obligation
  • Nationwide except the Åland Islands
  • Public service

Animal breeding

We are the competent authority for approving selective breeding facilities such as stud farms.

About approvals

In what circumstances do I need approval from a Regional State Administrative Agency?

You need approval to

  • collect or process animal semen or embryos,
  • produce embryos by means of in-vitro fertilisation, or
  • store semen or embryos, barring some exceptions.

Approval is required in respect of the following species of animals:

  • horses
  • cows
  • pigs
  • sheep
  • goats.

Examples of facilities and operations that need to be approved by us:

  • horse stud farms
  • boar stud farms
  • bull stud farms
  • ram stud farms
  • storage and dispatch of bovine semen
  • embryo collection teams
  • embryo production teams.

In what circumstances is approval not required?

You do not need approval, for example, to

inseminate your own animals with semen collected on your farm or

inseminate mares on a stud farm with semen brought from elsewhere.

You do not need separate approval to store semen if

the semen is stored in an approved semen collection centre such as a stud farm,

the semen was ordered to be used on a stud farm and is stored there until needed, or

the semen is stored in preparation for dispatching it to be used to inseminate horses in Finland.

Do the following

Instructions 1, 2 and 4 applies for all approvals listed below

  1. Familiarise yourself with the legal requirements.
  2. Make sure that you have access to
  • a veterinarian at the stud farm and
  • other competent staff.

3. Send your application to the registry of your nearest Regional State

Administrative Agency.

Your application must include at least the following information:

  • contact information for yourself and your stud farm/

semen collection centre

  • your business ID
  • a description of your semen collection operation
  • evidence of compliance with the criteria for approval
  • written consent from the centre veterinarian
  • information about your staff’s competence and qualifications

layout of your stud farm / semen collection centre showing the

locations of key operations.

How do I seek approval for a horse stud farm?

Domestic operations

Stud farms that collect horse semen to sell in Finland:

See instructions 1 to 4 above

  • Fill in the application form and send it along with your supporting documents

Horse semen to be delivered in the EU area

Stud farms that collect horse semen to sell across the EU:

See instructions 1 to 4 above

How do I seek approval for a semen collection centre specialising in other farm animal species?

See instructions 1 to 4 above

How do I seek approval for embryo collection and production teams?

See instructions 1 to 4 above

In addition to instructions above Your application must include at least the following information:

  • contact information for the members of the team
  • contact information for the team’s place of work (especially in the case of production teams)
  • a description of the operation
  • evidence of compliance with the criteria for approval
  • information about your staff’s competence and qualifications
  • whether you are applying for domestic or international approval
  • layout of your premises showing the locations of key operations.

How do I seek approval for a semen storage centre?

See instructions 1 to 4 above

In addition to instructions above

  • Make sure that you have access to
  • a designated veterinarian to prevent the spread of animal diseases and
  • enough other competent and experienced staff
  • written consent from the designated veterinarian
  • layout of your premises.

To whom and on what terms

What are the rules for storing embryos and semen of farm animals?

Embryos can be stored

  • on the premises of embryo production teams,
  • on the premises of embryo collection teams,
  • in approved semen collection centres, and
  • in approved semen storage centres.

You can only seek approval for an embryo production team if you already have an approved embryo collection team.

Semen can be stored

  • in approved semen collection centres, and
  • in approved semen storage centres, and
  • on the premises of approved embryo production teams.
  • In deviation from the above, semen and embryos can be stored on a farm in preparation for using them to artificially inseminate the farmer’s own animals.

You can also store semen in preparation for dispatching it to be used to inseminate horses in Finland.

A fee is charged for the service.

Basic information

The service is provided byRegional State Administrative Agency
Responsible for the serviceRegional State Administrative Agency
Area Whole Finland (except Åland)
Available languagesFinnish, Swedish, English
Text edited by: Regional State Administrative Agency
Updated: 5/5/2021