National Hall of Fame Award 2016
Hallow Advent Twizzle 3 ET Reigns Supreme at Emerald Expo 2016
Positive Holstein Friesian Genetic Trends Emerge - Teagasc Conference
Profiling the Kerry Club President and Vice-President after the Club's 40th Celebrations
Your Genomic Queries Answered
On Farm Use of Genomics by Dr. Alan Fahy, UCD
YMA Awards 2015
Herd Profiles - Top IHFA Herds on EBI
Dry and transition cow nutrition for the grazing Irish dairy herd
President's Medal 2015
IHFA Premier Bull Show & Sale 2016
All Ireland Awards 2015


The IHFA AGM 2016 took place at the Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork on Tuesday 10th of May. Alec Bryan of the Cork Club took up the mantel of IHFA President and Kathleen Watson, Slaney Club, the President-Elect.

National Hall of Fame Award 2016

Congratulations to Mary Rafferty of the Breffni Oriel Club on being presented with the National Hall of Fame Award, 2016

Hallow Advent Twizzle Reigns Supreme at Emerald Expo 2016

Highly successful First Show of the Year, held in the Virginia Show Centre The skies overflowed with rain on the morning of the Show in stark contrast to the sunny conditions of previous days resulting in the judging ring being moved indoors within the Virginia Showgrounds Centre. For exhibitors, and spectators alike it proved a […]

Women in Farming – Haesel Dickson

Cornskye Herd of Pedigree Registered Holstein Friesians forges ahead with the father and daughter partnership of Tom & Haesel Dickson. Within the Holstein Friesian community Haesel and Tom are recognised as a double-act with both keen onlookers and participants at various club activities and open days and attending various Breeders sales. Haesel is ever-committed to […]

Profiling the Top EBI IHFA Herds

Six out of the top 10 herds for EBI Nationally are Pedigree Registered IHFA Herds. In recognition of this positive achievement for the breed, we profile these top herds. For the full report, CLICK HERE

Pat Flynn – Coolmohan hosts Pure Friesian Open Day 2016

The Irish Pure Friesian Club Open Day 2016 will be hosted by Pat & Nora Flynn and family “Coolmohan” herd, Araglin, Kilworth, Co. Cork. The “Coolmohan” herd has garnered a strong profile in recent times with National recognition in attaining No. 1 position for EBI three years in a row. Pat and Nora work as […]

Profiling the President and Vice-President of the Kerry Club Following their 40th Anniversary Year

Ballylongane Herd Profile – President Maurice Harty, Ballyheigue, Co. Kerry  I farm with my wife Geraldine, daughter Aisling and sons Muiris and Gearóid. My parents Martin and Ita still have a keen interest in proceedings. We currently milk 82 Pedigree Registered Holstein Friesian cows in a split calving system. In 1969 my father Martin purchased two […]

Your Genomic Queries Answered

An interview with Professor Donagh Berry, Statistical Geneticist, Animal and Grassland Research & Innovation Centre, Teagasc Moorepark Genomics is the latest breeding tool adopted by dairy farmers! Explain the science of Genomics? Genomics is just a fancy word for “DNA”. DNA is the building blocks of life and it is therefore DNA, in combination with management (e.g., feeding), […]

Teagasc National Dairy Conference – Positive HF Genetic Trends Emerge

Recent analysis of data of 10,470 dairy herds from commercial dairy farms which included Holstein Friesian, Jersey and Cross bred cows was presented by Dr. Andrew Cromie ICBF, Prof. Donagh Berry and Dr. Frank Buckley, Moorpark, at the Teagasc National Dairy Conference in December 2015. “The rate of Genetic Gain in the Holstein Friesian outweighs […]

On Farm Use of Genomics – Using a Winning Team by Dr Alan Fahy, UCD

Genomic selection (GS) offers the Irish dairy farmer the potential to accelerate genetic gain in his herd. However in the Genomic Era it is as important as ever to remember the fundamentals of bull selection. Just because a bull has a Genomic proof does not mean that the EBI value of that bull is his […]

Dry and transition cow nutrition for the grazing Irish dairy herd

by Dr Finbar Mulligan and Catherine Carty MVB – School of Veterinary Medicine, UCD The period directly before and directly after calving is a critical period for the health and welfare of the dairy cow Read more HERE and the full report can be found HERE. Originally presented for the Grassland Association at their annual conference, […]

IHFA Premier Bull Show & Sale 2016


RDS Champions of Champions 2016

The Champion of Champion awards was an initial pilot project estab-lished with IHFA in 2006 but has now grown to include all the beef  and sheep breeds. It also has a Genetic Merit Award. Livestock improvement and excel-lence in breeding which is transferred to commercial success is the purpose of the project.Dr. Karina Pierce UCD […]

RDS Genetic Merit Award 2016

RDS Genetic Merit Award – Beesimon HZO Avaleen Noel Beecher, Ballymacsimon, Castlelyons, Co. Cork was presented with the Genetic Merit award 2015 for Beesimon HZO Avaleen in recognition for her performance and credentials; Lifetime production to date of 66,286 kgs Milk, 4869 kgs Milk Solids averaging 3.54 % Fat and 3.80 % Protein. With an […]

All Ireland Awards 2015

For the complete photographic list of winners, CLICK HERE CLASS 1 ALL IRELAND HEIFER BORN AFTER 1ST DEC 2014 1. Dellview Snow Angel Gordon Kingston, Kilmotlerane, Ballinscarthy, Co. Cork 2. Cahirmee Dy Perfection Patrick Smith, Cahirmee Hse, Doneraile, Co. Cork 3. Portvale Atwood Vicky Clayton Coulter, Portinaghy, Emyvale, Co. Monaghan CLASS 2 ALL IRELAND HEIFER […]

YMA Showmanship League Final 2015 Sponsored by ESB Networks

The Young Members (YMA) Showmanship League is a major highlight where the skill of the young members in showcasing their quality stock is brought to the fore. Over the summer months Young Members from across the country have showcased their stockmanship skills at various shows ranging from West Cork to Tydavnet in north county Monaghan […]

European Judging School

Congratulations to Garry Hurley of Clonpaddin and Victor Jackson of Crossnacole for coming 2nd and 4th respectively overall at the European Judging School. Over 60 participants competed at the Harmonisation of European Judging Conference in Hungary from September 1st to 3rd.

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Mon 30

Slaney Club Field Evening & Stockjudging

May 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue 31

Kildare Field Evening

May 31 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm