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Southern Successes at the Winter Fair 2017
35th National Dairy Show - Report
YMA Showmanship League Finals sponsored by FBD
Ireland to host the EHRC Conference in 2021
Set the date! The European Show 2019
Team Ireland at European Young Breeders School, Belgium
YMA Representing Ireland at HYB Weekend Rally in Co. Antrim

RUAS – Winter Fair 2017

A quick look at the success of southern breeders at the RUAS Winter Fair 2017 Lumville Abbey, who was recently sold from the herd of Richard Whelan came first and was awarded best udder in her class. She is now owned by Martin and Cyril Millar of Coleraine.  

National Dairy Show, Millstreet 2017 – Report

Homebred cow families with an International flavour dominate at the National Dairy Show! The 35th National Dairy Show at the Green Glens Arena, Millstreet was a resounding success amidst weather upheaval during the preceding days most acutely felt in the south west region with storm Ophelia which left many farms without electricity for many days. […]

Bluetongue Information – UPDATED November 2017

Background Bluetongue is a viral disease of ruminant animals (e.g. cattle, sheep, goats, deer) and camelids and is primarily transmitted by midges (Culicoides species). 90-95% of the midge species in Ireland are capable of transmitting bluetongue. In Ireland the period of midge activity and therefore potential spread of bluetongue in the event of its introduction […]

YMA Showmanship League Final sponsored by FBD

The Young Members held the final of the Showmanship League on the Friday evening with Judge Ashley Fleming from Northern Ireland doing the honours. This was a great spectacle of young people of ages 12 to 26 showing their mastery of presentation handling and showing skills. The Showmanship League is a novel competition introduced by […]

Wanted – Animals for export to Russia

For further details contact Paul Dillon at 086 8109990. Dave Clarke Livestock are submitting a tender for 300 pedigree registered (3 generations) heifers to be exported to Russia. Heifers will be a minimum of 60 days pregnant when they leave the Irish farm and maximum 150 days pregnant. The dams of the heifers must have minimum 1st […]

Ireland to host EHRC Conference & General Assembly 2021

IHFA President Kathleen Watson and Charles Gallagher CE represented Ireland in Hungary as IHFA was declared the next host of the EHRC Conference and General Assembly in 2021. The host bell was passed to IHFA president Kathleen Watson signifying IHFA as the successful host for the EHRC conference in 2021. Watch this space for further developments. […]

European Show – Libramont 2019

Set the date! The next European Show will take place in Libramont, Belgium on the 12th & 13th of April 2019. For those of you looking to prepare for this, keep your eye on IHFA Facebook and Twitter and also on the official Show website HERE In other European news, IHFA President Kathleen Watson and Charles Gallagher […]

YMA National Calf Show Finals 2017 – Results

Day 1 – Clipping and Handler Classes Handler Champion: Paul Murphy (Cork) Reserve: Diarmuid Murphy (Cork) Hon Mention: Colin Todd (Breffni / Oriel) Clipping 1. Cork (Brian Smith / Kevin Smith) 2. Cork (Stacey O’Sullivan / Sinead O’Sullivan) 3. Breffni / Oriel (Hollie Keenan / Jamie Keenan) Novice A 1. Jennifer Harty – Kerry 2. […]

IHFA Pure Friesian Open Day 2017 at Mountain Pure Friesians

“Better breeding equals breeding better” Dairy farmers from across the country were in attendance at the Mountain Pure Friesian herd, hosts of the IHFA Pure Friesian Open day on the 19th July. The word was out that this was a Pure Friesian herd worth seeing. The herd had successfully competed in the finals of the […]

25th IHFA National Holstein Friesian Open Day – Report

Breeders from across the country flocked to Crossnacole Holsteins in Co. Wicklow for what promised to be an occasion to savour. They certainly were not disappointed. The farm yard layout, the overall presentation, attention to detail and the quality of the cows that would compare with any herd worldwide in a beautiful setting with the […]

Attention to Detail – DNA is Absolute

How to correctly take a hair sample for testing and avoid recalls and additional charges Finally – Check that the tag number of the calf corresponds to the ID No. on the hair card / DNA bag Note: Hairs extracted from other parts of the coat will result in a poor DNA sample! Click here […]


MALE REGISTRATION – CHARGES FROM 1ST JANUARY 2017 BULL REGISTRATION CHARGE REMAINS AT €50. THE CHARGE INCREASES TO €80 WHEN A REPEAT SAMPLE IS REQUIRED Process to verify parentage and Genomic proof: When a BVD sample or HAIR sample is received for parentage verification and genomics, it is first sent to Weatherbys laboratory where the DNA […]

Breed Promotion by IHFA

At a recent meeting of the Board of IHFA, Chief Executive, Charles Gallagher made a presentation on the work being done by IHFA to promote the breed across a number of platforms. The following is a link to his presentation which also includes information on the new Classification Report scheme. Click here to view presentation.

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