Emerald Expo 2019 & Expo Express
44th Premier Bull Show and Sale - Report
IHFA Recommended Bulls
Bluetongue - Protect Your Herd
Dairy Nutrition - The Facts
All Ireland Awards 2018
YMA Awards 2018
IHFA Student Bursary
UCD Lyons Research Farm - Update
New Look EU Pedigree Certificate
Protect Your Herd Pedigree Status

YMA Team success at the European Holstein Show 2019

YMA members Rachel Corley from the Breffni Oriel club and Claire Kirby from the Cork club were selected to represent Ireland. This is a prestigious honour, to be chosen from their peers of Young Breeders Nationally to go on to compete against the very best from the Continent. Rachel and Claire made the journey to […]

Emerald Expo 2019 & Expo Express Sale

Emerald Expo is set to take place in the Virginia Show Centre, Co. Cavan on Saturday 27th of April. This landmark show, now in its ninth year, kick starts the showing season in the agricultural calendar. As the first dairy cattle show of the year, Emerald Expo offers classes catering for handlers, all dairy cattle […]

Emerald Expo 2019 – Gearing up for the Show

Emerald Expo 2019 will be held at the Virginia Show Centre on Saturday 27th of April. Breeders from all over Ireland are will participate on the day. Generally, showing is a family affair. We speak to one such family about farming life and showing. Drumshanny Herd Trevor and Lynne Williamson & family Red and White […]

44th IHFA Premier Bull Show & Sale

32 Bulls forward on the day with 56% clearance rate and average price of €3,173 A warm, sunny late-March day was the backdrop to the 44th Irish Holstein Friesian Association Premier Bull Show and Sale. 32 bulls of quality were forward on the day and the catalogue offered broad selection to suit diverse farming systems. […]

IHFA Recommended Bulls – Updates

From now on, Bull Proofs will be published more frequently at six times per year, up from three times a year previously. From this data, we will publish two lists focusing on 


Get the facts – protect your herd There is currently a threat of a bluetongue incursion into Ireland. No single risk mitigation measure can cover all possibilities. Both national and stakeholder risk mitigation measures need to be in place. How does is spread? The following image explains the spread of bluetongue from vector midge bites. […]

Emerald Expo 2019 – Entries

Entries are now open for Emerald Expo 2019. Expo 2019 will be held again in the Virginia Show Centre, Virginia, Co. Cavan. Download the Prize Schedule for details of three handling classes, 21 cattle classes and five championships. Entry forms must be completed and signed along with a new Exhibitor’s Agreement. An extract of showing […]

Dairy Nutrition – Zoe Kavanagh, CEO, National Dairy Council

We would like to thank Zoe Kavanagh, CEO of the National Dairy Council for permission to republish these slides from her recent presentation at the IHFA Awards Night. It proved a very positive and informative presentation and was very encouraging for those in attendance. The National Dairy Council have developed an app outlining the benefits […]

IHFA Awards Night

The IHFA Awards Night took place at the Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise, Co. Laois on Friday 25th of January. This year the awards were presented by the Chief Executive of the National Dairy Council, Zoe Kavanagh. Among the awards presented were the All Ireland Awards for 2018, covering ten classes; the IHFA Gold and Diamond Awards; […]

IHFA Student Bursary

The inaugural IHFA Student Bursary was presented to Liam Brophy. Liam Brophy is a student of Gurteen College. He is currently in his final year of study there. The IHFA Student Bursary is awarded based on a combination of a student’s class project, IHFA assignment and an interview. Expansion of the dairy herd at Gurteen […]

UCD Lyons Research Farm – Latest Update

 The development of a high-output grass-based spring milk production system  From a recent presentation by Finbar Mulligan, Associate Professor at UCD. Note: Each slide runs for 10 seconds. If more time is needed to read the slide content, press the pause button. Alternately, download the presentation in PDF format HERE.

New Look EU Pedigree Certificate

Based on new EU Animal Breeding Regulation (Regulation 2016/1012) which came into effect on the 1st Nov 2018, IHFA have had to adjust the layout of the Pedigree Cert to be compliant with the new standards. A derogation was granted by DAFM to maintain the cert in landscape format. Animals for export: A portrait format […]

Ag Colleges Visit UCD Lyons Facility

IHFA arranged a dedicated one day visit of the UCD Lyons dairy research unit specifically for the Agricultural colleges. IHFA invited all the colleges to be involved and over 100 final year Dairying students attended on the day. The visit took place on May 1st and the programme was divided into two sessions to cater […]

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Events Calendar

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Sat 20

Ballyboy Dispersal Sale

April 20 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Sat 20

Kerry Club Annual Bull Show & Sale

April 20 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sat 27