Enter Now - 44th Premier Bull Show & Sale
Dairy Nutrition - The Facts
All Ireland Awards 2018
YMA Awards 2018
Gold and Diamond Awards 2018
IHFA Student Bursary
What's On - 2019
Herd Profile - Knowthfarm Herd
Herd Profile - Ballyroberts Herd
UCD Lyons Research Farm - Update
New Look EU Pedigree Certificate
100 Agriculture Students Visit UCD Lyons Facility
Protect Your Herd Pedigree Status

Call for Entries – IHFA Premier Bull Show and Sale 2019

Call for Entries Entries are now open for the IHFA Premier Bull Show and Sale. This is the 44th annual Show and Sale and will be held and Nenagh Livestock Mart.  Bulls will qualify based on Production and Conformation criteria prior to pre-sale inspection. Bulls will be judged in classes categorised by age. Each class […]

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 […]

YMA Awards 2018

Presidents Medal The winner of the Presidents Medal 2018 is Doireann Mulhall, Carlow Kilkenny Club. This award is at the discretion of IHFA President following interview with the candidates. Doireann was nominated by the Carlow Kilkenny Club of which she is a distinguished member with tremendous service over many years of active involvement. Doireann is […]

All Ireland Awards 2018 – Award Recipients

There was great interest again this year in the All Ireland Awards Competition introduced in 2010. We received 76 nominations in total. The competition is going from strength to strength and is a real talking point amongst breeders. Again we had strong representation from the Irish Pure Friesians. I wish to thank all competitors who […]

Gold and Diamond Awards 2018

The Gold Award, issued by IHFA, is for a standard of achievement in the year a registered Holstein Friesian cow reaches 3000kgs of protein production in her lifetime. The Diamond Award, issued by IHFA, is for a standard of achievement in the year a registered Holstein Friesian cow reaches 3000kgs of protein production in her lifetime […]

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 […]

Herd Profile – Knowthfarm Herd of James and Patricia McGrane, Slane, Co. Meath

To follow on from our very enjoyable field evening last June we would like to thank our local North East Friesian Breeders Club for allowing us that honour and to IHFA for the opportunity to profile our herd in this article and the breeding and management system in operation here at Knowthfarm. The herd was […]

Herd Profiles – Ballyroberts Herd Mathew and Antonia Walsh & Family, Castlelyons, Co. Cork.

72,238kgs milk solids delivered to the co-op last year, 531kgs milk solids delivered per cow. 160 cows and heifers are calved in annually with surplus heifers offered for sale every year. Last year we milked 146 at peak, of which 40 were autumn calving and the remainder calving in the spring. Milk production on this […]

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 […]

Bull and Cow Lists – October 2018 Evaluation

See links for the following Recommended AI Sires – DP & GS AI Sires on Constituent Milk International Top Sires Holstein Cows Classified VG/EX Holstein Cows Friesian Cows Classified VG/EX Friesian Cows

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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