The Annual General Meeting of the Irish Holstein Friesian Association (IHFA) took place in the Ballyroe Heights Hotel, Wednesday 2nd of May. This marked the inauguration of Peter Kennelly as President of the Association. Peter is the first ever Kerryman to serve as President of the Association. Peter and family farm the Akeragh Herd of […]
The Senior Championship, sponsored by FBD Insurance Champion - Hallow Atwood Grace exhibited by Philip & Linda Jones Reserve - Bordermist Sanchez Fran ET exhibited by Philip Jones, owned by the Bordermist syndicate; David and Kenneth Boyd, Michael McGinley, Denis O’ Neill and Philip & Linda Jones Hon Mention - Clonpaddin DZU Robin exhibited by John & Gary Hurley […]
Many of you will be choosing AI sires. Make sure you ask the right questions of your supplier regarding the pedigree status of the sires you select. Please read the following explanation on why -
Read about the Maunsell Herd, Abbeydorney, Co. Kerry. Article take from the Irish Holstein Friesian Journal Spring 2018.
92% Clearance with average of €3,100 Strong demand from buyers ensured a very brisk trade at the IHFA Premier Bull Sale. There was a 92% clearance rate with an average price of €3,100. 26 bulls were present with 24 bulls sold on the day. Buyers from across the four provinces made the journey in pursuit […]
The IHFA Awards Night took place at the Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise on Friday 16th of February. This year the awards were presented by Ciarán Roche, FBD Risk Manager. Among the awards presented were the All Ireland Awards for 2017, covering ten classes; the YMA Awards, which include Club of the Year, President’s Medal, Hall of Fame […]
YMA Awards at IHFA All Ireland Awards 2017 Presidents Medal The winner of the Presidents Medal 2017 is Avril Helen. This award is at the discretion of IHFA President Kathleen Watson following interview with the candidates. Avril was nominated by the Cork Club of which she is a distinguished member with tremendous service over many […]
by Professor Donagh Berry, Statistical Geneticist, Animal and Grassland Research & Innovation Centre, Teagasc Moorepark Breeding is a bit like horse racing – the 3/1 favourite is the bull that comes from a good pedigree proven to often produce good females while the 50/1 is analogous to the low reliability high index bull. One can […]
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 […]
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 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 is extracted. This […]
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.