ENTER NOW - IHFA Premier Bull Show & Sale 2018
UPDATED JANUARY 2018 - Blue Tongue Information
Herd Profiles - Field Evening Hosts
Southern Successes at the Winter Fair 2017
35th National Dairy Show - Report
Ireland to host the EHRC Conference in 2021
YMA Showmanship League Finals sponsored by FBD
Team Ireland at European Young Breeders School, Belgium
YMA Representing Ireland at HYB Weekend Rally in Co. Antrim

IHFA Premier Bull Show & Sale 2018 – Entries

The IHFA Premier Bull Show and Sale is set to take place at Central Auctions, Nenagh Mart on Wednesday 28th of March. To enter your bulls for the sale, see the criteria and fill out the entry form HERE The deadline for entries is Monday 19th of February to allow for inspection.

Herd Profiles – Field Evening Hosts

We spoke to a number of the IHFA members about their experience of holding field evenings and stock judging events at their farms in 2017. Here is their account of hosting a field evening and some background information on the herds themselves.

Bluetongue Information – UPDATED January 2018

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 […]

Best of the Best Winter 2017

Kilwarden Windbrook Vix ET DOB: 17-Dec-11 Sire: Gillette Windbrok MGS: Braedale Goldwyn Owner: Brochan Cocoman, Kilwarden, Kill, Co. Kildare Udder Score: EX93 Feet & Legs Score: EX92 Final Score: EX93 Classification: 2017

EHRC Conference 2017

A delegation from IHFA attended the EHRC Conference to present a bid to host the 2021 European Holstein and Red Holstein Confederation Conference. Read more about the visit here

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. […]

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 […]

YMA National Calf Show Finals 2017 – Report & Results

The 26th YMA National Calf Show took place on July 25th and 26th at Cillin Hill, Kilkenny Mart. The show was a big success as YMA clubs and members across the country gathered together for the national finals. My thanks to YMA Chairperson Avril Helen and Co-ordinator Emer Kelly and the organising committee for their […]

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  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 […]

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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January 2018 Calf Care Events

January 8 @ 11:00 am - January 25 @ 4:00 pm