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Embrace Farm Accident Survivors Conference
35th National Dairy Show - Report
YMA Showmanship League Finals sponsored by FBD
Entries Now Open for All Ireland Awards 2017
Ireland to host the EHRC Conference in 2021
Set the date! The European Show 2019
IHFA at the Ploughing 2017
Team Ireland at European Young Breeders School, Belgium
YMA Representing Ireland at HYB Weekend Rally in Co. Antrim

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 […]

FBD Discounts for IHFA Members

Current FBD Customer Benefits 10% additional discount for Insurance on all IHFA clubs allowed in 2016 Current discounts on majority of all farms held with FBD (good claims experience). Group Discounts FBD will offer IHFA members – 2 months free + 12.5% online discount on new home insurance policies IHFA members will also be able […]

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 […]

All Ireland Awards 2017 – Entries

Entries are now open for the All Ireland Awards 2017 Get your entry forms HERE but be sure to read the conditions of entry HERE. The closing date for entries is Friday 27th of October

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.

Change to the Bovine Tag Numbering Format

Change to the bovine tag numbering format to facilitate new electronic identification (EID) numbering The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has introduced a new numbering format for cattle tags since November 1st. This new numbering format is required for cattle tags to ensure the system in place is compatible with an agreed EU […]

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Fri 24

Breffni Oriel Annual Dinner Dance

November 24 @ 8:00 pm
Tue 28

Teagasc National Dairy Conference

November 28 @ 8:00 am - November 29 @ 5:00 pm