36th National Dairy Show - Entries Now Open!
YMA Success at EYBS 2018
Diageo Baileys Champion Cow 2018
Tullamore Show 2018
YMA National Calf Show Finals - Report
IHFA National Open Day - Oldrose Herd, Co. Meath
National Herds Competition 2018
Inter Club Stock Judging 2018
Pure Friesian Open Day at Raheenarran Herd
100 Agriculture Students Visit UCD Lyons Facility
Protect Your Herd Pedigree Status

36th National Dairy Show – Entries

The Prize Schedule for the 36th National Dairy Show is now available. Separate forms for cattle and handler classes must be filled in and returned to Celine Griffin at the IHFA, Clonakilty, Co. Cork, by email cgriffin@ihfa.ie or by fax at 023 8834740. Forms are to be returned no later than Monday 1st of October. […]

YMA Success at EYBS 2018

Congratulations to the YMA team who represented Ireland at the European Young Breeders’ School in Belgium. The teamKane Boal, James Gildea, Jason Helen, Conor Lynch, Jack O’Neill, Sinead O’Sullivan and Stacey O’Sullivan worked exceptionally hard and reaped the reward of their efforts in spades. In Showmanship, Conor Lynch, Jack O’Neill and Stacey O’Sullivan placed 2nd in their […]

Diageo Baileys Champion Cow 2018

Drumlina Atwood Megan reigns Supreme at the prestigious Baileys All Ireland show now in its 35th year, jointly sponsored by Diageo and Glanbia. Drumlina Atwood Megan is Queen of the Baileys Championship for 2018 took the top honours. Co-owner of the cow David Boyd joked afterwards that it was a case of “The bridesmaid becoming the […]

Tullamore FBD National Livestock Show 2018

A pleasant summer’s day where a soft, damp early morning evolved into a sunny, humid and hot Sunday afternoon was the stage for the 27th Tullamore National Livestock Show. Crowds in excess of 60, 000 people thronged the Butterfield Estate showgrounds, situated a short distance west of the Co. Offaly provincial town.  Laurelelm Fever Brilliant […]

YMA National Calf Show Finals 2018 – Report

The 27th YMA National Calf Show took place on Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th of July. A packed programme of events comprising clipping classes, handling classes, ag-analysis competition and calf classes including other dairy breeds was on the schedule. Cillin Hill, Kilkenny Mart was again the venue as families from clubs across the country decamped […]

IHFA National Open Day 2018 – Oldrose Herd

Tropical weather across the country swell the crowds at the IHFA National Open Day! The IHFA National Open Day is now established as a prominent event in the agri-calendar, where Holstein Friesian breeders, dairy farmers and industry from across the country attend. The event is a major shop window to showcase breed genetic diversity, variation […]

IHFA National Open Day – Celebratory Sale Report

Oldrose Open Day Sale Report – Celebratory sale of the Oldrose youngstock on the unique occassion of hosting IHFA National Open Day. The Oldrose Open Day sale in conjunction with the hosting of the IHFA National Open Day saw a buoyant trade with 35 lots forward on the day. Hosts Leo Collins Senior and Junior […]

IHFA National Herds Competition 2018

38 herds from across the country participated in the IHFA National Herds Competition 2018. Judge this year was Mr. Mark Logan, Clandeboye estate, Northern Ireland who carried out his judging task with admirable expertise, courtesy and diligence. Herds were visited within one week, beginning at the end of May which fortunately co-incided with an upturn […]

Inter Club Stock Judging 2018

Senior Intermediate   Under 18 years Highest Individual Winners  

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 […]

Raheenarran Herd host Pure Friesian Open Day 2018

The sun shone on Kilkenny for the IHFA Pure Friesian Open Day held at the Raheenarran Herd of Bryan and Gail Daniels, Kilmoganny, Co. Kilkenny. Situated 950 feet above sea level, they run a 300+ cow pedigree registered herd based on mostly Friesian breeding. Bryan’s parents had worked hard over the years such that Bryan […]


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 IHFA. Fellow Kerryman Robert Groves held the role of […]

Protect Your Herd Pedigree Status

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 – 

Using a Bull Team – Mitigating risk in breeding

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 […]

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 […]

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Events Calendar

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Wed 17

Tipperary Waterford Club Dairy Efficiency Seminar

October 17 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sat 20

National Dairy Show

October 20
Sat 20

36th National Dairy Show

October 20 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm