IHFA National Open Day - Oldrose Herd, Co. Meath
Open Day Sales Report - Oldrose Herd
Call For Entries
Pure Friesian Open Day at Raheenarran Herd
Third time's a charm for Hallow at Emerald Expo 2018
Protect Your Herd Pedigree Status
UPDATED JANUARY 2018 - Blue Tongue Information

YMA National Calf Show Finals 2018 – Entries

We are now taking entries for the YMA National Calf Show Finals 2018. Closing date for entries Tuesday 10th July 2018. Please post forms to Celine Griffin, IHFA, Clonakilty, Co. Cork and email the accompanying spreadsheet to stacey.osullivan@mycit.ie & cgriffin@ihfa.ie All detail on entry form and spreadsheet to be completed and signatures provided to confirm compliance with IHFA rules. […]

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 […]

Open Day – Herds Competition & Stock Judging Results 2018

Interclub Stock Judging Results 2018 – Sponsored by McAuley Feeds Over 27 Years 1. Limerick / Clare Derek Frawley, John Curtin, Mike McNamara 2. Nth Ireland John Patterson, William Patton, Sam McCormick 3. Breffni / Oriel Seamus Shannon, Kenneth Boyd, Seamus Gunn Highest Individual: Daniel Curtin (Kerry) 18 – 26 Years 1. Laois / Offaly […]

35th Diageo Baileys Launch and Call for Entries

Diageo & Glanbia Ireland Prepare to Mark 35 Years of All-Island Champion Dairy Cow Contest The 35th Diageo Baileys Champion Dairy Cow Competition was launched today by Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Andrew Doyle T.D. at the Baileys production site in North-West Dublin. The competition finale takes place on 22nd August at […]

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 […]

Emerald Expo 2018 – Results

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 […]

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 - 

43rd IHFA Premier Bull Show & Sale

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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Events Calendar

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Thu 19

Laois Offaly Club Field Evening

July 19 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sun 22

Ossory Show

July 22
Tue 24

YMA National Calf Show Finals 2018

July 24 @ 11:00 am - July 25 @ 4:00 pm