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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 Blackisle Laura 68 DOB: 16-Dec-06 Sire: Blackisle Glenalbyn MGS: Fintalex Norman Owner: Bill O’Keeffe, Churchclara, Co. Kilkenny Udder Score: EX95 Feet & Legs Score: EX96 Final Score: EX95 […]
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
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.