Protect Your Herd Pedigree Status
IHFA Gene Ireland Bull Pack 2018
Emerald Expo 2018 - Launch
Mountfarna take the Championship at the Bull Sale
All Ireland Awards 2017 - Results
YMA Awards 2017
Oldrose herd, Co. Meath, to host IHFA National Open Day 2018
Date announced for IHFA Pure Friesian Open Day
UPDATED JANUARY 2018 - Blue Tongue Information

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 - 

Emerald Expo 2018 – Launch

The launch of Emerald Expo 2018 was recently held at the RDS. The show committee are celebrating the eighth year of the show this year and looking forward to another year in the excellent facilities at Virginia Show Centre in Cavan. Among the dignitaries in attendance were representatives of the Department of Agriculture, Food and […]

IHFA Gene Ireland Bull Pack 2018

Apply for the IHFA Gene Ireland Bull Pack today! Available in packs of 30 or 50 straws, with averages of · EBI €249 · Reliability 64% · Dam Classification VG85.8 · Milk Kgs PTA +180.4kgs · Milk solids PTA +29.4kgs · Prot % PTA +0.12% · Mammary +0.59 · Conformation +0.48 Download your form HERE and […]

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 […]

All Ireland Awards 2017

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 2017

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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Emerald Expo 2018

April 28 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm