Bluetongue Update
IHFA AGM 2020
Rules on Clones and Descendants of Clones
In Profile - Laurstown Herd
In Profile - Knoxtown Herd
Ringleader Herd - 5 Gens of Delight Dams Classified
IHFA Virtual Stock Judging - The Final Results
17 year old, Laune Bess 552 EX90 eases in to retirement
The Art of Cattle Breeding... Don't Leave it all to Science
IHFA Recommended Bulls
COVID19

Bluetongue Information – UPDATED September 2020

NDCC Bluetongue Alert Number 2 of 2020 Outbreaks in Europe Luxembourg Further to Bluetongue Alert Number 1 of 2020, issued on April 2nd, Luxembourg confirmed an outbreak of BTV 8 on 7th September 2020. Clinical disease was reported in 2 animals in a herd of 435. This is the first time Bluetongue has been reported […]

IHFA AGM 2020

The IHFA AGM 2020 took place on Wednesday September 2nd . Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and ongoing National restrictions on gatherings and guidelines as to group sizes permitted at events, the AGM was held later in the year and under constricted parameters. It was an audio-enabled AGM whereby members had the opportunity to dial […]

Clones & Descendants of Clones

IMPORTANT- For all IHFA members looking to buy new herd members, please note the following…. Clones & Descendants of Clones The Board of IHFA took a decision on the 30th October 2019 to not register clones or the progeny of clones. Therefore, check the ancestry of live animals and embryos before purchasing or importing. The […]

In Profile – Laurstown Pedigree Herd

Scott Mernagh & family, Moorfields, Co. Wexford Profiling a new member who has Graded Up with IHFA and availed of Conformation scoring service The Laurstown Holstein Friesian herd of Scott Mernagh and family, Moorfields, Co. Wexford, continues on a trajectory of prosperity, aided by recently availing of IHFA services Whole Herd Grade Up and Classification […]

In Profile – Knoxtown Pedigree Registered Herd

Cow families signpost the way at Knoxtown An IHFA Slaney club herd profile The Knoxtown pedigree registered herd of Sean and Breda Murphy, and son Gearóid, is steeped in quality cow families with depth of pedigree, excelling in performance on many fronts. Established as a new dairy herd in the 1980s, the herd is backboned […]

Ringleader – Five Generations of Delight Dams Classified

Ringleader herd presents 5 generations of dams for IHFA Classification inspection A GP84 heifer backed by four generations of VG/EX dams, including an EX93 6E Diamond Award cow, are all going strong in the herd of breeder Noel O’Donovan – a testament to the breeding strength, consistency of performance and resilience of Holstein Friesian cow […]

IHFA Virtual Stock Judging – The Results

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for. After all your dedication and study, its the overall results of the IHFA Virtual Stock Judging. The IHFA Virtual Stock Judging began on the 5th of June and concluded last Friday 17th of July with the final Judge’s reasons by Hefyn Wilson, (Tregibby Herd, Wales), and class […]

17-year-old IHFA Diamond Award cow eases into retirement

Laune Bess 522 EX90, 14 completed lactations – A lifetime’s achievement Richard & Breda Langford  A restful and contented on-farm retirement awaits Laune Bess 522 EX90 3E. This follows a productive milking lifetime yielding in excess of 124,000kgs milk production and 9,400kgs total milk solids in 14 lactations. Born in January 2003 Bess is now […]

The art of cattle breeding ……. Don’t leave it all to Science!

Brownsvilla Aster Lily 2 EX93 6E The art of cattle breeding ……. Don’t leave it all to Science! by Shane McHugh On the 3rd of October 2003 the Etazon Lord Lily daughter, Brownsvilla Aster Lily 2, was born to an Esquimau sired dam, in the Brownsvilla herd of Tom Dempsey and family, Brownstown, Collinstown, Co. […]

IHFA Recommended Bulls – Updates

From now on, Bull Proofs will be published more frequently at six times per year, up from three times a year previously. From this data, we will publish two lists focusing on 

IHFA Student Bursary 2019

This year, the IHFA Student Bursary was presented to both Niall Slattery and Sean Quinlan. Both Niall and Sean are graduates of Gurteen College. . The IHFA Student Bursary is awarded based on a combination of a student’s class project, IHFA assignment and an interview. Gurteen College maintain Registered Pedigree Holstein Friesian herd as a teaching resource […]

UCD Lyons Research Farm – Latest Update

 The development of a high-output grass-based spring milk production system  From a recent presentation by Finbar Mulligan, Associate Professor at UCD. Note: Each slide runs for 10 seconds. If more time is needed to read the slide content, press the pause button. Alternately, download the presentation in PDF format HERE.

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Sat 24

37th Lisduff Sale

October 24 @ 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
Wed 28

National Dairy Show

October 28 @ 6:00 pm - October 29 @ 9:00 pm