In Profile - Knoxtown Herd
Ringleader Herd - 5 Gens of Delight Dams Classified
IHFA Virtual Stock Judging - The Final Results
In Profile - Slieverue Herd
In Profile - Sallywood Herd
In Profile - Lismalin Herd
17 year old, Laune Bess 552 EX90 eases in to retirement
The Art of Cattle Breeding... Don't Leave it all to Science
Pure Friesians on the Active Bull List
IHFA Recommended Bulls
COVID19

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 […]

Virtual Stock Judging – Reasons and Results

Senior Cow – Judge’s Reasons A big thank you to Hefyn Wilson of the Tregibby Herd, Wales, who has very kindly judged each class of our Virtual Stock Judging including this final Senior Cow class. These are his reasons. Thanks to the breeders for putting forward their cows to be judged – Paul Hannan, Lisnalty […]

In Profile – Derrydale Holstein Friesian Herd

Derrydale Holstein Friesian Herd – Paschal and Irene Walsh & family An IHFA Laois Offaly Club host profile Derrydale Holsteins in Edenderry, Co. Offaly, is run by Paschal and Irene Walsh with their two sons Bobby and Evan. Our farm is made up of 60 hectares owned and 35 hectares rented from my brother, John. […]

In Profile – Slieverue Pedigree Registered Herd

SLIEVERUE registered herd, Sean and Emer Begley & family, Gurrane, Dingle, Co. Kerry Having achieved maximum herd size, the emphasis is now quality and efficiency Improved efficiencies driving herd output while conscious of the environment An IHFA Kerry Club herd profile The historical west Kerry port town and bustling tourist hotspot of Dingle is the […]

In Profile – Sallywood Pedigree Holstein Friesian Herd

Sallywood Holstein Friesian herd – Oliver Conneely & family, Ballyglass, Williamstown, Co. Galway Stockmanship skills develop herd from an initial two cows in the 1970s to 80 high-quality pedigree registered cows today An IHFA Galway club herd profile A dear departed Holstein Friesian breeder, family man, longest serving AI sales rep in the business and […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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Sun 09

CANCELLED – Tullamore National Livestock Show

August 9 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wed 19

CANCELLED – Diageo Baileys Champion Cow

August 19 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm