Genomic Pilot Scheme

Verified Ancestry is required to maintain the integrity of the Herdbook and the status of your herd
IHFA is now offering a pilot scheme to members

  • A batch of females – 10 or more – can be genomically tested for the cost of €24 (inclusive of vat) per sample.
  • This is a cost effective mechanism to verify the sire of the offspring in cases where two or more stock bulls are left run with the herd.
  • This test will provide a sire check and genomic value for the female progeny, providing all bulls used have been genomically tested.
  • This scheme offering is on the basis of using Hair Card only. Use of tissue sample is not acceptable.

If you would like to avail of this offer, contact the IHFA Office email enquiries@ihfa.ie or call 023 8833443


It is mandatory that all males for registration are GENOTYPED / SIRE VERIFIED once the animal is named (Rule 7 h (iv) of the herdbook rules). This process in the past was carried out through DNA profile using microsatellites. This has been replaced using genomics, which relies on matching SNP (single nucleotide polymorphism frequency). Females are registered once the female is named by the breeder. This is subject to spot checks, 1 in 300 registrations. The registration process is automated (Rule 7 h (v)). All male and female ET calves must be FULLY PARENTAGE VERIFIED either through genomics or DNA profile using microsatellites (Rule 7 h (v) of the herdbook rules). Terms & Conditions of acceptance of a registration by the IHFA Herdbook is based on the information supplied.

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37th Lisduff Sale

October 24 @ 9:00 am - 1:30 pm
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National Dairy Show

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