“The Irish Holstein Friesian Association (IHFA) is a member owned organisation directed by the IHFA board which is directly elected from its 3,700 members in 15 club areas. The association is licensed by the Department Of Agriculture to issue ancestry and pedigree registration certificates. The IHFA is responsible for the validity and upkeep of the herdbook of Holstein Friesian cattle and for giving direction to the development and promotion of the breed in Ireland through its many events and services. The association offers a grade-up service, whereby commercial dairy cows can be graded to full pedigree in three simple steps.
IHFA aims are to improve the breeding of pedigree Holstein Friesian cattle by encouraging its members to adopt all scientific methods to enhance genetic gain and improve conformation standards suitable to twenty first century dairy production. IHFA aims to continue its open herdbook policy where new members are welcome to join and avail of its grade-up service, whereby commercial dairy cows can be graded to full pedigree with registered traceability. This herdbook service expands the wide genetic diversity of the breed.”
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