The first Irish Friesian Club was formed in 1927 under the auspices of the British Friesian Cattle Society. The Irish Friesian Breeders Association was formed in 1965 with Brendan Dunleavy its first secretary and the IHFA were accorded greater autonomy with the appointment of its own Chief Executive Kevin Dillon in 1991.
One of the oldest beef breeds in France. They originated from the west central part of France at the beginning of the century, occupying an area stretching from the borders of Brittany to the Charente basin. The Irish Parthenaise society intends through the GENEIRELAND programme with ICBF to have similar breed advancement as the French with the breed.
Irish Potato Breeders is a Research and Development company, in Ireland, specialising in selecting and developing new potato varieties. This activity has been carried on since 1982. New seedlings are tried and tested in selected locations in Europe, Africa and North America and evaluated under local conditions for suitability as fresh or table potatoes and for processing into fries, crisps and as mashed potatoes.
The Speckle Park cattle breed is a beef breed of medium size that converts forage very well into beef and has a high dressing out percentage. Speckle Park has established a reputation as a carcass breed, which consistently produces high quality, tasty and tender beef.