The ‘incredible’ gift of Irish Friesian Holstein heifers

Agricultural charity Bóthar has airlifted 70 heifers to Romania in a bid to lift families out of poverty.

The lift which included some 30 animals raised by inmates at the Shelton Abbey and Loughan House prisons took place from Shannon Airport. Among the attendance was Heifer International CEO Pierre Ferrari.

He said, “Bóthar has done remarkable work in 35 countries across the developing world. We have been proud to partner with them on projects over the past 23 years, since their very first airlift, which was to Uganda. Not alone does partnering with Bóthar mean additional food producing animals for impoverished people, but the quality of the Irish Friesian Holstein heifers is incredible. Their yield is so high and the quality of milk so fantastic.

We call it ‘passing on the gift’ as the heifer itself will give quality milk but the first born female calf is passed on to another family and Bóthar will return each year to put the heifers back in calf.”

Bóthar supports 64 programmes in over 20 countries, and airlifted 365 heifers and 200 dairy goats last year alone.


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