Brian McDonnell

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Brian McDonnell

Technical Dairy Specialist

Brian McDonnell is from Raheny, Co. Dublin. He has an honours degree in Sustainable Agriculture from Dundalk IT. He has worked on dairy and beef farms in both Ireland and the UK, including Teagasc Grange and a large-scale 650-cow dairy farm which also had a 1,200 animal youngstock-rearing farm in Scotland. He has a keen interest in agriculture and particularly the dairy sector and in his spare time is active in local rugby and golf.

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In-milk cows reach €2,700 at Carnaross dairy sale

In-milk cows reach €2,700 at Carnaross dairy sale

Carnaross Mart held its open dairy sale on Wednesday (May 19) with over 90 lots on offer at the Co....

Preventing embryo loss in dairy cows

Preventing embryo loss in dairy cows

Embryo loss can be a major cause of reproductive failure in both cows and heifers on dairy farms. At this...

Study: Heat stress causing milk yield loss in cows

Study: Heat stress causing milk yield loss in cows

A study conducted in the UK has determined that heat stress in dairy cows may be causing significant milk yield...

Grass growth: Dealing with surpluses on farms

Grass growth: Dealing with surpluses on farms

Grass growth in last number of weeks has exploded on farms, which is very different to what was happening just...

How to obtain the best nitrogen use efficiency

How to obtain the best nitrogen use efficiency

High chemical-fertiliser prices have placed a focus on obtaining the best nitrogen use efficiency on dairy farms. Although fertiliser prices...

Time to BCS your autumn-calving cows

Time to BCS your autumn-calving cows

Autumn-calving cows are entering the final third of their lactation and will start being dried off in late-June or early...

Silage season: Time to get slurry spread

Silage season: Time to get slurry spread

The good weather at the end of last week and into the weekend resulted in a lot of farmers making...

Dairy farms: Jobs to tick off the May to-do list

Dairy farms: Jobs to tick off the May to-do list

May is a busy month on most dairy farms, with the breeding season in full swing and many farmers planning to harvest...

Safety to the forefront for the busy month of May

Safety to the forefront for the busy month of May

Safety on farms should be to the forefront of farmers’ minds at all times of the year, but the month...

Mastitis control: Still plenty of room for improvement

Mastitis control: Still plenty of room for improvement

At the recent farm walk at Rockwell farm, Michelle McGrath from Animal Health Ireland (AHI) spoke to the group of...

Demand back for cows in milk at Carnew dairy sale

Demand back for cows in milk at Carnew dairy sale

Carnew Mart held its fortnightly dairy sale on Thursday (May 12), with this week’s sale consisting mainly of cows in...

Grass growth: Farms move into a surplus

Grass growth: Farms move into a surplus

The presence of long days, moisture and warm weather has resulted in grass growth rates taking off on farms in...

‘Fertiliser prices will be the same next spring’

‘Fertiliser prices will be the same next spring’

Fertiliser prices were a hot topic at the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers’ Association’s (ICMSA’s) farm walk earlier this week. The...

IHFA to appoint new chief executive

IHFA to appoint new chief executive

The Irish Holstein Friesian Association (IHFA) has been searching for a new CEO since Charles Gallagher announced his retirement in...

Silage harvesting: Aim for quality over quantity

Silage harvesting: Aim for quality over quantity

Silage season is fast approaching on dairy farms as farmers move to secure the fodder required for the winter months...

Breeding season: Checking your bull’s fertility

Breeding season: Checking your bull’s fertility

The 2022 breeding season is underway on most spring-calving dairy farms and, with a successful breeding season being key to...

Monitoring submission rates this breeding season

Monitoring submission rates this breeding season

Monitoring submission rates is an important part of having a successful breeding season on dairy farms. The aim on many...

Ballyjamesduff see boost in calf trade from Northern farmers

Ballyjamesduff see boost in calf trade from Northern farmers

Despite reduced sailings, Ballyjamesduff Mart saw an improvement in the calf trade this week. The Co. Cavan mart held its...