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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David McWilliams: The future of Irish agriculture is tech

David McWilliams: The future of Irish agriculture is tech

On the second day of the Alltech One Ideas Conference, economist and professor at Trinity College Dublin (TCD) David McWilliams,...

The importance of grass measuring as good weather continues

The importance of grass measuring as good weather continues

Grass measuring has become very popular on Irish dairy farms as a tool to ensure that dairy cows are receiving...

Calf registrations surpass the two million mark

Calf registrations surpass the two million mark

Although calf registrations are now decreasing, the calving season on some farms continues, with numbers now surpassing the two million...

Blessington Mart – Numbers ease as weather continues to hold

Blessington Mart – Numbers ease as weather continues to hold

On Thursday (June 17) Agriland made the trip down to Co. Wicklow, to observe the trade at Blessington Mart, as...

People management more important as national dairy herd grows

People management more important as national dairy herd grows

The national dairy herd has experienced a large increase post-milk quota, with 100 cow herds becoming the norm in many...

Summer scour: A ‘product of our success’

Summer scour: A ‘product of our success’

During the recent XLVets webinar ‘Getting the Most out of the Second Half of the Breeding Season’ Kevin O’Sullivan, a...

Jersey sires remain popular with customers – LIC

Jersey sires remain popular with customers – LIC

Breeding 2021 on the majority of spring-calving herds is now six or seven weeks in, with many farms now switching...

Bull safety: why and how you should put it to practice

Bull safety: why and how you should put it to practice

With many farms now at the point of the breeding season where the stock bull has been introduced to the...

Dairy Focus: ‘Winter milk production suits our farm’

Dairy Focus: ‘Winter milk production suits our farm’

In this week’s Dairy Focus, Agriland made the trip to meet Noel and Jason Wilkin on their dairy and sheep farm in Co....

Grass advice: Early management of your reseed

Grass advice: Early management of your reseed

After a wet spring, the recent good weather has given many farmers the opportunity to reseed some of their poor...

Are you planning on making silage bales this year?

Are you planning on making silage bales this year?

Silage contributes between 25% and 40% of the annual diet of beef and dairy animals, depending on length of housing,...

20 years on: How successful has the introduction of EBI been?

20 years on: How successful has the introduction of EBI been?

The economic breeding Index (EBI), launched in 2001, it was developed as a way for Irish dairy farmers to determine...

It’s time to shift focus to second-cut silage

It’s time to shift focus to second-cut silage

The focus on many farms for the last number of weeks was to get first-cut silage cut and into pits,...

Parasite-control programme required to reduce APR

Parasite-control programme required to reduce APR

During the recent Teagasc Research Insights webinar, which focused on antimicrobial and anthelmintic resistance in farm animals, Orla Keane, a...

Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

Rejuvenating swards: Which option is best?

Maintaining grass quality during mid-season grazing is important. Farmers can maintain quality by entering ideal grazing covers of 1,300-1,500kg DDM/ha,...

Have you considered sowing a fodder crop?

Have you considered sowing a fodder crop?

With the expansion of the national dairy herd in recent years, many farms have become short on housing, with many...

Body condition scoring in autumn-calving cows

Body condition scoring in autumn-calving cows

While spring-calving herds are mid-way through their milk production season, most autumn-calving herds are approaching the end of theirs. Cows...

Dairy Focus: Less cows, less milk, more profit in Co. Louth

Dairy Focus: Less cows, less milk, more profit in Co. Louth

In this week’s Dairy Focus, Agriland made the trip to meet Tomás and Cian Smyth, on their dairy farm in Co. Louth. Tomás and...