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Fionnuala McDermott

Project Title: Examination of the factors affecting the composition, quality and vitality of bovine colostrum – (COLOSTROMILK).


Fionnuala is currently a Walsh Scholar PhD Student based in Teagasc Moorepark, researching the "Examination of the factors affecting the composition, quality and vitality of bovine colostrum". This COLOSTROMILK project aims to classify the composition of bovine colostrum and identify the impact of dry cow feeding system on its components and subsequent performance of calves and cows throughout lactation.

Cows typically produce colostrum in excess of what is required by the calf however, given the importance of colostrum for the health and vitality of the calf and increased interest from the dairy manufacturers; greater understanding of the composition and factors which affect it would be highly beneficial to a variety of parties across the milk supply chain. In particular, the high contents of immunoglobulins and oligosaccharides which could be nutritionally beneficial to infant formulations among other nutritional formulations.

Fionnuala has previously worked with Meat Technology Ireland where she gained extensive knowledge in the Irish processing industry and the Irish agri-food sector.

Fionnuala has a huge love and interest in all animals where her college journey started in Athlone IT studying veterinary nursing. Fionnuala spends every weekend outdoors, walking the hills of Wicklow with her dog or going for walks on the beach.

Programme Area: Food Chemistry and Technology 

Professional platform: 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fionnuala-mcdermott-a51269175/

Email: Fionnuala.McDermott@teagasc.ie

Supervisors: Dr Sean Hogan, Dr Tom O’Callaghan and Prof Lorraine Brennan 

Location: Teagasc Moorepark, Fermoy, Co. Cork

Funding Source: Teagasc and VistaMilk