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Donagh Berry

Senior Principal Research Officer – Quantitative Geneticist

Research Interests

  • Genetic and genomic analyses and evaluations
  • Genotyping platforms
  • Statistics
  • Predictive modelling
  • Breeding objectives and production indexes
  • Breeding scheme design
  • Decision support tools

Species: dairy, beef, sheep, pigs, horses, greyhounds

Current Projects

  • VistaMilk SFI Research Center (www.vistamilk.ie)
  • Meat Technology Ireland (www.mti.ie)
  • Optimised breeding program for efficient and quality beef from dairy herds
  • Sustainable ruminant breeding programs for low environmental footprint
  • INnovative Tools for Assessment and Authentication of chicken and beef meat, and dairy products’ QualiTies
  • Roadmap for efficient and effective ruminant breeding programs to reduce enteric methane production
  • Infrared spectroscopy analysis of milk as a low-cost solution to identify efficient and profitable dairy cows
  • SMAll RuminanTs breeding for Efficiency and Resilience
  • Development of genetic evaluations, breeding objectives and breeding goals in Irish dairy cattle, beef cattle, and sheep
  • Multi-breed genomic evaluations


Diploma in Leadership Development, IMI, UCC
Ph.D. in Quantitative Genetics. University College Dublin/Wageningen University The Netherlands
MSc in Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, University College Cork, Ireland
Bachelor of Agriculture Science, University College Dublin, Ireland


Dec 2015 – to-date Diploma in Leadership Development, IMI, Dublin 
July 2012 to date: Visiting Prof in Livestock Computational Genomics, SRUC UK 
Jan 2012 to date: Adjunct Prof in Population Genetics, University College Cork 
Jan 2012 to date: Lecturer in Animal Genetics, University College Dublin 
Sept 2009 – May 2011: MSc in bioinformatics and systems biology, UCC 
2007 - to date: Principal Dairy and Beef Research Geneticist, Teagasc, Moorepark Dairy Production Research Center, Fermoy, Co. Cork, Ireland 
June 2007 - Nov. 2007: Senior Dairy and Beef Geneticist, (address as above). 
Oct 2003 - June 2007: Dairy and Beef Research Geneticist, (address as above). 
Mar 2004 - Mar 2005: Sabbatical leave at Livestock Improvement and Abacus

Director of VistaMilk Research Center
Adjunct Professor, University College Dublin, Ireland
Adjunct Professor, University College Cork, Ireland
Visiting Professor in Livestock Computational Genomics, SRUC, UK
Extraordinary Professor, Dept. Animal and Wildlife Science, Uni. Pretoria, South Africa
Adjunct Fellow, Munster Technological University, Cork, Ireland

Stephen Connolly
Alan Hurley
Alan Twomey
Siobhan Ring
Tanya Englishby
Aine O’Brien 
Jenny Doyle
Pierce Rafter
Fíona Dunne
Dixon Vimalajeewa