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Laura Boyle

Research Officer - Pigs

Research Interests

  • Pig and dairy cow behaviour, health and welfare
  • Refinement of conditions for animals used in experimental settings 
  • Private standards in quality assurance
  • Attitudes and perceptions of stakeholders about animal welfare

Current Projects

Education

  • Ph.D. in Animal Science, University College, Dublin
  • Master of Agricultural Science, University College, Dublin
  • Bachelor of Agriculture Science (Animal Science), University College Dublin

Career

After completing my bachelors of agricultural science degree (1994) I worked with the French National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA) in the Laboratory of Behaviour and Reproductive Physiology at the Research Centre of Tours in France (1995).  I returned to Ireland to commence a programme of postgraduate research (Masters – 1996; PhD-2000) with University College Dublin and based at Teagasc Morepark

Professional Membership

  • International Society for Applied Ethology
  • Universities Federation for Animal Welfare
  • British Society of Animal Science
  • Management Committee member Group House Net (Cost Action 15134 2016-2020)
  • Animal Health and Welfare Commission of the EAAP (secretary 2010-2016)
  • Chair of EAAP working group on animal behaviour (2016-)
  • Secretary of the Teagasc Animal Ethics Committee (2013-)
  • Chair of Moorepark Animal Welfare Body (2013-)
  • Expert member of Scientific Advisory Committee on Animal Health and Welfare (SACAHW 2013-)
  • EIP focus group (Reduction of antibiotic use in the pig sector) member (2014)

van Staaveren, N., Doyle, B., Manzanilla, E. G., Calderón Díaz, J. A.,  Hanlon, A., Boyle, L.A. 2017. Validation of tail lesions measured on the carcass as indicators for on-farm health and welfare.  Journal of Animal Science. 95: 1528-1536

More, S.J., Hanlon, A., Marchewka, J., Boyle, L.A. 2017.  Private animal health and welfare standards in quality assurance programmes: a review and proposed framework for critical evaluation. Veterinary Record 180 (25): 612

Teixeira, D.L., Harley, S., Hanlon, A., O'Connell, N.E., More, S., Manzanilla, E.G., Boyle, L.A.  2016. Study on the association between tail lesion score, cold carcass weight and viscera condemnations in slaughter pigs. Front. Vet. Sci. doi: 10.3389/fvets.2016.00024  

van Staaveren, N., Teixeira, D.L., Hanlon, A. and Boyle, L.A. 2015.  The effect of mixing entire male pigs prior to transport to slaughter on behaviour, welfare and carcass lesions. PlosOne 10(4):1-15.

Calderón-Díaz, J.A., Fahey, A.G. and Boyle, L.A.  2014.  Effects of gestation housing system and floor type during lactation on locomotory ability, body, limb and claw lesions, and lying-down behavior of lactating sows. Journal of Animal Science 92: 1675-1685.

O’Driscoll, K., Olmos, G., Llamas Moya, S., Mee, J.F., Earley, B., Gleeson, D., O’Brien, B. and Boyle, L.A.  2012.  A reduction in milking frequency and feed allowance improves dairy cow immune status.  Journal of Dairy Science 95:1177–1187.

Calderón-Díaz, J.A., Fahey, A.G., KilBride, A.L., Green, L.E. and Boyle, L.A. 2013. Longitudinal study of the effect of rubber slat mats on locomotory ability, body, limb and claw lesions and dirtiness of loose housed sows. Journal of Animal Science 19: 1-15.

O’Driscoll, K.M.K., Lemos Teixeira, D., O’Gorman, D., Taylor, S. and Boyle L.A. 2013. The influence of a magnesium rich marine supplement on behavior, salivary cortisol levels, and skin lesions in response to acute stress in growing pigs. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 145: 92-101.

O’Driscoll, K.M.K., O’Gorman, D., Taylor, S. and Boyle L.A. 2013. The influence of a magnesium rich marine extract on behaviour, salivary cortisol levels and skin lesions in growing pigs. Animal 7: 1017-1027.

Harley, S., More, S., O' Connell, N.E., Hanlon, A., Lemos-Teixeira, D. and Boyle, L.A. 2012. Evaluating the prevalence of tail biting and carcase condemnations in slaughter pigs in the Republic and Northern Ireland, and the potential of abattoir meat inspection as a welfare surveillance tool. Veterinary Record 171 (24): 621-629

Harley, S., More, S., Boyle, L.A., O’ Connell, N.E. and Hanlon, A. 2012. Good animal welfare makes economic sense: potential of swine abattoir meat inspection as a welfare surveillance tool. Irish Veterinary Journal 65:11.

Palmer, M.A., Olmos, G., Boyle, L.A., Mee, J.F. 2012. A comparison of the estrous behavior of Holstein-Friesian cows when cubicle-housed and at pasture. Theriogenology 77: 382 - 388

O’Driscoll, K., Olmos, G., Llamas Moya, S., Mee, J.F., Earley, B., Gleeson, D., O’Brien, B. and Boyle, L.A. 2012. A reduction in milking frequency and feed allowance improves dairy cow immune status. Journal of Dairy Science 95:1177–1187.

Conte, S., O’Connell, N.E., Lawlor P.G., and Boyle, L.A. 2012. Effect of split marketing on the welfare, performance and carcass traits of finishing pigs. Journal of Animal Science 90: 373-380.

Alessia Diana (UCD)
Simone Foister (SRUC)

Oceane Schmitt (SRUC) 
Phoebe Hartnett (UL)