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Padraig French

Head of Livestock Systems Department & Dairy Enterprise Leader

Research Interests

Dairy and beef Farm Systems
Dairy farm infrastructure
Farm financial performance
Profitable dairy farm expansion
Greenfield dairy farm conversion

Current Projects

Greenfield Dairy Programme
Management of Soiled Water


B.Agr.Sc. (1996) Animal Science
M.Agr.Sc. (1998) The effect of herbage allowance and concentrate level on beef production from autumn grass. UCD
Ph.D (2000) The effect of concentrate supplementation of autumn grass on beef output and quality. UCD
Adv Dip. (2008) Manager development
BAgrSc Agricultural Science (Animal Science)
University College Dublin 2005

  • Keogh, B., French, P., McGrath, T., Storey, T. and Mulligan, F.J. (2009). Effect of three forages and two forages allowances offered to pregnant dry dairy cows in winter on periparturient performance and milk yield in early lactation. Grass and Forage Science 64: 292-303
  • Keogh, B., French, P., Murphy, J.J., Mee, J.F., McGrath, T., Storey, T., Grant, J. and Mulligan, F.J. (2009). A note on the effect of dietary proportions of kale (Brassica oleracea) and grass silage on rumen pH and volatile fatty acid concentrations in dry dairy cows. Livestock Science 126 : 302-205
  • O’Driscoll, K., Boyle, L., Hanlon, A., Buckley, F. and French, P., (2010) The effect of dry cow winter management system on feed intake, performance and estimated energy demand. Animal, volume 4, issue 02, pp. 272-281