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David Gleeson

Research Officer - Milk Quality

Research Interests

  • Factors influencing milk quality at farm and factory level
  • Residues in milk: in particular, Trichloromethane, Quaternary ammonium compounds, chlorates and Iodine
  • Machine  milking, cooling of milk, cleaning of equipment
  • Farm Labour efficiency
  • AMS

Current Projects

  • Milk Quality
  • Control of trichloromethane (TCM)  residues in milk
  • Optimization of AMS for Irish pasture-based dairy farms by focusing on farmer and cow within the system
  • Investigation of chlorates in foods: using the dairy industry as a transferrable knowledge model
  • Control of trichloromethane (TCM) and chlorate residues in milk and development of alternative cleaning strategies


Ph.D. in Animal Science, University College Dublin
Master of Agriculture Science, University College Cork.
Diploma in Dairy Husbandry, Gurteen Agricultural College.
Certificate in Agriculture, Mountbellew Agricultural College


Milk quality research project leader: 2007 to present
Farm labour efficiency projects including calf rearing and milking frequency studies: 2000 to 2009 
Project leader - ‘farm facilities on small medium type dairy farms’ completed 2000.
Milking equipment efficiency projects at Ballyderown farm, 1983 to 2000 
Ph.D Completed 2008: ‘Evaluation of the effects of milking management on the pathological teat tissue changes and associated new infection risk of the bovine mammary gland’
M.Sc  completed 1998: ‘Effect of teatcup liner design, rubber formulation and aging on liner performance
Worked on Animal health projects on Brucellosis, TB and parturition.: 1981 to 1983
Dairy herd manager at Moorepark and Ballyragget farms: 1979/1981.