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Emer Kennedy

Research Officer

Research Interests

Emer is a Senior Research Officer

  • Grazing management
  • Flexible milking strategies e.g. once-a-day and 10 in 7 milking
  • Calf rearing
  • Colostrum management
  • Calf nutrition
  • Calf health
  • Calf welfare and behaviour
  • Replacement heifer management

Current Projects

  • Flexible milking strategies 
  • Early and late lactation once-a-day milking
  • Once-a-day milking
  • Cow calf contact
  • Investigating systems of calf rearing where the calf remains with its dam until weaning
  • Cow and calf welfare assessment
  • Assessing animal welfare in commercial Irish dairy farms
  • Colostrum quality and management
  • Vaccination strategies for pneumonia
  • Antimicrobial resistance in pre-weaning calf nutrition
  • Calf behaviour
  • Changes over time in normal calf behaviour
  • Post-weaning grazing management for replacement dairy heifers
  • Vistamilk funded investigator https://www.vistamilk.ie/ Many of the projects above are undertaken as part of the Vistamilk centre


PhD in Animal Science, University College Dublin (2006)
Bachelor of Agricultural Science, University College Dublin (2003)


July 2016 – present         Senior Research Officer (Teagasc)
Nov.2013 – June 2016     Research Officer (Teagasc)
July  - December 2012    Sabbatical – Dept. Primary Industries, Ellinbank, Australia
July 2008 – Nov.2013      Research Technologist (Teagasc)
Nov. 2006 – July 2008     Post Doctoral Researcher (Teagasc)
Oct 2003 – Oct 2006         Ph.D. in Agricultural Science, NUI, Dublin


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