Our Organisation Search
Quick Links
Toggle: Topics

John F. Mee

Research Officer - Veterinary

Research Interests

Dairy cattle:

Herd health, Calf health, Heifer rearing, Dairy cow welfare, Biosecurity, Calving prediction, Dystocia, Congenital defects, Trace element deficiencies, Johne’s disease, Fertility performance, Salmonellosis, Mycoplasma bovis, Tick-borne diseases, Schmallenberg.

Beef cattle:

Calf health, Congenital joint laxity and dwarfism (CJLD), Herd health, Tick-borne diseases.

Sheep:

Lamb mortality, Ewe and lamb peripartuient behaviour, Tick-borne diseases.

Current Projects

A Principal Research Officer - with research projects across dairy, beef and sheep

Dairy:

  • Dairy calf housing and pneumonia.
  • Characterisation of contract rearing in Ireland and assessment of biosecurity and associated disease risks and outcomes.
  • The effect of growth rate on production and reproduction in replacement dairy heifers in seasonally calving, pasture-based systems.
  • Prediction of onset of calving from abdominal contractions using a novel computer vision system.
  • Surveillance, welfare and biosecurity of farm animals.
  • Smart farm innovation hub to advance precision dairy farm systems management by information communications technology.
  • Genetic and non-genetic congenital defects in the Irish national cattle population.
  • Evaluation of milk mineral profile throughout lactation.
  • Epidemiology and aetiology of bovine abortion and perinatal mortality.
  • Bovine intestinal atresia in Irish dairy and beef herds.
  • Placental pathology and bovine fetopathy.
  • Tissue and blood trace element concentrations and calf mortality.
  • Predictive machine learning models of calving assistance and difficulty in dairy heifers and cows.
  • Comparison of environmental sampling to conventional testing methods for the detection of herds infected with Mycobacterium avium subsp. Paratuberculosis.
  • PCR and next generation sequence analysis of tick-borne pathogens in Irish ruminant livestock, risk factors and control strategies

Beef:

  • Bovine intestinal atresia in Irish dairy and beef herds
  • Epidemiology and aetiology of perinatal mortality in beef suckler herds
  • PCR and next generation sequence analysis of tick-borne pathogens in Irish ruminant livestock, risk factors and control strategies

Sheep:

  • Lamb mortality and ewe and lamb behavior and during the periparturient period – effects of genotype and management
  • PCR and next generation sequence analysis of tick-borne pathogens in Irish ruminant livestock, risk factors and control strategies

Education

European Registered Specialist in Bovine Health Management (2004) (European Board of Veterinary Specialisation, Utrecht, The Netherlands).

National Registered Specialist in Bovine Health Management (2014) (Veterinary Council of Ireland).

National Registered Specialist in Bovine Perinatology (Veterinary Council of Ireland), (under application)

Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Specialist (under application)

PhD (1991) National University of Ireland, University College Dublin.

MVM (2013) National University of Ireland, University College Dublin.

Dip ECBHM (2004) European College of Bovine Health Management, Munich, Germany.

MVB (1984) National University of Ireland, University College Dublin.

Sabbatical scientist (1999) University of Melbourne and the Victorian Institute of Animal Science (VIAS), Melbourne, Australia.

Sabbatical scientist (1998) Dairying Research Corporation (DRC), Hamilton, New Zealand

Professional Membership

Society membership:

  • Animal Health Ireland (Chair/Founding member of Biosecurity Technical Working Group; Founding Member of Calf Health TWG), (AHI)
  • British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA)
  • Cattle Association of Veterinary Ireland (CAVI)
  • European College of Bovine Health Management (ECBHM)
  • European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP)
  • Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS)

Editorial Board membership:

Animal Reproduction Science, Irish Veterinary Journal (Deputy Editor), Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Veterinary Science Development (Section Editor) and Moorepark Open Day Book.

Listed hereunder is a recent (May, 2020) selection of the publications by John and co-authors classified by topic. A more complete list of Dr. Mee’s publications is available at:

Google Scholar: http://scholar.google.com/scholar?start=70&q=mee+jf&hl=en&as_sdt=0,5 or

Pubmed: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Mee+JF 

Calving and Calf Health

Stillbirths:

Dairy - Evaluation of an investigative model in dairy herds with high calf perinatal mortality rates in Switzerland.  Theriogenology, (2020), 148: 48-59. Mock, T., Mee, J.F., Dettwiler, M., Rodriguez-Campos, S, Hüsler, J, Michel, B, Häfliger, I, Drögemüller, C, Bodmer, M. and Hirsbrunner, G. 

Beef - Perinatal mortality in 23 beef herds in Orkney: incidence, risk factors and aetiology.  Veterinary Record, (2020), doi:10.1136/ vetrec-2019-105536, Norquay, R., Orr, J., Norquay, B., Ellis, K., Mee, J.F., Reeves, A., Scholes, S. and Geraghty, T.

Prolonged gestation:

Prolonged gestation in cattle and sheep.  In: The Merck Veterinary Manual (2020), Editor, Line, S, MSD/Merck Veterinary Manual Publishing, New Jersey, USA, p. 1-11 (in press), Mee, J.F.

Abortion:

Bovine abortion. In: Bovine Prenatal, Perinatal and Neonatal Medicine, (2020),  Editors: Szenci, O., Mee, J.F., Bleul, U. and Taverne, M.A.M., Hungarian Association for Buiatrics, Chapter 11, p. 1-12, (in press), Mee, J.F.

Congenital defects:

Genetic and non-genetic congenital defects in cattle. In: Bovine Prenatal, Perinatal and Neonatal Medicine, (2020),  Editors: Szenci, O., Mee, J.F., Bleul, U. and Taverne, M.A.M., Hungarian Association for Buiatrics, Chapter 12, p. 1-10, (in press), Mee, J.F.

Calving:

Come gestire il parto per migliorare la salute di vacca e vitello.  Summa Animala da Reddito, (2018), 60: 9-13., Mee, J.F.

Neonatal calf care:

Invited plenary: Intensive care of the newborn dairy calf – knowledge into practice. In: Proceedings of the 30th World Buiatrics Congress, (2018), Sapporo, Japan, 28 Aug – 1 Sep, p. 85-89, Mee, J.F.

Dystocia:

A comparison of 4 predictive models of calving assistance and difficulty in dairy heifers and cows.  Journal of Dairy Science, (2017), 100: 9746-9758,   Fenlon, C., O'Grady, L., Mee, J.F., Butler, S., Doherty, M.L. and Dunnion, J.

Calf health:

Invited plenary: Calf health - progress to date, current priorities and future perspectives.  In: Proceedings of the 50th National Congress of the Italian Association of Buiatrics, (2018), Bologna, Italy, 10-Oct, p. 30-32. Mee, J.F.

Dairy - Managing calves/youngstock to optimise dairy herd health.  In: Improving Dairy Herd Health, (2020), Editor, Bouchard, E., Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, Cambridge, UK, Chapter 11, p. 1-41 (in press) Mee, J.F.

Beef – Invited plenary: Morbidity and mortality in extensively reared beef calves. In: Proceedings of Congreso Internacional Anembe de Medicina Bovina, (2019), Sevilla, Spain, 22-24 May, p. 120-126, Mee, J.F.

Contract heifer rearing:

Demography and potential biosecurity threats associated with contract dairy heifer rearing. In: Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Production Diseases in Farm Animals (ICPD), (2019), 27-29 June, Bern, Switzerland, p. 154. McCarthy, M., Kenneally, J., Byrne, N., O’Grady, L. and Mee, J.F.

Herd Health and Welfare

Antimicrobial resistance:

Responsible use of antimicrobials in farm animals. Today’s Farm, (2019), 30: 18-19. Mee, J.F. and Earley, B.

Farm Blindness:

Invited Review: Denormalising poor dairy youngstock management – dealing with ‘farm-blindness’, Journal of Animal Science, (2020), (in press, July) doi:10.1093/jas/skaa137, p. 1-10. Mee J.F.

Herd health:

Disease screening profiles and colostrum management practices on 16 Irish suckler beef farms. Irish Veterinary Journal, (2015), 68 (1):1, O’Shaughnessy, J., Earley, B., Barrett, D., Doherty, M., Crosson, P., de Waal T. and Mee, J.F.

Welfare:

Invited Review: Assessing whether dairy cow welfare is “better” in pasture-based than in confinement-based management systems.  New Zealand Veterinary Journal, (2020), doi.org/10.1080/00480169.2020.1721034, p. 1-10. Mee, J.F. and Boyle, L.A.

Lameness:

Perceptions about the causes, treatment and prevention of lameness in a pasture-based dairy industry. In: Proceedings of the 16th International Congress on Production Diseases in Farm Animals, (2016), Wageningen, The Netherlands, p.37, Marchewka, J., Mee, J.F. and Boyle, L.

Nutrition:

Impacts of nutrition pre-calving on periparturient dairy cow health and neonatal calf health. Recent Advances in Animal Nutrition (2014), 37-59. Mee, J.F.

Infectious diseases

Johne’s disease:

Paratuberculosis - what new can we learn using social network analysis?   In: Proceedings of the 30th World Buiatrics Congress, Sapporo, Japan, (2018), 28-Aug - 1 Sep, p. 264. Sanchez-Miguel, C, Crilly, J. and Mee, J.F.

Salmonellosis:

Sensitivity, specificity and predictive probability values of serum agglutination test titres for the diagnosis of Salmonella Dublin culture-positive bovine abortion and stillbirth. Transboundary & Emerging Diseases. (2017), DOI: 10/1111/tbed.12784, p. 1-11. Sánchez-Miguel, C, Crilly, J., Grant, J. and Mee, J.F.

Neosporosis & Leptospirosis:

Are we misdiagnosing many Neospora and Leptospira-positive bovine aborted and stillborn foetuses using fetal serology? Reproduction in Domestic Animals (2016), 51(S2): 116, Mee. J.F., Sanchez-Miguel, C, Nosov, M. and Gilmore, J.

Mycoplasma bovis:

Invited plenary: Mycoplasma bovis – clinical perspectives from endemically infected countries; Australia and Ireland.  In: Proceedings of the 36th World (Virtual) Veterinary Association Congress, (2020), Auckland, New Zealand, 5-7th April, Vol. III: 105-108. Mee, J.F., House, J. and McAloon, C.

Parasites:

Comparisons of Ixodes Ricinus populations in adjacent habitats on a pasture-based dairy farm. In: Proceedings of the 27th Conference of the World Association for Advancement of Veterinary Parasitology, (2019), 7-11 July, Madison, USA, p. 181-182. Zaid, T., Brosnan, S., Schmidt, O., Newton, J., Browne, J., Dubourdieu, T., Gray, J., O’Connor, J., Mee, J.F. and Zintl, A. 

Controlling nematodes in dairy calves using targeted selective treatments. Veterinary Parasitology (2015), 209, 221-228, O’Shaughnessy, J., Earley, B., Mee, J.F., Doherty, M., Crosson, P., Barrett, D., and de Waal, T.

Schmallenberg:

Pathogenicity and teratogenicity of Schmallenberg virus and Akbane virus in experimentally infected chicken embryos.  Veterinary Microbiology, (2018), 216: 31-37, Collins, Á. B., Mee, J.F. and Kirkland, D.

Biosecurity:

Bioexclusion of diseases from dairy and beef farms: Risks of introducing infectious agents and risk reduction strategies. The Veterinary Journal, (2012), 194: 143-150, Mee, J.F., Geraghty, T., O’Neill, R. and More, S.

Vaccination:

Cattle vaccination information leaflet for Irish farmers, advisors and vets. AHI Biosecurity Leaflet Series, (2019), p. 1-9. Mee, J.F., Citer, L., Conroy, S., Cowley, B., Kirwan, P., McAloon, C., Moriarty, J., O’Grady, L., Ramsbottom, G., Ryan, E. and Sexton, M.

Reproductive Physiology and Performance

Declining fertility:

Invited plenary: Reversing dairy cow reproductive decline. In: Proceedings of the 36th World (Virtual) Veterinary Association Congress, (2020), Auckland, New Zealand, 5-7th April, Vol. I:137-139. Mee, J.F.

Reproductive disorders:

Risk factors for reproductive disorders (metritis, endometritis, cystic ovaries, anovulation, low conception rate, embryonic mortality) in dairy cows. Cattle Practice, (2014), 22: 42-53, Mee, J.F.

Management systems:

Reproductive issues arising from different management systems in the dairy industry. Reproduction in Domestic Animals, (2012) 47: 42-50, Mee, J.F.

Hormonal protocols:

Invited plenary: Heat detection or hormonal intervention in dairy cows - which should vets advise? In: Proceedings of the XX International Congress of AEMV-UTAD, (2017), 14th & 15th Oct, Villa Real, Portugal, p. 1-3, Mee, J.F.

Heifer reproduction:

The effect of growth rate on reproductive outcomes in replacement dairy heifers in seasonally calving, pasture-based systems, Journal of Dairy Science, (2019) 102: 5599-5611, Hayes C.J., McAloon, C, Carty, C, Ryan, E, Mee, J.F. and O’Grady, L.

Invited, international, oral conference & workshop presentations (2010-2020):

World Buiatrics Congresses (WBC): Madrid, Spain (2020/21), Sapporo, Japan (2018),  Dublin   (2016), Cairns, Australia (2014), Lisbon, Portugal (2012), Santiago, Chile (2010), (all plenary keynotes)

World Veterinary Association Conferences (WVAC): Auckland, New Zealand, (2020), Prague, Czech Republic (2013)

International Calf Conference (ICC): Afyon, Turkey (2020/21)

European Association for Animal Production (EAAP): Stavanger, Norway, (2011)

European Buiatrics Forum: Bilbao, Spain (2017)

European Congress on Bovine Health Management: Liege, Belgium, (2011)

European Society of Domestic Animal Reproduction (ESDAR) Annual Conferences:  Saint Petersburg, Russia, (2019), Bern, Switzerland, (2017), Lisbon, Portugal, (2016), Helsinki, Finland, (2014), Dublin, (2012)

Middle European Buiatrics Congress (MEBC): Ostlyn, Poland (2020/21)

European Veterinary Surveillance Network (EVSN): Backweston, (2014, 2015)

Aeicbas Biomedical Congress: Porto, Portugal, (2015)

AEMV-UTAD International Lecture Series: Vila Real, Portugal, (2017)

Anembe Congreso Internacional  de Medicina Bovina: Santiago de Compostela, Spain, (2016), Sevilla, Spain (2019)

Argentinian Buiatrics Association: Tandil, Argentina, (2010)

Bulgarian Buiatrics Association Cattle Seminar: Pravets, Bulgaria (2019)

British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA) Annual Conferences: Southport, (2015), (awarded best oral presentation prize); Hinckley, (2014).

Cattle Association of Veterinary Ireland (CAVI) Annual Conferences: Cork, (2017), Mullingar, (2015), Fermoy, (2010).

Congress on Controversies & Consensus, in Bovine Health, Industry &  Economics (CoBo), Berlin, Germany, (2015)

Congreso Internacional de Medicos Veterinarios Zooteenistas Especialistas en Bovinos de la Comarca Lagunera: Coahuila, Mexico, (2013)

Dairy Research Communication and Extension Event: Guelph, Canada, (2013)

Diploma in Bovine Reproduction, University of Liverpool, UK, (2020, 2018, 2016, 2014, 2012, 2010)

Dyrlaeger & Ko, Veterinary Practitioner Calf Health CPD Meeting, (2019), Hovborg Kro, Denmark.

Dutch Calf Health Symposium: Apeldoon, The Netherlands, (2018)

Healthy Calf Conferences: Ontario, Canada, (2016)

International Congresses of the Hungarian Association for Buiatrics: Budapest, (2015), Eger, (2010), Hungary

International Conference on Production Diseases in Farm Animals. (2019), Bern, Switzerland,

International Farm Animal Congress of XLVets:  Cork, (2013)

International Workshop on Calving Management and Calf Health: Palazzolo dello Stella, Italy, (2011)

International Workshop on CJLD: Backweston, (2011)

Iranian Veterinary Association Annual Congress: Tehran, Iran, (2010)

Italian Buiatrics Association Annual Conference: Bologna, Italy (2018)

Jornadas Internacionales sobre Medicina Reprodcutiva Bovina, (2019), Valencia, Spain

Jornadas da Associaco Portuguesa de Buiatria: Ilhavo, (2013), Portugal

Konferencja Weterynaryjna, Uniwersytet Warminsko-Mazurski w Olstynie: Lichen, Poland (2018), Ciechanowiec, Poland, (2014),

Nottingham Cattle Fertility  Annual Conference: Nottingham, UK, (2013)

Ontario Association of Bovine Practitioners Conference, (2019),  Guelph, Canada

Polish Academy of Sciences Seminar on Welfare in  Farm Animals: Magdalenka, Poland (2016)

Polish Society of Veterinary Sciences Annual Congress: Wroclaw, Poland, (2012)

PPP-Symposia: Zurich, Switzerland, (2014), Eger, Hungary (2010)

Progeo Societa Cooperativa Agricola Seminar on Calf Health (2019), Reggio Emilia, Italy

SAC Veterinary Practitioner CPD Events: Dumfries, St Boswells, Perth and Aberdeen, Scotland (2015)

SAC VIO Harmonisation Symposia: Perth, Scotland, (2015)

Simposium Lechero Internacional: Aguascalientes, Mexico, (2012)

Societa Italiana Buiatria Calf Health Workshop: Bologna, Italy (2019)

South Western Ontario Annual Dairy Symposium: Woodstock, Canada, (2013)

Studienamiddag: Veepeiler Rund: Ghent University, Belgium, (2016)

Turkish 1st International Herd Health & Management Conference: Antalya, Turkey (2018)

Turkish 1st International Sheep & Goat Health Conference:  Kyrenia-Cyprus (2019)

University of Nottingham Annual Feed Conference: Nottingham, UK, (2013)

University Veterinary Hospital (UVH) Annual Conference: UCD, Dublin, (2011)

VET Trust Annual Conferences: Stirling, Scotland, (2015)

Veterinary Laboratory Services (VLS) Annual Scientific Seminars: Backweston, (2010)

Western Canadian Dairy Symposia (WCDS): Alberta, Canada, (2012)

Wroclaw University Annual Conferences on Cow and Calf Health: Wroclaw, Poland, (2011-2019)

Offered, oral and poster presentations at national & international conferences & workshops (2010-2020):

World Association for Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians Annual Conference

World Buiatrics Congresses

World Veterinary Association Conference

International Conference on Lameness in Ruminants

International Conference on Production Diseases in Farm Animals

International Congress on Animal Reproduction

International Congress of the Hungarian Association for Buiatrics

International Dairy Federation International Symposium on Minerals & Dairy Products

International Farm Management Association Annual Congress

International Society for Animal Ethology Annual Conference

International Stillbirth Alliance Annual Conference

International Symposium on Advances in Milking

International Symposium on Animal Functional Genomics

International Workshop on the Assessment of Animal Welfare at Farm and Group Level

European Association for Animal Production

European Buiatrics Forum

European Conference on Precision Agriculture

European Congress on Bovine Health Management

European Congress on Precision Livestock Farming

European Grassland Federation Annual Conference

European Society of Domestic Animal Reproduction

European Society of Veterinary Entomology Annual Congress

European Veterinary Parasitology  Annual Conference

European Veterinary Surveillance Network  Annual Conference

Agricultural Research Forum

All-Island State Veterinarian’s  Annual Conference

American Association of Bovine Practitioners

Anembe Congreso Internacional  de Medicina Bovina

Animal Health Ireland Annual Conferences

Assessment of Animal Welfare at Farm and Group Level

Association for Veterinary Teachers and Research Workers Ireland & UK

Australian Association for Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians

British Cattle Veterinary Association

British Society of Animal Science

Cattle Association of Veterinary Ireland

Congress on Controversies & Consensus, in Bovine Health, Industry &  Economics

Irish Grassland Association Annual Conference

Irish Society for Veterinary Parasitology Annual Conference

Jornadas da Associaco Portuguesa de Buiatria

Mid-Western Veterinary Clinical Society

Middle European Buiatrics Congress

Society of Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

Mentoring postgraduate students:

Marie-Claire McCarthy, MRCVS - Characterisation of contract rearing in Ireland and associated biosecurity and animal disease risks and outcome, (PhD, University College Dublin)

John Donlon, MRCVS - Associations between dairy calf housing environmental variables and prevalence of calf respiratory disease, (PhD, University College Dublin)

Niamh Field, MRCVS - Comparison of environmental sampling to conventional testing methods for the detection of herds infected with Mycobacterium avium subsp. Paratuberculosis, (PhD, University College Dublin)

Dwayne Shields, BAgSci - Ewe and lamb behaviour and lamb mortality during the periparturient period – effects of genotype and management, (PhD, co-supervised with Tim Keady)

Ciara Hayes, MRCVS - The effect of growth rate on production and reproduction in replacement dairy heifers in seasonally calving, pasture-based systems, (DVMS, University College Dublin)

Taher Zaid, BSc - Distribution and prevalence of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu latu genospecies, Anaplasma phagocytophilum and Babesia divergens in Irish questing nymphal ticks, (PhD, University College Dublin)

Rhona Norquay, BVetMed - Epidemiology and aetiology of perinatal mortality in Scottish beef suckler herds, (MVM, University of Glasgow, Scotland)

David Krol, DVM - Role of infectious agents in stillbirths in Polish dairy herds, (PhD, Wroclaw University of Life Sciences, Poland)

Hans van Loo, DVM - Epidemiology and pathology of bovine abortion in Belgium, (PhD, University of Ghent, Belgium)

Thomas Mock, DVM - Risk factors, necropsy findings and genetic analysis of perinatal calf mortality in Swiss dairy farms, (MVM, University of Bern, Switzerland)

John also mentors undergraduate veterinary students from the School of Veterinary Medicine, UCD as part of their CEMS.

Lecturing students:

Module Leader & lecturer on the Bachelor in Dairy Business Degree (School of Agriculture, UCD)

Module Leader & lecturer on the Bachelor in Agricultural Science Degree (Dairy Science Department, UCC)

Lecturer on the Professional Diploma in Dairy Farm Management course (School of Agriculture, UCD)

Invited lecturer on the Bachelor in Veterinary Medicine Degree course (School of Veterinary Medicine, UCD)

Invited lecturer on the Bachelor in Agricultural Science Degree course (Waterford Institute of Technology)

Invited lecturer on the Postgraduate Diploma in Cattle & Small Ruminant Health (Faculty of Vet. Science, Szent Istvan University, Budapest, Hungary)

Invited lecturer on the Postgraduate Certificate in Dairy Herd Health (School of Veterinary Medicine, UCD)

Invited lecturer/demonstrator on the Postgraduate Diploma in Bovine Reproduction (Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, University of Liverpool, UK).

Invited lecturer on the QQI Fetac 6 Ruminant Nutrition Course (Teagasc, Moorepark Research Centre)

Invited lecturer for the Farm Animal Veterinary Students (FAVS) Society. (School of Veterinary Medicine, UCD)