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Noirin McHugh

Research Officer - Beef and Sheep Geneticist

Research Interests

  • Beef and sheep systems
  • Breeding Objectives
  • Genetic and genomic evaluations
  • Breeding programme design 

Current Projects

OVIGEN: Multi-breed sheep genetic and genomic evaluations (14/S/849)

MultiRepro: A multidisciplinary approach to improving the reproductive performance in the Irish sheep, beef and dairy populations (15/S/696)

GenCost: Genetics of cost production traits (11/S/133)

SusShep: Sustainable Sheep Production (Era-Net)

INZAC: Irish-New Zealand across country comparison of sheep genetic indexes

Education

BAgrSc Agricultural Science (Animal Science) University College Dublin 2008
PhD Genetics of animal price and live-weight University College Dublin 2011

Career

Upon completion of my PhD in 2011 joined Teagasc as a research officer. Irish sheep and beef research geneticist who devotes a considerable amount of time to the derivation of new phenotypes.

Leads a number of internal and external projects which focuses on improving the national cattle and sheep breeding objectives. Designed and stocked the on-going divergent research experiments in sheep and beef and currently runs the sheep trial. Works extremely closely with the Irish Cattle Breeding Federation and Sheep Ireland, the national bodies responsible for genetic evaluations for cattle and sheep.

 

Scientific Publications (peer reviewed)

Mc Hugh, N., Pabiou, T., Wall, E., McDermott, K., and Berry, D.P. 2017. Impact of alternative definitions of contemporary groups on genetic evaluations of lambing traits. Journal of Animal Science. 95:1926-1938.

Mc Hugh, N., Pabiou, T., McDermott, K., Wall, E., and Berry, D.P. 2017. Impact of birth and rearing type, as well as inaccuracy of recording, on pre-weaning lamb phenotypic and genetic merit for live weight. Translational Animal Science.

Coyne, J.M., Berry, D.P., Matilainen, K., Sevon-Aimonen, M.L., Mantysaari, E.A., Juga, J., Serenius, T., and Mc Hugh, N. 2017. Genetic (co)variance functions for live-weight, feed intake and efficiency measures in growing pigs. Journal of Animal Science. 95:3822-3832.

Byrne, D.T., Berry, D.P., Esmonde, H., and Mc Hugh, N. 2017. Temporal, spatial, inter- and intra- cow repeatability of thermal imaging.

Bohan, A., Shalloo, L., Malcolm, B., Ho, C.K.M., Creighton, P., Boland, T.M., and Mc Hugh, N. 2016. Description and Validation of the Teagasc Lamb Production Model. Agricultural Systems.148; 124-134.

Mc Hugh, N., Cromie, A.R., Evans, R.D., and Berry, D.P. 2014. Validation of national genetic evaluations for maternal beef cattle traits using Irish field data. J. Anim. Sci. 92; 1423-1432.

Refereed abstract at an international scientific conference

Crowley, J.J., McHugh, N., Evans, R.D. and Berry, D.P. (2010). Genetic associations between feed efficiency measured in a performance test station and performance in commercial beef herds. In: Proceedings of the 9th WCGALP, Leipzig, Germany, August 2010. Communication 0571.

McHugh, N., Fahey, A.G., Evans, R.D. and Berry, D.P. (2010). Genetic parameters for cattle prices routinely collected at livestock marts. In: Proceedings of the 9th WCGALP, Leipzig, Germany, August 2010. Communication 0657.

Technical Publications

McHugh, N., Meuwissen, T.H.E., Berry, D.P., Cromie, A.R. and Sonesson, A.K. (2010). Genomic selection in Irish dairy cattle.www.icbf.com

Coyne, J.M., Creighton, P. and McHugh, N. (2013). Mathematical modelling of lamb growth rate. In: Proceedings of the Agricultural Research Forum, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, 11th March, p51.

McHugh, N., Evans, R.D. and Cromie, A.R. (2013). Accuracy of Irish beef genetic evaluations. In: Proceedings of the Agricultural Research Forum, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, 12th March, p73.

McHugh, N., Wall, E. and Pabiou, T. (2013). Genetic Partameters for the Irish sheep population. In: Proceedings of the Agricultural Research Forum, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, 12th March, p66.

Minogue, D., Cromie, A., McGee, M., Minchin, W. and McHugh, N. (2013). The relationship between milk yield and predicted transmitting ability for maternal weaning weight across four cow breed types. In: Proceedings of the Agricultural Research Forum, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, 12th March.

McHugh, N. and Berry, D.P. (2013). Genomic selection, past, present, future - Irish Dairying-Harvesting the Potential. Teagasc Publication, Moorepark'13 Open Day, 3rd July, 73-74.

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