Brian McDonnell

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Brian McDonnell is from Raheny, Co. Dublin. He has an honours degree in Sustainable Agriculture from Dundalk IT. He has worked on dairy and beef farms in both Ireland and the UK, including Teagasc Grange and a large-scale 650-cow dairy farm which also had a 1,200 animal youngstock-rearing farm in Scotland. He has a keen interest in agriculture and particularly the dairy sector and in his spare time is active in local rugby and golf.

Time for parlour training to begin on your farm
Time for parlour training to begin on your farm

The parlour training of your in-calf heifers, is a job that can begin over the coming days and weeks on...

Dairy advice: Preparing for adverse weather conditions on farm
Dairy advice: Preparing for adverse weather conditions on farm

Colder night-time and daytime temperatures are starting to set in, with the country already experiencing freezing weather conditions. Colder conditions...

How the use of brisket boards prevents mastitis
How the use of brisket boards prevents mastitis

Dirty cubicles could be a sign that the brisket boards within your cubicle shed are incorrectly positioned. During the housed...

Drying-off: Maintaining standards for final cows
Drying-off: Maintaining standards for final cows

The drying-off of cows is ongoing on farms, with many farms now approaching the final few cows that are still...

Dairy advice: Grouping cows this winter
Dairy advice: Grouping cows this winter

Grouping cows when housed this winter, will allow for better management and ensure that they are in the correct body...

Dairy advice: Drier conditions see a return to grazing for some
Dairy advice: Drier conditions see a return to grazing for some

Although cows on many farms cows will not see grass again until spring, in some areas grazing has resumed. The...

Dairy advice: Manging heifer calves during winter months
Dairy advice: Manging heifer calves during winter months

Continued monitoring of your heifer calves is vital to ensure that growth targets are achieved ahead of breeding next year....

Dairy advice: Farm roadways a worthwhile investment
Dairy advice: Farm roadways a worthwhile investment

Farm roadways play a vital part in our grass-based dairy production model, and continue to be a worthwhile investment for...

Dealing with mortellaro within your herd
Dealing with mortellaro within your herd

Mortellaro is an issue that many cattle farmers have to deal with; it is a stubborn hoof disease that can...

Focus: A look at the street food of Manila
Focus: A look at the street food of Manila

Street food is a significant part of the culture in Southeast Asia, with Agriland getting the opportunity to experience some...

Dairy advice: Lime during housed period
Dairy advice: Lime during housed period

Hydrated lime has an important role to play on dairy farms over the winter months in the prevention of mastitis...

Dairy advice: Getting organised for drying-off cows
Dairy advice: Getting organised for drying-off cows

As we move into November, planning must get underway for drying-off cows and ensuring that you have all of the...

Time to start looking for staff ahead of calving on farms
Time to start looking for staff ahead of calving on farms

As we enter into November, now is a good time of year for dairy farmers to start looking for staff...

Drying-off: Selecting the correct dates for cows
Drying-off: Selecting the correct dates for cows

Drying-off is going to be the next major event to occur on most dairy farms. There are a number of...

Drying-off: Getting to know the bacteria on your farm
Drying-off: Getting to know the bacteria on your farm

Ahead of drying-off cows, which on many farms will begin later this month, it is a good idea to determine...

Dairy advice: Time for tail clipping to take place
Dairy advice: Time for tail clipping to take place

As cows enter the shed and preparation for drying-off is getting underway, a job that should be completed over the...

Dairy advice: Time to get your calf shed in order
Dairy advice: Time to get your calf shed in order

Ensuring that the calf shed is ready for the arrival of calves should be a focus over the coming weeks...

Keep a close eye on BCS of autumn-calving cows
Keep a close eye on BCS of autumn-calving cows

Monitoring of body condition score (BCS) in winter milk cows is important at this stage of lactation, to ensure excess...