Emer Kennedy

Emer graduated from UCD in 2003 with a B.Agr.Sc. in Animal and Crop Production.  Following this she went to Teagasc, Moorepark to undertake a PhD under the supervision of Dr. Michael O’Donovan.  She completed her PhD which was entitled ‘Increasing the proportion of grazed grass in the diet of the spring calving dairy cow in early lactation - the effects on milk production performance, grass dry matter intake and subsequent sward characteristics’ in 2006.  Since then Emer has been working on grazing management studies in Teagasc Moorepark.  Her most recent grazing management work area has focussed on the effects of post-grazing sward height on both animal and sward production.  In 2008 Emer began work on rearing replacement heifers and now has a large programme of work in progress which focuses on rearing the new born calf right up to the pre-calving stage.