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Karina Pierce

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of Agriculture & Food Science
Agriculture and Food Science
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7167774
Email: karina.pierce@ucd.ie

Biography

1997-2001: B.Agr.Sc - University College Dublin - Animal Science
2001-2004: PhD - University College Dublin - Animal Nutrition
2004-2006: Animal Nutritionist - Brett Brothers Ltd, Co. Kilkenny.
2006-2007: Postdoctural Researcher - University College Dublin - Swine Nutrition
Present Position: Lecturer in Dairy Production - School of Agriculture and Food Science, University College Dublin.

Professional

 

Associations

Association: Agricultural Science Association, Function/Role: Past President
Association: American Dairy Science Association, Function/Role: Member
                       

Publications

 

Book Chapters

Begley, N., K. Pierce and F. Buckley; (2009) 'Milk production, udder health, body condition score and fertility performance of Holstein-Friesian, Norwegian Red and Norwegian Red×Holstein-Friesian cows on Irish dairy farms' In: Marija Klopcic, Reinhard Reents, Jan Philipsson and Abele Kuipers (eds). Breeding for robustness in cattle. EAAP publication no. 126: Wageningen Academic Publishers. , pp.191-198 [Details]
O'Doherty, J.V., Pierce, K.M. and Kenny, D.A.; (2005) 'Fermentable fibre and gut health in non- and pre-ruminants' In: O'Doherty, J.V., Pierce, K.M. and Kenny, D.A.; (eds). Recent Advances in Animal Nutrition. Nottingham, UK: Nottingham University Press. [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

Pierce, KM; Sweeney, T; Brophy, PO; Callan, JJ; McCarthy, P; O'Doherty, JV; ; (2005) 'Dietary manipulation post weaning to improve piglet performance and gastro-intestinal health'. Journal of Animal Science, 81 (NA):347-356. [DOI] [Details]
Pierce, KM; Sweeney, T; Brophy, PO; Callan, JJ; Fitzpatrick, E; McCarthy, P; O'Doherty, JV; ; (2006) 'The effect of lactose and inulin on intestinal morphology, selected microbial populations and volatile fatty acid concentrations in the gastro-intestinal tract of the weanling pig'. Journal of Animal Science, 82 :311-318. [DOI] [Details]
Pierce, KM; Sweeney, T; Callan, JJ; Byrne, C; McCarthy, P; O'Doherty, JV; ; (2006) 'The effect of inclusion of a high lactose supplement in finishing diets on nutrient digestibility, nitrogen excretion, volatile fatty acid concentrations and ammonia emission from boars'. Animal Feed Science and Technology, 125 (1-2):45-60. [DOI] [Details]
Pierce, K.M., Sweeney, T., Brophy, P.O., Callan, J.J., Fitzpatrick, E., McCarthy, P. & O'Doherty, J.V.; (2006) 'The effect of lactose and inulin on intestinal morphology, selected microbial populations and volatile fatty acid concentrations in the gastro-intestinal tract of the weanling pig'. Animal Science, 82 :311-318. [DOI] [Details]
Pierce, K.M., Callan, J.J., McCarthy, P. and O'Doherty, J.V.; (2007) 'The interaction between lactose level and crude protein concentrations on piglet post-weaning performance, nitrogen metabolism, selected faecal microbial populations and faecal volatile fatty acid concentrations'. Animal Feed Science and Technology, 132 (1):267-282. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Garry, BP,Pierce, KM,O'Doherty, JV; (2007) 'The effect of phase-feeding on the growth performance, carcass characteristics and nitrogen balance of growing and finishing pigs'. Irish Journal of Agricultural Research, 46 :93-104. [Details]
Reilly, P,O'Doherty, JV,Pierce, KM,Callan, JJ,O'Sullivan, JT,Sweeney, T; (2008) 'The effects of seaweed extract inclusion on gut morphology, selected intestinal microbiota, nutrient digestibility, volatile fatty acid concentrations and the immune status of the weaned pig'. Animal, 2 :1465-1473. [DOI] [Details]
J. Coleman, K.M. Pierce, D.P. Berry, A. Brennan, B. Horan ; (2009) 'The influence of genetic selection and feed system on the reproductive performance of spring-calving dairy cows within future pasture-based production systems'. Journal of Dairy Science, 92 (10):5258-5269. [DOI] [Details]
Begley, N,Buckley, F,Burnside, EB,Schaeffer, L,Pierce, K,Mallard, BA; (2009) 'Immune responses of Holstein and Norwegian Red x Holstein calves on Canadian dairy farms'. Journal of Dairy Science, 92 :518-525. [DOI] [Details]
Begley, N,Buckley, F,Pierce, KM,Fahey, AG,Mallard, BA; (2009) 'Differences in udder health and immune response traits of Holstein-Friesians, Norwegian Reds, and their crosses in second lactation'. Journal of Dairy Science, 92 :749-757. [DOI] [Details]
J. Coleman, K. M. Pierce, D. P. Berry, A. Brennan and B. Horan ; (2010) 'Dry matter intake and feed efficiency profiles of 3 genotypes of Holstein-Friesian within pasture-based systems of milk production'. Journal of Dairy Science, 92 (2):4318-4331. [DOI] [Details]
J. Coleman, K.M. Pierce, D.P. Berry, A. Brennan, B. Horan ; (2010) 'Increasing milk solids production across lactation through genetic selection and intensive pasture-based feed system'. Journal of Dairy Science, 93 (9):4302-4317. [DOI] [Details]
R. Prendiville, K.M. Pierce, F. Buckley ; (2010) 'A comparison between Holstein-Friesian and Jersey dairy cows and their F1 cross with regard to milk yield, somatic cell score, mastitis, and milking characteristics under grazing conditions'. Journal of Dairy Science, 93 (6):2741-2750. [DOI] [Details]
R. Prendiville, K.M. Pierce, F. Buckley; (2010) 'An evaluation of production efficiencies among lactating Holstein-Friesian, Jersey, and Jersey×Holstein-Friesian cows at pasture'. Journal of Dairy Science, 93 (5):2176-2184. [DOI] [Details]
Prendiville, R,Lewis, E,Pierce, KM,Buckley, F; (2010) 'Comparative grazing behavior of lactating Holstein-Friesian, Jersey, and Jersey x Holstein-Friesian dairy cows and its association with intake capacity and production efficiency'. Journal of Dairy Science, 93 :764-774. [DOI] [Details]
Leonard, S.G., Sweeney, T., Pierce, K.M., Bahar, B., Lynch, B.P., O'Doherty, J.V. ; (2010) 'The effects of maternal dietary supplementation with seaweed extract and fish oil on the humoral immune response and performance of suckling piglets'. Animal Science, 88 (9):2988-2997. [Details]
Leonard SG, Sweeney T, Pierce KM, Bahar B, Lynch BP and O'Doherty JV. ; (2010) 'The effects of supplementing the diet of the sow with seaweed extracts and fish oil on aspects of gastrointestinal health and performance of the weaned piglet'. British Journal of Nutrition, 134 :135-138. [Details]
O'Doherty, J.V., Gahan, D.A., O'Shea, C., Callan, J.J., Pierce, K.M.; (2010) 'Effects of phytase and 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 inclusions on the performance, mineral balance and bone parameters of grower-finisher pigs fed low-phosphorus diets'. Animal, 4 (10):1634-1640. Available Online [Details]
Reilly, P., Sweeney, T., O'Shea, C., Pierce, K.M., Figat, S., Smith, A.G., Gahan, D.A., O'Doherty, J.V.; (2010) 'The effect of cereal-derived beta-glucans and exogenous enzyme supplementation on intestinal microflora, nutrient digestibility, mineral metabolism and volatile fatty acid concentrations in finisher pigs'. Animal Feed Science and Technology, 158 (3-4):165-176. Available Online [Details]
Reilly, P., Sweeney, T., Smith, A.G., Pierce, K.M., Gahan, D.A., Callan, J.J., O'Doherty, J.V.; (2010) 'The effects of cereal-derived beta-glucans and enzyme supplementation on intestinal microbiota, nutrient digestibility and mineral metabolism in pigs'. Livestock Science, 133 (1-3):144-147. [DOI] [Details]
Leonard, S.G., Sweeney, T., Pierce, K.M., Bahar, B., Lynch, B.P., O'Doherty, J.V.; (2010) 'The effects of supplementing the diet of the sow with seaweed extracts and fish oil on aspects of gastrointestinal health and performance of the weaned piglet'. Livestock Science, 134 (1-3):135-138. [DOI] [Details]
Smith, A.G., Reilly, P., Sweeney, T., Pierce, K.M., Gahan, D.A., Callan, J.J., O'Doherty, J.V. (2010) 'The effect of cereal type and exogenous enzyme supplementation on intestinal microbiota and nutrient digestibility in finisher pigs'. Livestock Science, 133 (1-3):148-150. [DOI] [Details]
Leonard, S.G., Sweeney, T., Bahar, B., Pierce, K.M., Lynch, B.P., O'Doherty, J.V.; (2010) 'The effects of maternal dietary supplementation with seaweed extract and fish oil on the humoral immune response and performance of suckling piglets'. Livestock Science, 134 (1-3):211-241. Available Online [Details]
R. Prendiville, K.M. Pierce, L. Delaby and F. Buckley; (2011) 'Animal performance and production efficiencies of Holstein-Friesian, Jersey and Jersey×Holstein-Friesian cows throughout lactation'. Livestock Science, 138 :25-33. [DOI] [Details]
Whelan, S.J., Mulligan, F.J., Flynn, B., McCarney, C., Pierce, K.M.; (2011) 'Effect of forage source and a supplementary methionine hydroxy analog on nitrogen balance in lactating dairy cows offered a low crude protein diet'. Journal of Dairy Science, 94 :5080-5089. [DOI] [Details]
Meade, G, Pierce, K, O'Doherty, J V, Müller, C, Lanigan, G, Mc Cabe, T (2011) 'Ammonia and nitrous oxide emissions following land application of high and low nitrogen pig manures to winter wheat at three growth stages'. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment, 140 :208-217. [Details]
S. J. Whelan, F. J. Mulligan, B. Flynn, C. McCarney and K. M. Pierce ; (2011) 'Effect of forage source and a supplementary methionine hydroxyl analogue on nitrogen balance in lactating dairy cows offered a low crude protein diet'. Journal of Dairy Science, 94 :5080-5089. [DOI] [Details]
B. McCarthy, L. Delaby, K.M. Pierce, F. Journot and B. Horan; (2011) 'Meta-analysis of the impact of stocking rate on the productivity of pasture-based milk production systems'. Animal, 5:5 :784-794. [DOI] [Details]
R. Prendiville, L. Shalloo, K.M. Pierce and F. Buckley (2012) 'Comparative performance and economic appraisal of Holstein-Friesian, Jersey and Jersey×Holstein-Friesian cows under seasonal pasture-based management'. Irish Journal of Agricultural and Food Research, 50 (2):123-140. [Details]
McCarthy B, Pierce KM, Delaby L, Brennan A and Horan B (2012) 'The effect of stocking rate and calving date on milk production and dry matter intake of Holstein-Friesian dairy cows'. Journal of Dairy Science, 97 (3):1693-1706. [DOI] [Details]
Archbold H, Shalloo L, Kennedy, E, Pierce KM and Buckley F (2012) 'Influence of age, body weight and body condition score before mating start date on the pubertal rate of maiden Holstein Friesian heifers and implications for subsequent cow performance and profitability'. Animal, 6 (7):1143-1151. [DOI] [Details]
Whelan, S. J., K. M. Pierce, B. Flynn, and F. J. Mulligan (2012) 'Effect of supplemental concentrate type on milk production and metabolic status in early-lactation dairy cows grazing perennial ryegrass-based pasture'. Journal of Dairy Science, 95 (8):4541-4549. [DOI] [Details]
T. Sweeney, C. B. Collins, P. Reilly, K. M. Pierce, M. Ryan and J. V. O¿Doherty (2012) 'Effect of purified b-glucans derived from Laminaria digitata, Laminaria hyperborea and Saccharomyces cerevisiae on piglet performance, selected bacterial populations, volatile fatty acids and pro-inflammatory cytokines in the gastrointestinal tract of pigs'. British Journal of Nutrition, 108 (7):1226-1234. [DOI] [Details]
Whelan, S. J., K. M. Pierce, B. Flynn, and F. J. Mulligan (2012) 'Effect of supplementary concentrate type on nitrogen partitioning in early lactation dairy cows offered perennial ryegrass-based pasture'. Journal of Dairy Science, 95 :4468-4477. [DOI] [Details]
Meade, G., Pierce, K., O'Doherty, J.V., Mueller, C., Hepp, S., Lanigan, G. and Mc Cabe, T. (2012) 'Gaseous emissions of methane and carbon dioxide following land application of high and low nitrogen pig manures to winter wheat at three key crop growth stages'. Journal of Agricultural Science, 140 :208-217. [DOI] [Details]
B. McCarthy, L.Delaby, K.M Pierce, A. Brennan and B.Horan (2013) 'The effect of stocking rate and calving date on milk production of Holstein Friesian dairy cows'. Livestock Science, 153 (1-3):123-134. Available Online [Details]
McDonald, R., K.M. Pierce, R. Fealy, B. Horan (2013) 'Characteristics, intentions and expectations of new entrant dairy farmers entering the Irish dairy industry through the New Entrant Scheme'. International Journal of Agricultural Management, 2 (4):189-198. [DOI] [Details]
Whelan, S. J., Mulligan, F. J., Callan, J. J., Flynn, B., Pierce, K. M. (2013) 'Effect of forage source and a supplementary methionine hydroxyl analogue on rumen fermentation parameters in lactating dairy cows offered a low crude protein diet'. Animal Feed Science and Technology, 183 (1-2):62-66. [DOI] [Details]
Al Ibrahim, R. M., Whelan, S. J., Pierce, K. M., Campion, D. P., Gath, V. P., Mulligan, F. J. (2013) 'Effect of timing of post-partum introduction to pasture and supplementation with Saccharomyces cerevisiae on milk production, metabolic status, energy balance and some reproductive parameters in early lactation dairy cows'. Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition, 97 :105-114. [DOI] [Details]
S. Walsh, F. Buckley, K. Pierce, N. Byrne, J. Patton and P. Dillon; (2008) 'Effect of Breed and Feed system on Reproductive Performance and Postpartum Ovarian Function'. Journal of dairy science, . [Details]
Walsh, S., Buckley, F., Berry, D.P., Rath, M., Pierce, K., Byrne, N. and Dillon P.; (2007) 'Effect of Breed and Feed system on Udder Health and Milking Characteristics'. Journal of Dairy Science, 90 :5767-5779. [Details]
Pierce, K.M., Callan, J.J., McCarthy, P. and O'Doherty, J.V.; (2005) 'Performance of weanling pigs offered low or high lactose diets supplemented with avilamycin or inulin'. Journal of Animal Science, 80 :313-318. [DOI] [Details]
Pierce, K.M., Callan, J.J., McCarthy, P. and O'Doherty, J.V. ; (2004) 'Effects of high dietary concentrations of lactose and increased soya-bean meal inclusion in starter diets for piglets'. Journal of Animal Science, 79 :445-452. [DOI] [Details]

Other Journals

Whelan, S. J., Mulligan, F. J., Pierce, K. M (2013) 'Nitrogen efficiency in contrasting dairy production systems' Advances in Animal Biosciences 4:s1 :9-14. [DOI] [Details]
Pierce, K. M., Al Ibrahim, R. M., Palladino, R. A., Whelan, S. J., Mulligan, F. J. (2013) 'Short Communication: Effect of timing of introduction to pasture post calving and supplementation with Saccharomyces cerevisiae on milk fatty acid profiles in early lactation dairy cows' Food and Nutritional Sciences 4 :45-50. [DOI] [Details]

Conference Publications

O'Doherty J.V., Pierce, K.M. and Kenny, D.A.; (2005) Fermentable fibre and gut health in non- and pre-ruminants Proceedings of the 39th University of Nottingham Feed Conference [Details]
                                                                                                                 

Research

Research Interests

Nitrogen metabolism in dairy cows
Supplementation strategies for dairy cows in grass based systems to reduce environmental impact
Supplementation strategies for dairy cows in grass based systems to improve milk composition
Reducing nitrogen excretion, ammonia, nitrous oxide and methane emissions from ruminants