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Publications

Refereed Journals

O'Connell, N.E. (2013). Digital Dermatitis: Tackling an emerging problem (Editorial).  Veterinary Record, 173: 577-578.

Bailie, C.L. and O'Connell, N.E. (2013). Influence of the provision of natural light and straw bales on activity levels and leg health in commercial broiler chickens.  Animal, 7: 618-626.

Boyle, A.R., Ferris, C.P., O'Connell, N.E. (2013). Does housing nulliparous dairy cows with multiparous animals prior to calving influence welfare- and production-related parameters after calving?  Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 143: 1-8.

Palmer, M., Law, R., Watson, S. and O'Connell, N.E. (2012). Relationships between lameness and feeding behaviour in cubicle-housed Holstein-Friesian dairy cows.  Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 140: 121-127.

Donaldson, C.J and O'Connell, N.E. (2012). The influence of access to aerial perches on fearfulness, social behaviour and production parameters in free-range laying hens.  Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 142: 51-60.

Harley, S., More, S.J., O'Connell, N.E., Hanlon, A., Teixeira, D. and Boyle, L. (2012). Evaluating the prevalence of tail-biting and carcass condemnations in slaughter pigs in the Republic and Northern Ireland and the potential of abattoir meat inspection as a welfare surveillance tool.  Veterinary Record, 171: 621-

Speijers, M.E.M., Finney, G., McBride, J., Logue, D.N. and O'Connell, N.E. (2012). Effectiveness of different copper sulphate footbath frequencies in the control of digital dermatitis in dairy cows.  Journal of Dairy Science, 95: 2955-2964.

Conte, S., Lawlor, P.G., O'Connell, N.E. and Boyle, L.A. (2012). Effect of split marketing on the welfare, performance and carcass traits of finishing pigs.  Journal of Animal Science, 90: 373-380.

Donaldson, C.J., Ball, M.E.E. and O'Connell, N.E. (2012). The effect of access to aerial perches and of individual bird parameters on keel bone injuries in commercial free-range laying hens.  Poultry Science, 91: 304-315.

Conte, S., Boyle, L.A., O'Connell, N.E., Lynch, B.P. and Lawlor, P.G. (2011). Effect of target slaughter weight on production efficiency, carcass traits and behaviour of restrictively-fed gilts and intact male finisher pigs.  Livestock Science, 136: 169-174.

Stewart, C.L., Boyle, L.A. and O'Connell, N.E. (2011). The effect of increasing dietary fibre and the provision of straw racks on the welfare of sows in small static groups.  Animal Welfare, 20: 633-640.

Baird, L.G., Dawson, L.E.R, Young, I.S. and O'Connell, N.E. (2010). Lipid content and fatty acid composition of the digital cushion of bulls offered different levels of linseed.  Journal of Animal Science, 88: 2403-2409.

Munoz, C., Cars:on, A.F., McCoy, M.A., Dawson, L.E.R., O'Connell, N.E. and Gordon, A.W. (2009). Effect of plane of nutrition of 1- and 2-year-old ewes in early and mid-pregnancy on ewe reproduction and offspring performance up to weaning.  Animal, 3(5): 657-669.

Baird, L.G., O'Connell, N.E., McCoy, M.A., Keady, T.W.J. and Kilpatrick, D.J. (2009). Effects of breed and production system on lameness parameters in dairy cattle.  Journal of Dairy Science, 92(5): 2174-2182.

O'Connell, N.E., Wicks, H.C.F., Carson, A.F. and McCoy, M.A. (2008). Influence of post-calving regrouping strategy on welfare and performance parameters in dairy heifers.  Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 114(3-4): 319-329.

Stewart, C.L., O'Connell, N.E. and Boyle, L.A. (2008). Influence of access to straw provided in racks on the welfare of sows in large dynamic groups.  Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 92(5): 2174-2182.

Magowan, E., McCann, M.E.E. and O'Connell, N.E. (2008). The effect of feeder type and change on growing and finishing pig performance and behaviour.  Animal Feed Science and Technology, 142: 133-143.

Munoz, C., Carson, A.F., McCoy, M.A., Dawson, L.E.R., O'Connell, N.E. and Gordon, A.W. (2008). Nutritional status of adult ewes during early and mid-pregnancy. 2. Effects of supplementation with selenised yeast on ewe reproduction and offspring performance to weaning.  Animal, 2(1): 64-72.

Munoz, C., Carson, A.F., McCoy, M.A., Dawson, L.E.R., O'Connell, N.E. and Gordon, A.W. (2008). Nutritional status of adult ewes during early and mid-pregnancy. 1. Effects of plane of nutrition on ewe reproduction and offspring performance to weaning.  Animal, 2(1): 56-63.

O'Connell, N.E. (2007) Influence of access to grass silage on the welfare of sows introduced to a large dynamic group.  Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 107: 45-57.

Beattie, V.E., Breuer, K.B., O'Connell, N.E., Sneddon, I.A., Mercer, J.T., Rance, K.A., Sutcliffe, M.E.M. and Edwards, S.A. (2005). Factors identifying pigs predisposed to tail biting.  Animal Science, 80: 307-312.

Van Reenen, C.G., O'Connell, N.E., Ven der Werf, J.T.N., Korte, S.M., Hopster, H., Jones, R.B. and Blokhuis, H.J. (2005). Responses of calves to acute stress: Individual consistency and relations between behavioural and physiological measures.  Physiology and Behaviour, 85: 557-570.

Breuer, K., Sutcliffe, M.E.M., Mercer, J.T., Rance, K.A., O'Connell, N.E., Sneddon, I.A. and Edwards, S.A. (2005). Heritability of clinical tail-biting and its relation to performance traits.  Livestock Production Science, 93: 87-94.

Durrell, J.L., Sneddon, I.A., O'Connell, N.E. and Whitehead, H. (2004). Do pigs form preferential associations?  Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 89: 41-52.

O'Connell, N.E., Beattie, V.E. and Moss, B.W. (2004). Influence of replacement rate on the welfare of sows introduced to a large dynamic group.  Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 85: 43-56.

O'Connell, N.E., Beattie, V.E. and Weatherup, R.N. (2004). Influence of group size during the post weaning period on the performance and behaviour of pigs.  Livestock Production Science, 86: 225-232.

O'Connell, N.E., Beattie, V.E. and Watt, D. (2004). Influence of regrouping strategy on performance, behaviour and carcass parameters in pigs.  Livestock Production Science, 97: 107-115.

O'Connell, N.E., Beattie, V.E. and Moss, B.W. (2004). Influence of social status on the welfare of growing pigs housed in barren and enriched environments.  Animal Welfare, 13: 425-431.

O'Connell, N.E., Beattie, V.E., Sneddon, I.A., Breuer, K., Mercer, J.T., Rance, K.A., Sutcliffe, M.E.M. and Edwards, S.A. (2004). Influence of individual predisposition, maternal experience and lactation environment on the responses of pigs to weaning at two different ages.  Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 90: 219-232.

O'Connell, N.E., Beattie, V.E. and Moss, B.W. (2003). Influence of social status on the welfare of sows in static and dynamic groups.  Animal Welfare, 12: 239-249.

O'Connell, N.E., Beattie, V.E. and Weatherup, R.N. (2002). Influence of feeder type on the performance and behaviour of weaned pigs.  Livestock Production Science, 74: 13-17.

Beattie, V.E. and O'Connell, N.E. (2001). Relationship between rooting behaviour and foraging in growing pigs.  Animal Welfare, 11: 295-303.

Beattie, V.E., O'Connell, N.E. and Moss, B.W. (2000). Influence of environmental enrichment on the behaviour, performance and meat quality of domestic pigs.  Livestock Production Science, 65: 71-79.

Beattie, V.E., O'Connell, N.E., Kilpatrick, D.J. and Moss, B.W. (2000). Influence of environmental enrichment on welfare-related behavioural and physiological parameters in growing pigs.  Animal Science, 70: 443-450.

O'Connell, N.E. and Beattie, V.E. (1999). Influence of environmental enrichment on aggressive behaviour and dominance relationships in growing pigs.  Animal Welfare, 8: 269-279.

Books

Boyle, L., O'Connell, N.E. and Hanlon, A. (Editors) (2008). Proceedings of the 42nd Congress of the International Society for Applied Ethology, Wageningen Academic Publishers, The Netherlands, 261 pp.

O'Connell, N.E. (2008). Housing the Fattening Pig. In: The Welfare of Pigs (Editor: Marchant-Forde, J.N.), Springer, The Netherlands.