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Prof Danny Donaghy

Professor of Dairy Production Systems

School of Agriculture and Environment


Contact details

  • Ph: 85112
    Location: 2.29, AgHort B
    Campus: Turitea

Research Expertise

Research Interests

pasture agronomy and physiology

grazing management

dairy farm systems

international dairy development


Future Food Systems

Area of Expertise

Field of research codes
Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences (070000): Agriculture, Land and Farm Management (070100): Agronomy (070302): Crop and Pasture Biochemistry and Physiology (070303): Crop and Pasture Nutrition (070306): Crop and Pasture Production (070300): Farming Systems Research (070107)






Research Projects

Summary of Research Projects

Position Current Completed
Project Leader 2 11

Consultancy and Languages


  • Sept-Oct 2005 - Best-fed Chile
    developed and ran workshops with consultants, presented at field days with Chilean farmers and agribusiness
  • Aug 2013 - Intelact Ltd
    presented at annual industry conference, developed and ran workshops with consultants, presented at field days with farmers and agribusiness

Teaching and Supervision

Courses Coordinated

  • 283.301 Pasture Production and Practice

Summary of Doctoral Supervision

Position Current Completed
Main Supervisor 3 1
Co-supervisor 6 2

Current Doctoral Supervision

Main Supervisor of:

  • Sam Wilson - Doctor of Philosophy
    Investigating the impact of abiotic stresses on the ability of plantain to reduce nitrogen losses from pastoral systems.
  • Priyanath Jayasinghe Mudiyanselage - Doctor of Philosophy
    Investigating Tropical Forages to Improve Dairying in the Tropics
  • Sagara Yapa Hetti Pathirennehelage - Doctor of Philosophy
    Investigating reproduction and nutritional interactions of dairy cows

Co-supervisor of:

  • Athanas Ngou - Doctor of Philosophy
    Evaluation of the Causes of Infertility in Dairy Cattle in Tanzania
  • Bia Anchao Oliveira - Doctor of Philosophy
    Species diversity in pastures as a tool that provides pasture stability persistence and defoliation flexibility
  • Pablo Dominguez Martinez - Doctor of Philosophy
    Integration of different grass species, as a strategy to reduce seasonality and increase stability and persistance of pastures.
  • Nguyen Truong Thi Nguyen - Doctor of Philosophy
    Effect of plantain on milk production and nitrate leaching by dairy cows
  • Javier Garcia Favre - Doctor of Philosophy
    Agricultural function of Bromus valdivianus as part of New Zealand grazing systems
  • Ivan Ordonez Vasquez - Doctor of Philosophy
    Pursuing pasture sustainability through species with different functional traits and soil-plant-water interactions

Completed Doctoral Supervision

Main Supervisor of:

  • 2020 - Stacey Hendriks - Doctor of Philosophy
    Behavior changes in grazing dairy cows during the transition period are associated with risk of disease

Co-supervisor of:

  • 2019 - Martin Ladislao Correa Luna - Doctor of Philosophy
    Dietary crude protein and nitrogen utilisation in two contrasting dairy systems
  • 2016 - Jeerasak Chobtang - Doctor of Philosophy
    Appraisal of the environmental sustainability of milk production systems in New Zealand

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