Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Dr Karl Behrendt

Dr Karl Behrendt

PhD (UNE), BRurSc (UNE), GradDipAgEcon (UNE)

Karl has a BRurSc degree, GradDipAgEcon and a PhD all from the University of New England. Fields covered in his post-graduate qualifications include bioeconomic modelling of grazing systems through simulation and stochastic dynamic programming, farm management economics and extension, rural finance and risk management, marketing and sustainable land management.

Karl joined the staff of Charles Sturt University in 2008 as a Lecturer in Agribusiness in the School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences. Since then Karl has been involved in the reviewing of existing agribusiness subjects and some of the courses offered within the school. Karl is focused on developing the agribusiness and agricultural economic research capacity and profile of the school.

Prior to joining CSU Karl operated an agricultural consulting firm for 8 years, which serviced rural clients, and conducted research and extension activities throughout the central west of NSW. Karl has also previously been employed as an agricultural consultant, a rural financial counsellor, farm management advisory officer at Tocal Agricultural College, and as an economist with the NSW Department of Primary Industries.

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Karl's main areas of research have been in pasture resource management and development, livestock production systems and management, farm benchmarking and efficiency analysis. His teaching and professional interests include agricultural systems analysis, modelling and management; and the use of decision support tools to enhance the understanding of agricultural systems and their integration with economics.

Karl is involved with the ongoing development and delivery of subjects within the Science (Agriculture), Agricultural Business Management, and Wine Science/Business courses at Charles Sturt University. Karl is currently teaching in the areas of Agribusiness management, planning, marketing and supply chain management, as well as being involved in the development and delivery of advanced subjects in Agribusiness management, risk management and planning.

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  • Bioeconomic modelling and analysis of agricultural and ecological systems
  • Agribusiness planning and risk management
  • Decision support tools for agriculture
  • Economics of pasture resource management and livestock grazing systems

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Behrendt K, Cacho O, Scott JM & Jones R (2013).Optimising pasture and grazing management decisions on the Cicerone Project farmlets over variable time horizonsAnimal Production Science, 53(8), 796-805. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AN11174

Behrendt K, Scott JM, Cacho O & Jones R (2013).Simulating the impact of fertiliser strategies and prices on the economics of developing and managing the Cicerone Project farmlets under climatic uncertainty .Animal Production Science, 53(8), 806-816. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AN11173 

Scott JM,Behrendt K,Colvin A, Scott F, Shakhane LM, Guppy C, Hoad J, Gaden CA, Edwards C, Hinch GN, Cacho OJ, Donald GE, Cottle D, Coventry T, Williams G, Mackay DF (2013). Integrated overview of results from a farmlet experiment which compared the effects of pasture inputs and grazing management on profitability and sustainability.Animal Production Science, 53 (8), 841-855. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AN12284

Behrendt K,Eppleston J (2011).Threats, realities and opportunities of grassland farming in the Central Tablelands , In: G. Lodge; J.M. Scott and W. Wheatley (eds), Proceedings of the 26th Annual Conference of the Grassland Society of NSW Inc., 27-28 July, The Grassland Society of NSW Inc., 12-22.

Behrendt K, Cacho O, Scott JM, Jones R (2006).Methodology for assessing optimal rates of pasture improvement in the high rainfall temperate pasture zone.Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture,46 (6 & 7), 845-849.

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