Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Dr Susan Robertson

Dr Susan Robertson

BAppSci (Ag) Hons, PhD

Dr Robertson graduated with a BAppSc (Agriculture) from Charles Sturt University (CSU), before commencing a PhD at the University of NSW. PhD studies investigated the use of nutritional management of reproducing ewes to control staple strength, with the major field studies being conducted at Hay, NSW.

Dr Robertson subsequently worked as a livestock officer with the Victorian Department of Primary Industries, at Walpeup, where she was involved in the research of pasture and sheep production systems.

Dr Robertson joined the staff of CSU in 2006 as a researcher, and since 2009 has had a role in teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students.

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Research

  • Susan has been involved in various sheep production research since joining CSU, including EverGraze – investigation of grazing systems to improve production and profit (2006-2013)
  • Role of nutrition to increase ovulation rate and reduce embryo mortality in sheep
  • Mineral supplementation to reduce ewe and lamb mortality
  • Novel supplements to improve lamb survival
  • Simulation modelling to improve production and profit from sheep and mixed farming systems (GrassGro, AusFarm)

Teaching

  • Currently lectures in sheep and wool production to agriculture, animal science and veterinary students
  • Supervision of several PhD students and numerous honours students (John Broster (PhD 2014) – Design and utilization of shelter to improve lamb survival, Catherine Gulliver (PhD 2014) – Improving reproductive efficiency in ewes – increasing ovulation rate and altering offspring sex ratio, Kayla Kopp (PhD current) – Supplementation of ewes to increase lamb survival)
  • Trainer of the CSU National Merino Challenge team 2013-2017. Won the winning tertiary team 2014, 2015, 2017.

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Pasture and sheep production systems

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Read more on CSU Research Output (CRO)

  • Hocking Edwards JE, Masters DG, Winslow E, Hancock S, Thompson AN, Refshauge G, McGrath SR, Robertson SM, Bhanugopan MS and Friend MA (2018). Calcium and magnesium status of pregnant ewes grazing southern Australian pastures. Animal Production Science 58, 1515-1521. DOI information: 10.1071/AN17766.
  • Masters DG, Hancock S, Refshauge G, Robertson S, McGrath, S, Bhanupogan M, Friend M and Thompson AN(2018). Mineral supplements improve the calcium status of pregnant ewes grazing vegetative cereal crops. Animal Production Science. DOI information: 10.1071/AN17403.
  • Robertson SM and Friend MA (2018). Opportunities for improving gross margins for mixed sheep/cropping farms. Animal Production in Australia Paper 2596.
  • Masters DG, Hancock S, Refshauge G, Robertson S, Bhanupogan, M, Friend M and Thompson AN(2017). Mineral status of reproducing ewes grazing vegetative cereal crops. Animal Production Science. DOI information: 10.1071/AN16530.
  • Robertson, SM, Allworth, MB, Friend, MA (2017). Reduced survival of lambs from maiden ewes exposed to mature ewes pre-lambing. Small Ruminant Research 151, 11-15. DOI information: 10.1016/j.smallrumres.2017.04.004.
  • Broster, JC, Dehaan, RL, Swain, DL, Robertson, SM, King, BJ and Friend, MA (2017) Shelter type and birth number influence the birth and death sites of lambs and ewe movement around

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