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Dr Karl Behrendt
PhD (UNE), BRurSc (UNE), GradDipAgEcon (UNE)
Position Lecturer in Agribusiness, School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences
Location Charles Sturt University, Orange
Phone 02 6365 7119
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.
Research and Teaching
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.
- Member of Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society
- Member of Australian Society of Animal Production
- 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
Behrendt, K.; Cacho, O.; Scott, J.; Jones, R. (2006) Pasture improvement: Optimal strategies for the New England, In: P.B. Cronje and D. Maxwell (eds) Wool meets Meat - Tools for a modern sheep enterprise. Proceedings of the 2006 Australian Sheep Industry CRC conference , Orange, Australia (256-257).
Behrendt, K.; Cacho, O.; Scott, J.M.; 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.
Behrendt, K. (2008) Bioeconomics of pasture resource development in sheep production systems, Doctor of Philosophy thesis . The University of New England.
Mason, J.; Behrendt, K.; Toohey, E.; White, A. (2008) Using BioclipT to manage the impact of grass seed contamination on lamb production, Coping with a changing environment, 2008 NSW DPI Sheep & Beef Conference , Orange. NSW Department of Primary Industries.
Behrendt, K.; Cacho, O.; Scott, J.M.; Jones, R. (2009) Bioeconomic analysis of fertiliser input costs on pasture resource management under climatic uncertainty, Proceedings of the 53rd Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society Conference , Cairns. Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, 27 pages.