Susan completed a degree in agricultural science at CSU before studying the effects of reproduction on staple strength in a PhD at UNSW. She spent 5.5 years at Walpeup, Victoria, as senior livestock officer investigating sheep production systems. She commenced at CSU in 2006 as part of the EverGraze project which is evaluating means of increasing reproduction, production and profit from sheep systems using perennial plants.
Current research is focussed on nutritional management of ewes to maximise lamb numbers, and simulation modelling of sheep production systems. Previous research at CSU has been in the areas of management to improve lamb survival, increasing ovulation rates, and optimising sheep production systems.
Robertson SM, Southwell AF and Friend MA (2014). Modelling the risk of different joining times and lamb sale policies. Animal Production Science 54, 1694-1698.
Robertson SM, King BJ, Allworth MB, RummeryJ and Friend MA (2014). The effect of peri-conceptual grazing of live pastures on fetal numbers in unsynchronised ewes. Animal Production Science 54, 1008-1015
Broster JC, Robertson SM, RL Dehaan, BJ King and M A Friend (2012) Evaluating seasonal risk and the potential for windspeed reductions to reduce chill index at six locations using GrassGro® Animal Production Science http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/AN12066 Published online: 16 July 2012
Robertson SM, King BJ, Broster JC and Friend MA (2012). The survival of lambs in shelter declines at high stocking intensities. Animal Production Science 52, 497-501.
Broster JC, Rathbone, DP, Robertson SM, King BJ, and Friend MA (2012). Ewe movement and ewe-lamb contact levels in shelter are greater at higher stocking rates. Animal Production Science 52, 502-506.
Robertson SM, Friend MA, Broster JC and King BJ (2011). Survival of twin lambs is increased with shrub belts. Animal Production Science 51, 925-938.
Robertson SM, Friend MA and King BJ (2008). Mild congenital goitre increases lamb mortality in southern New South Wales. Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture 48, 995-998.
Friend MA, Robertson S, Masters D, Avery A (2007). EverGraze – a project to achieve profit and environmental outcomes in the Australian grazing industries. Journal of Animal and Feed Sciences 16 suppl. 2, 70-75.
King BJ, Robertson SM, Wilkins JF, Friend MA (2010). Short-term grazing of lucerne and chicory increases ovulation rate in synchronised Merino ewes. Animal Reproduction Science 121, 242-248.
Robertson SM and Smith, JG (2006). Do some naturalised legumes have the potential to improve pasture production in the Victorian Mallee? Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture 46, 615-625.
Robertson SM (2006). Crop stubbles are as important for sheep production as annual pastures in the Victorian Mallee. Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture 46, 993-1003.
Robertson SM (2006). Predicting pasture and sheep production in the Victorian Mallee using the decision support tool, GrassGro. Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture 46, 1005-1014.