Photo of  Susan Robertson Susan Robertson

BApSc(Ag)(Hons) PhD

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.

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Current research is focused on simulation of livestock systems with GrassGro and AusFarm to identify optimal sheep management within different pasture systems, as part of the national EverGraze project.

I currently co-supervise honours and PhD students in the areas of lamb survival, and nutritional strategies to increase ovulation rate, lambs born, and the sex ratio of lambs.

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Journal publications

  • 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.
  • Robertson SM and Wimalasuriya RK (2004). Limitations to pasture and sheep enterprises and options for improvement in the Victorian Mallee.  Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture 44, 841-849.
  • Robertson SM, Robards GE and Wolfe EC (2000). Grazing management of reproducing ewes affects staple strength. Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture 40, 783-794.
  • Robertson SM, Robards GE and Wolfe EC (2000). The timing of nutritional restriction during reproduction influences staple strength. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 51, 125-132.

 

Conference publications

  • Robertson SM and Friend MA (2012) Choice of sheep enterprise affects production and risk. Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the Grassland Society of NSW “ Driving Your Landscape to Success”, 24-26 July 2012, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales (Eds C Harris, G Lodge, C Waters (The Grassland Society of NSW Inc. , Orange), p 135-137.
  • Robertson SM and Friend MA (2012) More lucerne reduces feeding in drought years and increases the weight of lamb sold in wet summers. Proceedings of  the 27th Annual Conference of the Grassland Society of NSW “ Driving Your Landscape to Success”, 24-26 July 2012, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales (Eds C Harris, G Lodge, C Waters) (The Grassland Society of NSW Inc. , Orange) p. 132-134.
  • Robertson SM, King BJ and Friend MA (2012) Fertility and distribution of foetal age in synchronised ewes mated naturally. Proceedings of the 29th biennial conference of the Australian Society of Animal Production  (Eds MA Friend and GL Krebs)  29, 56.
  • Robertson SM, King BJ and Friend MA (2012). The precision of foetal age to predict lambing date. Proceedings of the 29th biennial conference of the Australian Society of Animal Production  (Eds MA Friend and GL Krebs)  29, 57.
  • Gulliver CE, King BJ, Friend MA, Robertson SM and Clayton EH (2010). Longer time to oestrus in ewes fed a high omega-3 diet. Book of Abstracts of the 61st Annual meeting of the European Association for Animal Production No. 16, Heraklion, Crete Island, Greece, 23-27 August 2010. Wageningen Academic Publishers, The Netherlands,p. 113
  • Gulliver CE, Friend MA, King BJ, Robertson SM and Clayton EH (2010). Feeding high omega-3 diets to crossbred ewes: effect on time to oestrus. Animal Production in Australia 28, 94.
  • Gulliver CE, Friend MA, Robertson SM, Martin GB, Clayton EH and King BJ (2010). Short-term lupin feeding: Can it decrease ovulation rate in Merino ewes? Animal Production in Australia 28, 100.
  • Robertson SM and Friend MA. EverGraze: pastures to improve lamb weaning weights. Proceedings of the 50th annual conference of the Grassland Society of Southern Australia, 6-7 August 2009, Geelong, Victoria, Grassland Society of Southern Australia Inc. pp. 164-169.
  • Robertson S, Friend M and Broster J (2008).  EverGraze: the productive management of perennial grazing systems in extreme drought.  “Global Issues, Paddock Action” Proceedings of the 14th Australian Society of Agronomy Conference, 21-25 September 2008, Adelaide, South Australia. Web site www.agronoy.org.au.
  • Robertson SM, King B, Friend MA, Sanford P (2007). EverGraze 3.  Using perennials to boost ovulation rates in Merino ewes. Proceedings of the 48th Annual Conference of the Grassland Society of Southern Australia .13-14 June, Murray Bridge, SA.  Grassland Society of Southern Australia Inc. p. 102.
  • Robertson S (2003). Estimating plant density using a modified Carter ring method, In "Solutions for a better environment". Proceedings of the 11th Australian Agronomy Conference, 2-6 Feb. 2003, Geelong, Victoria. Australian Society of Agronomy.
  • Robertson SM (2002). Decline in nutritive value of cereal stubbles in the Victorian Mallee. Animal Production in Australia 24, 185-188.
  • Robertson SM, Robards GE and Wolfe EC (1996). Factors contributing to the variation in staple strength of reproducing ewes. Proceedings of the Australian Society of Animal Production 21, 166-169.

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Oral or poster presentations at national and international conferences

  • Robertson SM and Friend MA (2012) Choice of sheep enterprise affects production and risk. Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the Grassland Society of NSW “ Driving Your Landscape to Success”, 24-26 July 2012, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales (Eds C Harris, G Lodge, C Waters (The Grassland Society of NSW Inc. , Orange), p 135-137.
  • Robertson SM and Friend MA (2012). More lucerne reduces feeding in drought years and increases the weight of lamb sold in wet summers. Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the Grassland Society of NSW “ Driving Your Landscape to Success”, 24-26 July 2012, Wagga Wagga, New South Wales (Eds C Harris, G Lodge, C Waters) (The Grassland Society of NSW Inc. , Orange) p. 132-134.
  • Robertson SM, King BJ and Friend MA (2012). Fertility and distribution of foetal age in synchronised ewes mated naturally. Proceedings of the 29th biennial conference of the Australian Society of Animal Production  (Eds MA Friend and GL Krebs)  29, 56.
  • Robertson SM, King BJ and Friend MA (2012). The precision of foetal age to predict lambing date. Proceedings of the 29th biennial conference of the Australian Society of Animal Production  (Eds MA Friend and GL Krebs)  29, 57.
  • Gulliver CE, King BJ, Friend MA, Robertson SM and Clayton EH (2010). Longer time to oestrus in ewes fed a high omega-3 diet. Book of Abstracts of the 61st Annual meeting of the European Association for Animal Production No. 16, Heraklion, Crete Island, Greece, 23-27 August 2010. Wageningen Academic Publishers, The Netherlands,p. 113
  • Gulliver CE, Friend MA, King BJ, Robertson SM and Clayton EH (2010). Feeding high omega-3 diets to crossbred ewes: effect on time to oestrus. Animal Production in Australia 28, 94.
  • Gulliver CE, Friend MA, Robertson SM, Martin GB, Clayton EH and King BJ (2010). Short-term lupin feeding: Can it decrease ovulation rate in Merino ewes? Animal Production in Australia 28, 100.
  • Robertson SM and Friend MA. EverGraze: pastures to improve lamb weaning weights. Proceedings of the 50th annual conference of the Grassland Society of Southern Australia, 6-7 August 2009, Geelong, Victoria, Grassland Society of Southern Australia Inc. pp. 164-169.
  • Robertson S, Friend M and Broster J (2008).  EverGraze: the productive management of perennial grazing systems in extreme drought.  “Global Issues, Paddock Action” Proceedings of the 14th Australian Society of Agronomy Conference, 21-25 September 2008, Adelaide, South Australia. Web site www.agronoy.org.au.
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  • Robertson SM, King B, Friend MA and Sanford P (2007). EverGraze 3.  Using perennials to boost ovulation rates in Merino ewes. Proceedings of the 48th Annual Conference of the Grassland Society of Southern Australia .13-14 June, Murray Bridge, SA.  Grassland Society of Southern Australia Inc. p. 102.
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  • Robertson S (2003). Estimating plant density using a modified Carter ring method, In "Solutions for a better environment". Proceedings of the 11th Australian Agronomy Conference, 2-6 Feb. 2003, Geelong, Victoria. Australian Society of Agronomy.

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