BScAg (Hons I) (Syd), PhD (CSU)
After graduating from the University of Sydney, Shawn worked in agribusiness for 8 years including roles as a supply chain coordinator in the beef industry and agribusiness banking. In 2010 Shawn commenced a PhD at CSU Wagga where he investigated management of late-pregnant and lambing ewes on dual-purpose wheat crops in southern NSW. Shawn then worked as a researcher on an MLA-sponsored project at CSU with White Dorper and Merino ewes grazing dual-purpose crops and investigating potential pasture options for finishing lambs in the spring, including novel legumes. He was also subject coordinator and lecturer for the undergraduate subject Animal Nutrition in 2014. In August 2015 Shawn commenced in his current position as Lecturer in Whole Farm Management in the Fred Morley Centre, where his focus is on applied research within livestock and mixed-farming systems.
McGrath S, Sandral G and Friend M (2015). 'Lamb growth rates on pasture:assessing options for finishing lambs in spring, 17th Australian Agronomy Conference.' Hobart, Tasmania.
McGrath SR, Bhanugopan MS, Dove H, Clayton EH, Virgona JM and Friend MA (2015). Mineral supplementation of lambing ewes grazing dual-purpose wheat. Animal Production Science 55, 526-534. http://primo.unilinc.edu.au/primo_library/libweb/action/dlDisplay.do?vid=CSU2&docId=dtl_csu66636
McGrath SR, Virgona JM and Friend MA (2014). Modelling the effect on stocking rate and lamb production of allowing ewes to graze a dual-purpose wheat crop in southern New South Wales. Animal Production Science 54, 1625-1630. http://primo.unilinc.edu.au/primo_library/libweb/action/dlDisplay.do?vid=CSU2&docId=dtl_csu66644
McGrath SR, Lievaart JJ and Friend MA (2013). Extent of utilisation of dual-purpose wheat for grazing by late-pregnant and lambing ewes and producer-reported incidence of health issues in southern New South Wales. Australian Veterinary Journal 91, 432-436.
McGrath SR, Lievaart, JJ, Virgona, JM, Bhanugopan MS and Friend MA (2013). Factors involved in high ewe losses in winter lambing flocks grazing dual-purpose wheat in southern New South Wales: a producer survey. Animal Production Science 53, 458-463.