Trudie Atkinson

Research interests

  • Grazing Management
  • Livestock Production
  • Total Grazing Pressure Management
  • Goat industry development


Trudie Atkinson is a Technical Specialist (Grazing Systems). For over 20 years, she has worked in development and extension roles, in both NSW and Queensland, which focused on livestock production and grazing management. Trudie was the Livestock Officer (sheep and wool) in western NSW for ten years.

She has a strong interest in grazing management practices, particularly in rangelands, which improve both business profitability and resource condition. She has trained over 180 people in Tactical Grazing Management and recently led the industry consultation, on a national basis, for the development of Meat & Livestock Australia’s Total Grazing Pressure Investment Plan.

Trudie works closely with the Australian goatmeat industry. She established the industry’s supply forecasting committee and is currently a part of a project team that is investigating the prevalence and cause of kid loss.


  • BRurSc(Hons) - University of New England
  • MRngldMan - University of Queensland
  • GradDipEc - University of New England

Current projects

  • Goat industry data collation and tracking
  • Developing a framework for tactical decision making to address feed deficits
  • Reducing kid loss
  • StockPlan – A decision support tool supports decision making during drought

Recent Publications

Plumbe M, Atkinson T, Turnbull, G (2019) Rangeland goat production in western NSW: Where are they now?. Local Land Services.

Waters C, Reseigh-O’Brien J, Pahl L, Atkinson T, Burnside D and Revell D (2018). Addressing feed supply and demand through total grazing pressure management. NSW Department of Primary Industries.

Sinclair K, Atkinson T, Curtis, A and Hacker R. (2018) Social Acceptability of Pest Animal Management in meeting TGP targets. Final Report. Meat and Livestock Australia.

Waters C, Revell D, Grant R, Pahl L, Reseigh J and Atkinson T (2017). Addressing feed supply and demand through total grazing pressure management: key issues and opportunities.

Proceedings of the 19th Australian Rangeland Society Biennial Conference. (Australian Rangeland Society: Australia).

Contact details


Location: NSW DPI Dubbo and Trangie Agricultural Research Centre