CASBURN, Geoff

Geoff Casburn

Research interests

  • Sheep Enterprise Gross Margins
  • Mixed farming and systems thinking
  • GrassGro systems modelling
  • Sheep reproduction
  • Genetics – wether trials
  • Drought decision making and mobile applications.
  • Drought feeding and lamb feedlotting
  • Adult education: course development and delivery.

Background

Geoff has worked for NSW DPI for more than 20 years in Goulburn, Bourke and Wagga Wagga.

He has well-developed knowledge of livestock and cropping systems and the interactions between enterprises.  He has a keen interest in livestock production from pasture and sound experience in drought feeding systems and lamb feedlotting.  Geoff has a focus on both wool and meat enterprises and is passionate about agriculture and the rural community.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Applied Science Systems Agriculture, Hawkesbury Agricultural College 1991.
  • Certificate IV in assessment and Workplace Training.
  • SMARTtrain Chemical Management AQF 4.

Current projects

  • Development of the Drought and Supplementary Feed Calculator Phone App.
  • Annual Development of Sheep Enterprise Gross Margin budgets and analysis.
  • Peter Westblade Wether Trial – Data analysis.

Recent publications

  • Sheep enterprises keep getting stronger. Analysis of Sheep Gross Margin 2018. NSW DPI Website.
  • GrassGro - predicted performance of a breeding enterprise using 2018 Merino Challenge results (wool and liveweight).  Peter Westblade Memorial Wether Trial.
  • Wool focussed enteprises boomed during 2017 – Analysis of sheep Gross Margins 2017
  • Pregnancy Toxaemia in breeding ewes Primefact 1199, second edition
  • GrassGro - predicted performance of a breeding enterprise using 2016 Merino Challenge results (wool and liveweight).  Peter Westblade Memorial Wether Trial.

Contact details

Email: geoff.casburn@dpi.nsw.gov.au

Location: NSW DPI Wagga Wagga Agriculture Institute