Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Jane Kelly

 Jane Kelly

BScAgr (Hons), Grad Dip. Ed

Jane Kelly joined CSU at the start of 2013 as a Lecturer in Livestock Production Management. She has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with honours from the University of Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Education from the University of Western Sydney, as well as qualifications in adult education.

Prior to her appointment with CSU, she spent ten years with NSW Department of Primary Industries in the areas of research, consultancy and extension. Starting with the Department in 2003, Jane coordinated a research project examining the effects of grazing management on wool quality and after the completion of the project, obtained a position as District Livestock Officer, specialising in Sheep and Wool production and management in the Forbes district, later transferring to Orange in late 2007.

She has a range of experience in providing on-farm specialist advice to producers on livestock nutrition, breeding and management and has coordinated and run numerous workshops and courses with NSW DPI in livestock breeding and reproduction, livestock behaviour, grazing management, livestock handling and also within her main interest, livestock welfare in grazing systems, where she has produced a number of publications.

She has worked substantially within industry, both in coordinating extension projects and trials and in providing training to the NSW enforcement agencies, such as RSPCA, NSW Police and Animal Welfare League in livestock welfare assessment and handling. She has provided expert advice to these agencies during livestock welfare cases in the assessment of livestock and pasture and assisted in the development of resources for enforcement agencies and DPI staff in livestock welfare situations.

Jane also has post-graduate qualifications in education, and has taught in schools and in adult education since completing her undergraduate studies. She began her PhD in 2015 in her main area of interest, improving livestock welfare in grazing systems, submitting her thesis in early 2020. Her research focused on quantifying and better managing the issue of grass seed contamination in sheep, a major issue within the Australian sheep industry which impacts animal welfare and market accessibility for producers and processors.

Jane is married with three children, lives on a small acreage and enjoys serving in her church and community, horse training, gardening, music, travel and camping.

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  • AGS100 Livestock Production Systems
  • AGS300 Livestock Management

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  • Livestock welfare in grazing systems
  • Impacts and interactions between weed populations and livestock
  • Weed distribution and population dynamics
  • Alpine weed populations and management
  • Using non chemical methods to reduce weed populations in grazing systems

Current Research Projects

Doctor of Philosophy: "Seed contamination in sheep carcasses by barley grass:  An analysis of prevalence, management and economic impact” 2015 - 2020
Funding provided by MLA, GRDC, the AW Howard Memorial Trust Scholarship and the Charles Sturt University Postgraduate Research Part-time Tuition Fee Scholarship.
Supervisors: Associate Professor Jane Quinn (Principal), Professor Leslie Weston, Dr. Paul Weston, Professor Karl Behrendt, and Dr. John Broster.

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