KELLY Pearce loves the challenge of combining an off-farm career with running a mixed sheep and cropping enterprise near Yealering in the Western Australian Wheatbelt with her husband Alan and newborn son Alaistair.
Kelly is currently employed as a research fellow with the CRC for Sheep Industry Innovation based at Murdoch University and over the past 12 years has researched on farm and post-slaughter impacts on sheepmeat quality. Prior to this Kelly completed a PhD with the CSIRO studying sheep production on saline pasture systems.
In 2012 Kelly received a Nuffield scholarship to investigate the future drivers of demand and opportunities for Australian lamb and sheepmeat and her findings have been well received by industry.
Kelly revels in using her research and industry skills to assist Australian sheep producers to capitalise on future opportunities.
Kelly is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and pboard member of the Ag Institute Australia and the Facey Group along with other various industry positions.