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Dung Beetles

Dung Beetles

Updated 28 November 2019 11:51am

Meet your new farm worker

Copris incertus

24 hours a day, 7 days a week, improving your farm and our environment. And paid in dung.

The benefits of non-native dung beetles

Frequently Asked Questions


Spring/Summer 2019 season of beetles available now.

We are expanding our offer of non-native dung beetles, in partnership with Dung Beetle Innovations.

Any farmer in our region can now access a 20-50% discount.

Available until 9 December 2019.


Here's how the offer works:

A. Partnership catchments – guaranteed 50% discount

Is your farm in the three partnership catchments for the 2019 season? Parkvale, Mangatarerere or Wairarapa Moana.

View full partnership catchments map

If yes, you can get 50% off by clicking the link below and selecting ‘partnership catchment approved farm’ on the order form.

B. All other areas – guaranteed 20% discount

If your farm is anywhere else in the Wellington region you can still get 20% off. Just click the link below and select ‘any other farm in the Wellington region’ on the order form.

Register for the 50% discount, you might still qualify

Even if you’re outside this season’s partnership catchments, you can put your name down and we’ll get in touch when the 50% discount becomes available - it might be sooner than you think.


1. Four-Seasons Package

Includes four species of dung beetle in four colonies. One package per 2,000 stock units (approx. 300 cows or 2,000 sheep).

A. Was $6,000 - now $3,000

B. $4,800 outside the partnership catchments

2. Single Species Package

Includes one species of dung beetle in one colony, active for approximately 4 months. Suitable for smaller farms.

A. Was $2,000 - now $1,000

B. $1,600 outside the partnership catchments


“I would seriously recommend other farmers invest in dung beetles. It’s a short term cost with a long term benefit.” – Kurt Portas, award-winning farmer at Palliser Ridge Farm

"Dung beetles are able to aerate soil, improve the nutrient cycle and help manage water absorption and dispersion… the potential benefits are amazing!” – Scotty Macdonald, Wairarapa farmer

Hear more from Kurt about how dung beetles are working on his farm in this interview.

  • More available grazing pasture
  • Decreased maintenance time
  • Improved soil health
  • Improved water quality
  • Parasite and pest reduction
  • Government and EPA approved

November workshops

Learn all there is to know about dung beetles and how they work on farms at one of two FREE workshops, with expert speakers and a free BBQ. 


Read more about the Copris Incertus – our cover beetle – in this factsheet.