Dung beetles – the benefits
1,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools worth of livestock dung builds up each year in the Wellington region.
The introduction of livestock 170 years ago, is damaging our water quality and soil health. We don’t have the supporting agents to cope with this waste.
Establishing non-native dung beetles would mean this dung could be dealt with in 1-2 days – a huge benefit to our environment and to agricultural businesses.
Source: Dung Beetle Innovations
Dung beetles tunnel and bury dung balls into the soil, as a food source for their grub. This process aerates the soil and mixes nutrients into it.
Four non-native dung beetle species are available in packages: Copris Incertus, Onthophagus Taurus, Onthophagus binodis, Bubas Bison.
Different dung beetles are suited to different situations. Once you order, there will be a discussion with the supplier on which one suits your farm.
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