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Dung beetles – the benefits

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Dung beetles – the benefits

Updated 22 October 2020 5:01pm

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.

The 40 million-year-old solution

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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.

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

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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