Food for further thought following the dung beetle day

jake_dungbeetle1-credit-lara-webster-abc-tropical-north-copyA dung beetle breeding trial is being considered, with involvement from Reef Catchments, Dung Beetle Solutions Australia, Sarina Landcare Catchment Management Authority, and Sarina Rural Skills Centre following a Dung Beetle Day event.

Jacob Betros, Regional Landcare Facilitator, Reef Catchments, said local graziers had heard of the many benefits of dung beetles from speaker, Dr Bernard Doube who further involved his audience with a practical demonstration of surveying dung beetles where, within a matter of moments, hundreds of the beetles were scurrying around.

“Dr Doube’s knowledge on the topic was breathtaking and gave everyone great insight into what really goes on underground,” said Jacob.

“His presentation has stimulated many graziers to learn more intricate details about dung beetles and a number of them plan to source dung beetles and conduct investigations on their own properties.”

Dr Doube said four species of dung beetle had been found during the event which was held at Roxanne and Dan Morgan’s property at McEwens Beach.

4060208-3x2-340x227He outlined numerous benefits of having dung beetles including a reduction in reliance on chemical fertilisers, a reduction in soil compaction, an increase in earthworms, creation of more pastures and helping to control intestinal parasites.

This project is supported by Reef Catchments , through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

 

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