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Using dung beetles to improve farm productivity - Berry workshop

The Small Farms Network and South East Local Land Services is inviting local land managers to a free workshop presented by renowned dung beetle expert John Feehan, who will provide information about the benefits of using, identifying and how to source suitable dung beetles.

Land Services Officer, Andrew Britton said dung beetles are nature's own recycling specialists and help make farming soils more productive and sustainable through aeration, leading to increased rainwater penetration and ground water retention.

“Every day more than 500,000 tonnes of dung is dropped into Australian pastures, locking up nutrients and creating a breeding ground for bush and buffalo flies and other pests,” Mr Britton said.

“Dung beetle colonies are capable of burying manure left by a herd of 450 cattle in less than a day.

“Workshop participants will learn how dung beetles can be a very cost-effective biological means of pasture and nutrient improvement, Mr Britton said.”

The workshop will be held on Friday, 11 November 2016 from 10 am to 2 pm at South East Local Land Services, Schofields Lane, Berry.

Bookings are essential. For further information and to register please contact Andrew Britton, on (02) 4464 6020 or email:

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This project is supported by the Small Farms Network and South East Local Land Services with funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme.


Media contact: Andrew Britton, (02) 4464 6020 or 0408 050 748