Small but mighty: The Impact of Dung Beetles

Dung beetles are nature's nutrient cyclers. By processing dung, they significantly reduce methane emissions from livestock waste, working to effectively mitigate a considerable source of greenhouse gas emissions.

Whilst dung beetles are not able to rectify the impacts of Agricultural practices, they can reduce the extent through reducing compaction, increasing aeration and water infiltration and by reducing the volume of nutrient and soil wash off following rainfall events. 

By integrating dung beetles into your farm's ecosystem, you'll not only improve soil fertility and structure but you will also be proactively supporting a more sustainable and climate-friendly farming future. 

 

 

The Scope of Dung Beetles in Australia 

Found on every continent (except Antarctica), there are more than 5,000 species of dung beetles worldwide and over 500 species of native dung beetles to Australia. 

Whilst native species make use of the fibrous pelleted dung of Australian mammals, most are unable to cope with the large quantities of dung produced by introduced livestock, particularly cattle. 

To begin filling the gap, a number of dung beetle species from overseas have been imported and strategically distributed throughout Australia. 

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The History of Dung Beetles

Dung Beetle Species 

Dung beetles are categorised by the way they process animal manure. These groups are Dwellers, Rollers, and Tunnelers

Despite breaking down dung differently, each of these groups provides a range of benefits to the ecosystem.

Learn more about Australia’s history with dung beetles.

History of Dung Beetles

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