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Dung 
Beetles

Natural resource
Soil structure
Beef

Dung Beetles

Dung beetles assist in the breakdown and dispersal of dung and reduce dung-breeding fly populations, including the troublesome buffalo fly.

Dung beetles improve soil structure and fertility, which improves the productivity of your pastures.
Dung beetles are a valuable natural resource on your property.  
Dung beetle populations vary throughout the year with their numbers being highest during the warmer months. 
The APVMA has concluded that there’s no evidence that any of the ‘mectin’ group of drenches has a long-term detrimental effect on dung beetle populations or dung disappearance rates in the field if used appropriately under Australian conditions1.
In recent times, dung beetle species more suited to breaking down cattle dung have been introduced into many areas of Australia and have become successfully established in the environment.

References:

1. NRA Special Review of Macrocyclic Lactones, May 1998.

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