New dung beetle species set to help farmers reap benefits of turning poo into free fertiliser all year round

23 October 2020
ABC Rural

A new north African species of poo-eating dung beetle has been imported into Australia to fill seasonal and geographic gaps and help livestock producers improve pasture health and productivity.

Australian livestock, such as sheep and cattle, produce about 80 million tonnes of dung a year, which can take months to break down and lead to inefficient grazing of large portions of pastures. But the faeces-eating beetle's work is estimated to contribute more than $1 billion in environmental and economic benefits each year.


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