Farm Management

How do dung beetles help improve your farm biology?

When did you last think about the important role dung beetles play on your property? Do you know how best to care for these hard working beetles on your farm?

Find out how you can build your farm biology with dung beetles, thanks to Australia’s dung beetle expert Dr Bernard Doube, from Dung Beetle Solutions International.

Dr Doube is attending a series of free field days hosted by Hunter Local Land Services at Martindale, Wollombi, Bulahdelah and Wherrol Flat.

The events are being held in partnership with local Landcare groups including Midcoast 2 Tops, Martindale Creek Landcare and Wollombi Landcare, and are supported by Catchment Action NSW

Dr Doube will explain the unique role these insects play in providing productive pastures.

Producers will learn how to care for and monitor beetles on their property, as well as how to use beetles and biochar to build soil carbon.

“Many local farmers have been shocked at how hard drought conditions hit their properties this summer,” said Simon Turpin, Hunter Local Land Services Agricultural Extension team leader.

“While many are still battling a tough season, some are looking to help their property recover, and we want to help producers manage their pastures and property to be better prepared for hard times in the future.

“Utilising dung beetles is just one management practice that can help build resilience on your property.”

Dung beetles can also have benefits in animal health through aiding in worm and fly control.

Dr Doube is a leading soil health expert with 29 years at the CSIRO and has plenty of expertise to share with local producers.

“We wanted to bring Dr Doube’s expert knowledge to local producers, to assist them with thinking about whole farm planning in drought recovery and management,” said Mr Turpin.

Workshop dates and locations:
Sunday 8 April 2018, 10am-3pm Martindale
Monday 9 April 2018, 10am-3pm Wollombi
Tuesday 10 April 2018, 10am-3pm Bulahdelah
Wednesday 11 April 2018, 10am-3pm Wherrol Flat.

Free morning tea and lunch will be provided.

More information and RSVP details are available at: https://hunter.lls.nsw.gov.au/resource-hub/events

Source: Western Local Land Services

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