Soil/Carbon

 Dung Beetle

  What does dung beetle activity assist with? Dung beetles shred or disperse dung.Ball rollers do this by removing wads of dung/ pieces of the pad and rolling it away – it may then be anchored to pieces of vegetation or buried.Tunnellers bury the dung in the ground to depths of between a few centimetres to 1 metre.

 Dung Beetle activity assists in:

  • Reducing nutrient run off into dams, streams and waterways.
  • Reducing Algal blooms in waterways.
  • Increasing water infiltration into soil.
  • Burying dung and thus nutrients into plant root zone.
  • Increasing soil fertility.
  • Reducing the need for chemical fertilizers.
  • Reducing pasture fouling.
  • Tunneling activity of beetles aerates soil.
  • Rapid burial of dung pads removes fly breeding habitat and reduces water content in the dung so that larval incubation does not occur.
  • Reducing bushfly and buffalo fly numbers.
  • Reducing parasite loads on livestock.

Dung beetles shred or disperse dung.

Ball rollers do this by removing wads of dung/ pieces of the pad and rolling it away – it may then be anchored to pieces of vegetation or buried.

Tunnellers bury the dung in the ground to depths of between a few centimetres to 1 metre.

The benefits include:

ECOSYSTEM

Improving water quality into dams and storages.
Reducing Algal blooms in waterways.
Reducing chemicals in the environment.
Reducing the need for chemicals in meat products.
Increasing water infiltration into the soil.
Reducing nutrient run off into dams, streams and waterways.
Increasing soil fertility.
Increasing available plant nutrients .
Burying dung and thus nutrients into plant root zone.
Creating tunnels into the soil both when burying dung and on emergence of new beetles.
Reducing pasture fouling.


HEALTH

Reducing water contamination and algal blooms.
Reducing chemicals in meat products.
Reducing parasite loads on livestock.
Interrupting the life cycle of some internal parasites.
Reducing bushfly and buffalo fly numbers.


AESTHETIC


Reducing bushfly populations.
Removing pads from pasture.
Reducing algal blooms from nutrient run off into dams, streams and waterways.
Rapid burial of dung pads removing the fly breeding habitat and reducing the water content of the dung so that larval incubation does not occur.

 

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North East Downs Landcare Public Fund

Heritage Building Society

Account Number: 7485182

BSB: 638-080

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Farm Agronomy

Queensland Water and Landcarers

Condamine Catchment Management association

Condamine Alliance

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