What do dung beetles have to do with water quality?
Up to 80% of nitrogen in cow pats is lost to the atmosphere, surface water or groundwater if left on the surface.
But the Malanda Beef Group knew that dung beetles could help reduce this loss by burying it and cycling the organic matter and nutrients back into the soil.
This recycling of nutrients means that less fertiliser needs to be used for pasture maintenance.
Another major benefit is the reduction in Buffalo Fly.
One of the farmers involved in this trial, Gladys Borgert, says that in 18 months her Buffalo Fly problem was at least halved.