Dung Beetles: The secret of profitable soil fertility
Are you spending more and more money on fertiliser to grow grass, but are not being paid any more for the cattle you produce?
There is a natural and very economical way to increase soil fertility, improve soil structure, and give you more pasture growth. Vast areas of Southern Australia where cattle and horses graze are well suited to establishing Bubas bison dung beetles. When abundant, they make it possible to significantly reduce input costs, while increasing production.
Once established, the beetles will breed up in numbers until they are limited by the supply of dung. They can go on indefinitely providing benefits to soil fertility and structure at no cost.
Benefits of establishing Bubas bison are:
- Significant quantities of clay are brought to the soil surface bringing up nutrients that have been leached beyond the reach of pasture roots. The clay increases the cation exchange capacity and also the water holding capacity of sandy topsoil.
- Tunnels are dug to a depth of 50 cm, and dung is buried in them. This creates a pathway allowing and encouraging pasture root growth deep into the clay subsoil. In time this permanently changes the structure of the clay subsoil and builds new topsoil to a depth of 50 cm.
- Creates the conditions that encourage earthworms to become more abundant and to work deeper in the soil.
- Improves water cycle by allowing more water infiltration.
- Increases aeration of the soil.
- Breaks the life cycle of internal parasites in cattle and horses during the winter months by burying the parasite eggs with the dung.
Our season for supplying dung beetles is May& June each year. Early orders are supplied first. We sell them in starter colonies of 1,000 beetles.
Prices for 2013:
- 1 to 9 colonies $600 each + $20 for packing and postage + GST
- 10 or more colonies to one address $550 each + $20 for packing and postage + GST