Skip to content

Using Dung Beetles to improve farm productivity - workshop for farmers

Dung beetles are nature's own recycling specialists and help make farming soils more productive and sustainable through aeration, leading to increased rainwater penetration and ground water retention.

Every day more than half a million tonnes of dung is dropped into Australian pastures, locking up nutrients and creating a breeding ground for bush flies, buffalo flies and other pests.

Dung beetle colonies are capable of burying manure left by a herd of 450 cattle in less than a day.

Greater Sydney Local Land Services (LLS) invites landholders and farmers to a workshop with renowned Dung Beetle expert, John Feehan. John will provide farmers with information about the benefits of using Dung Beetles, how to identify Dung Beetles and how to source suitable Dung Beetles for their property.

Workshop participants will learn how dung beetles are a very cost-effective biological means of pasture and nutrient improvement.

The workshop will be held at the LLS Demonstration Farm – University of Western Sydney Richmond Campus on Wednesday 9 September  and Mangrove Mountain Hall on Thursday 10 September from 10am – 3pm.

Bookings are essential.

Please register online for:

For further enquiries, please contact Maree Whelan, Land Services officer at LLS on 4352 5104 or

This project is supported by Greater Sydney Local Land Services through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Programme.