The Good The Bad & The Ugly
Dung Beetles, Buffalo Fly & Pestivirus
Farmers from far and wide attended the dung beetle field day, “The Good The Bad and The Ugly”. With approximately 50 people attending, the day covered dung beetles, Buffalo Fly and Pestivirus.
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Amanda Pollard-Harris of Northern Landcare Support Services (NLSS) was excited by the enthusiasm for dung beetles in the local area, commenting: “From all the feedback people really enjoyed the day and want more information on identifying and monitoring dung beetles as well as distributing this quiet achiever.”
Dung beetle expert Dr Bernard Doube talked about the benefits that dung beetles bring. These benefits include improving nutrient cycling in the soil, increasing soil carbon, improving water infiltration and soil aeration and reducing the breeding habitat for pest flies such as bush fly and buffalo fly.
Dr Doube also has experience researching buffalo fly and in conjunction with LHPA Vet Matthew Ball answered many questions about the control and management of buffalo fly. Once thought to be a coastal and QLD problem only, buffalo fly have increased their range in recent years causing issues for producers across our region.
Pestivirus is also of concern to cattle producers mind at the moment, with many concerned about the possible impacts on their herd. Matthew Ball presented the facts on pestivirus and talk about how cattle producers can begin to look at tackling the problem. Matthew suggested that landholders work together more on disease and pest management; “I’m happy to come out to your local area to talk to groups of landholders to promote integrated pest and disease management in livestock in a locally coordinated way”.
The day was funded through Northern Rivers CMA and the Commonwealth Governments Caring for our Country program. It is also supported by the Livestock Health & Pest Authority.