Dung Beetles Aid in Reducing Flies and Gastrointestinal Parasites in Pastures
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Wise, Ken; Baker, Michael; Jaime, Cummings
Dung beetles are important insects for pasture ecology and soil health. They move manure into the soil, thus increasing organic matter, improving soil structure, increasing water infiltration and providing essential nutrients for grass growth. As the majority of cow/calf and stocker operations are pasture based, and with the increased interest in finishing beef on grass, and grass-based dairies, there has been renewed interest surrounding the importance of dung beetles in pasture ecology.
NYS IPM Type: Livestock Fact Sheet
New York State Integrated Pest Management Program
Agricultural IPM; Livestock; Cattle; Goats; Horses; Sheep; Pasture
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