Dung Beetles for Farmers is run by a group of farmers, entomologists and a vet. We give our time for free to support dung beetles and promote their benefit to farmers.
We are not currently funded and are always keen to speak to companies, organisations or individuals who would like to support the work we do. We would like to be able to spread the word wider and make a difference, this unfortunately takes time and money. If you would like to support us then please get in touch to discuss options.
The following companies very generously help support us in having a stand at the 2021 Groundswell conference. We are very grateful for their contribution.
The Pasture-Fed Livestock Association (PFLA) champions the regenerative role of ruminant animals (cattle, sheep, goats etc) and the grazed pastures and habitats they evolved alongside. Specifically, the PFLA promotes the benefits of raising these animals wholly from pasture – demonstrating that this brings the maximum positive impact in the areas of ecological, animal and human health – and has developed farming standards that underpin the Pasture for Life certification.
Farmers involved in the association are very active in working with nature when managing their livestock.
Cotswold Seeds provide grass seed, legumes, herbs, wildflower and environmental mixes for conventional and organic livestock and arable farmers. They offer bespoke seed mixtures and impartial advice.
Of particular interest are their anthelmintic plants mixes including chicory, sainfoin and birdsfoot trefoil which provide alternative solutions to control parasites in livestock including worms and gastrointestinal nematodes. By using anthelmintic mixes you can help reduce parasites in your livestock and so reduce the need to treat them with chemicals that impact dung beetle numbers.
Techion produce the FECPAKG2, an internet connected, image based DIY diagnostic platform scientifically validated to conduct faecal egg count (FEC) tests on animals.
By testing for faecal eggs you can reduce the need to treat for worms so reducing the impact on dung beetles and reducing costs.
The Groundswell event provides a forum for farmers and anyone interested in food production or the environment to learn about the theory and practical applications of Conservation Agriculture or regenerative systems, including no-till, cover crops and re-introducing livestock into the arable rotation, with a view to improving soil health.