What makes the difference between unavailable nutrients (dirt and parent rock) and available nutrients for the grass to access? Microbes. Microbes make nutrients available to the plants which in turn flow into the cattle when eaten.
The dung beetles take their feast of dung into the soil, opening it up and making food available for plants and microbes. Our cattle can produce in excess of 5 tonnes of cow-poo each day, and such excellent potential should not be wasted.
After much belching and farting, ‘dung’ is excreted from the cattle approximately 24 to 72 hours after it entered their chops. This dung pile may not seem that exciting or even a little disgusting to the human eye, but it provides food for another important but often overlooked little critter, the dung beetle.
The Gundooee herd graze on a nutrient dense pasture. They have a selection of up to 70 different perennials on their plates to munch on. Eating is their primary past time and they just love doing it as there is so much choice.