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The Dung Beetle Conference: 11th – 12th June 2024

The first ever Dung Beetle Conference, hosted by the Farm Carbon Toolkit in partnership with dairy cooperative First Milk and Somerset Dairy Company Yeo Valley, is taking place on 11th and 12th June 2024.

Vet Sustain

The humble dung beetle is of vital importance to the farming industry. It has been estimated to contribute more than £350 million per year to UK agriculture via its ‘ecosystem services’ as a soil engineer, climate enhancer, and pathogen reducer. This conference will celebrate this mighty hero, bringing together famers, vets, researchers, ecologists and policy makers to discuss how we can work together to bring about action on integrating nature and farming.

Over the two days, delegates will explore the latest research findings, delve into vet/farmer case studies, and participate in discussion workshops. There will be the opportunity to take part in two dung beetle ‘safari’s’ learning about how these little champions contribute to soil and wider ecosystem health. Delegates will also explore the concept of ‘integrated parasite management’ and how this can be applied to farm with nature, reduce the reliance on parasiticides and protect ecosystems.

Rob Howe, Vet and Co-organiser of the conference added “Applied agro-ecology is such an exciting field and so important and applicable to livestock farming and vetting, it's really exciting to be able to bring together so many key voices on the subject in one place. You'll hear about solutions like IPM from farmers, vets, entomologists and researchers as well as have an opportunity to shape future policy and regulation. The evening meal and day 2 early morning agroforestry dung fauna safari is not to be missed!”

For more details and to book your place, visit: One and two-day ticket options are available.