Bruce is a dairy farmer from County Laois in Ireland. Coming from a large commercial farm business, Bruce received a Nuffield Scholarship to investigate dung beetles as a biological control mechanism for animal parasites. His research and travels have been in the area of beetle husbandry and grazing strategies. His emphasis is on reducing intervention through diagnosis and management. He sits on the AHI technical working group and the COWS steering board. He has run a couple of pilot programmes with farmers in the area of anthelmintics and dung beetles.
Join us on a tour of dung pats hunting for dung beetles. Dung beetles are vitally important insects improving the quality and structure of soil, cleaning pastures, reduce parasite burdens in livestock and providing a variety of other crucial services. Changes to agricultural practices and intensification have had significant impacts on them; particularly wormer use […]