For Central Queensland cattle producer Mick Alexander, dung beetles are proving to be the linchpin in his grazing management regime. By activating the flow of nutrients, carbon and water into his soils it is radically improving both pasture rehabilitation and livestock production performance. Mick and his wife Nola and two boys run a beef cattle grazing operation in the Fitzroy Basin in Central Queensland, running around 800 head of cattle annually in a paddock to plate operation.

As Mick explains in the video, it was the attention to soil health and addressing soil nutrient deficiencies, coupled with the humble dung beetle and a shift to rotational grazing and flexible stocking rates that were pivotal to improving his cattle condition score, liveweight gain and drought resilience.