The project was initiated by the Dung Beetle Release Strategy Group. The DBRSG was driven by a group of passionate landowners, with support from their science provider Landcare Research and their invaluable financial stakeholders through an MPI Sustainable Farming Fund Project.

To insure the long term success of dung beetles in NZ a company was formed in 2014 called Dung Beetle Innovations. The key staff member is Dr Shaun Forgie, who previously worked for Landcare Research as the science provider to the DBRSG.DBI logo

Andrew Barber has remained on as the Project Manager. Andrew can be contacted on 027 498 3620 or email at or by visiting

Dr Shaun Forgie is an entomologist and the Director of Production. For all technical enquiries contact Shaun on 021 040 8685 or at

Limited numbers of beetles will be available this summer! See the FAQ page for package descriptions. An order form can be downloaded here. Our Terms and Conditions of Sale.

Farmer Foundation Sponsors


Dean and Marjorie Blythen, Warkworth
Steve & Judi Cooper, Warkworth
Humphry deLautour, Auckland
John Pearce, South Head Kaipara


Ross Stevenson & Ralph Tait, Nikauri Gold Alpacas, Kumeu
Frank & Anya Walkington, Shamarra Alpacas, Akaroa
Lindsay Walton, Mahurangi West


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