• Benefits of dung beetles on horse properties

    Dung beetles in Australia Australia has more than 500 species of native dung beetles and 23 species of dung beetles introduced from Hawaii, Africa and southern Europe. The introduced dung beetles are very useful in Australia’s agricultural regions. Where they are well established, these dung beetles bury large volumes of

  • Amazing facts about dung beetles

    Adapted from the article by Marcus Byrne Professor of Zoology and Entomology, University of the Witwatersrand Dung beetles are very cool creatures! They eat your horse or cow poo (how fantastic!), decompact soil and increase the availability of nutrients (and water)! Dung beetle behaviour has fascinated humans for thousands of

  • 8 ways to manage run-off and control erosion on horse properties

    Original article by Dr. Mariette van den Berg, published in the Horses and People Magazine (November 2016). Cover photo by Linda Zupanc. When it comes to horse property layout, it pays to consider the permaculture design approach because it aims to build systems that are easier to manage, more efficient

  • Permaculture zone planning for horse properties

    Orginal article by Dr. Mariette van den Berg (MB Equine Services), Published in the Horses & People Magazine (August 2016) When it comes to horse property layout, it pays to consider following the permaculture design approach because it aims to build systems that are easier to manage, more efficient and

  • Horse & Land Owner Story: A place to Call Home

    Published in Horses and People Magazine Feb 2016 A secluded corner of the Lockyer Valley has, for the second time around, become home to European settlers chasing their dream; to create a prosperous, healthy lifestyle integrating family with their love of horses, cattle and rural country living. “We want to

  • Paddock subdivision allows more strategic grazing

    Published in the Horses and People Magazine March 2016 Most horse owners recognise a horse-sick pasture; the one with poor quality grasses containing weeds, compacted, eroded soils and manure build-up with parasite pollution. Some think the problem is caused by overstocking with too many horses but, did you know that

  • What is equine permaculture?

    Published in Horses and People Magazine (Feb 2016) While many people begin to explore ways to make farming more sustainable and others think of the lifestyle choices that can help save the planet, the question is can horse owners be part of the solution instead of adding to the problem?

  • Carob for horses

    By Mariette van den Berg, BAppSc. (Hons), MSc., RAnNutr. (Equine Nutrition) Introduction In a previous article we describe the benefits of trees and shrubs as fodder and provided  some examples of potential forage trees and shrubs for horses (see Alternative forages). Trees and shrubs can supplement the quantity and quality

  • Making changes for the better

    We asked horse and land owners to tell us a short story about their property, pasture and/or horse management journey. We are all aware that this an ongoing process with lots of new learning curves (as we progress). However, each story is unique, and will have some valuable tips that

  • Drug Resistance in Horse Worms: An Australian Study

    09/03/2015 by Dr Anne Beasley, School of Veterinary Science, University of Queensland (reposted from Horses and People Magazine) Three years on from the launch of an Australian study into drug resistance in horse worms, the results are in! The project produced some really useful data which was lacking in the