After learning about farming on a sheep farm during university holidays, Tony Benny worked in newspapers, radio and TV news and then joined Country Calendar as a reporter/director and he stayed there for more than 20 years. Nowadays, he’s a freelance farming writer and photographer and shoots and produces video for a range of clients, mostly associated with agriculture.
March 15, 2022
Lincoln University is practicing what it preaches about sustainability, thanks in part to a group of environmental science students who three years ago produced their own sustainability plan for the agricultural education institution.
November 1, 2021
An exciting new discovery by an AgResearch scientist will change the composition of infant formulas and has the potential to be a financial boom.
September 14, 2021
Research shows there are numerous barriers to the uptake in technology by farmers and many of these are interconnected. Farmers’ reluctance to share data is slowing the adoption of technology that could help transform New Zealand’s food production systems to be more sustainable, resilient and consumer-focused, a study by researchers from AgResearch has found.
September 14, 2021
Large-scale Canterbury farmers Richard and Chrissie Wright are so passionate about their Red Devon cattle and such is their belief in the quality of their meat, they bought a restaurant in Havelock in the Marlborough Sounds to share it with diners. The Wrights combined dairying and beef production on their 1850-hectare farm at Ashburton, milking 3500 cows on three separate dairy units.
August 16, 2021
Calf rearing is an important part of the farm business and feeding them enough so they develop to their full potential is essential. Many New Zealand dairy cows don’t achieve their high-producing genetic potential because they aren’t fed enough as calves and therefore don’t grow quickly enough, vet and sharemilker Nicola Neal says.