Friday, July 1, 2022

Tony Benny

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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.

Living the life

A trip to New Zealand to gain work experience for a university degree turned into a lifelong journey for a Canterbury farmer.

Breaking tech barriers

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.

Red Devon at the heart of an Ashburton farm

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.

Raising healthy calves

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.