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9A McGregor Lane • 03 307 6031
36 Hickory Place • 03 344 5645
Bede Prendergast 027 706 6682 Maurice Jordan 027 260 7821 Nick Wilson 027 498 7044
6480 T3 Perkins engine,12 front weights,
Belly weight, Datatronic 3 monitor 2,147hours $95,000+GST
Dynashift transmission, fitted with
a Stoll HD30 loader 4,800 hours
full spec 50 Kph, Climate control.
On 14.9 R46 rears and 14.9 R30 fronts.
24X24 Power shuttle
C/W 876 loader 3,700 hours
12X12 Mechanical Shuttle
C/W Pearson loader 4,128 hours
4WD c/w front end loader. 6,473 hours
Fitted with Valtra 930 SL FEL with
3rd service, euro hitch. 1,780 hours
Bare tractor, 4 rear remotes, 600/65R38
rears 480/65R28 fronts 5,362 hours
Fitted with a Manip s/l loader 4047 hours
MAG Duals all round 2,493 hours
Fitted with JD 653 front end loader
Fitted with 731 S/L loader 7,382 hours
Front axle and cab suspension Fitted
with JD 631 FEL 1,753 hours
Fitted with a Fairbrother single crowd ram
loader. 8,922 hours
Bare tractor, cab suspension, very tidy
MCCORMICK XTX 145 Bare tractor, hydraulic cab suspension,
full setof weights. 1,784 hours
Telehandler 9 Mtr boom reach, 3.2T lift
capacity5, 102 hours
1 Year Old Rear Mower
Series 1 63200 Bales Combi Round Baler
WELGER RP 150
3x3 Series 1 Baler
10-12 Forage Wagon
6m3 Rotary Manure Spreader
4 Furrow Reversible Plough
3 mtr Offset Discs
027 201 9830 (24 Hrs)
Lifestyle Blocks • Hay Cartage
Let's Talk Farming
POULTRY POWER: Rhonda and Harry Bennik.
Benniks leads in
Barns more natural environment
By KAY BLUNDELL
BENNIKS POULTRY Farm has
been leading New Zealand's
poultry farming trends for about
The Horowhenua family busi-
ness was the first to import
cages for hens in the 1960s, and
the first to move away from bat-
tery farming and receive SPCA
accreditation for barn and free-
range farming in the 1990s.
Owner Harry Bennik's
parents emigrated from the
Netherlands, and his father and
uncle started poultry farming in
Paremata in the early 1960s.
When they started, barn farm-
ing was the norm, with hens
A few years later they fol-
lowed overseas trends and star-
ted importing cages, which was
modern poultry farming at that
time. They were one of the first
poultry farmers in the country to
put hens in cages, and ran a bat-
tery farm for about 20 years.
When they moved to Ohau,
Horowhenua, they continued
battery farming -- barn farming
was very much seen as old hat
and irrelevant in a modern
world'', Mr Bennik said.
However, in the early 1990s,
when he and his brother took
over the business, there was
growing concern about the wel-
fare of hens in cages.
We decided battery farming
days were limited. Upgrading
the farm, we converted all shed-
ding to a barn system. It was
much better for the hens and felt
like a much nicer way of farming
animals,'' Mr Bennik said.
They were the first in the
country to convert completely
away from battery cages and
first to receive SPCA accredita-
tion for good animal welfare
practice for egg production.
get free range into the super-
markets; they could not see the
sense in it then.''
Free-range farming was a lot
more labour intensive and more
land was required, compared
with battery systems, he said.
Multi-layered cages inside
shedding can cram a huge num-
ber of birds into a small area of
space, it is fantastic economy of
scale, but it did not feel right to
be cramming them into small
cages where they just become
These days, he is a big fan of
the barn system.
With 32,000 barn hens and
8000 free range, he believes
barns provide ideal environ-
ments for hens.
A hen is not really a pasture
creature -- it is a forest-laying
fowl and likes a canopy. They
feel quite vulnerable in open
paddocks, because of predators,''
Mr Bennik said.
The great thing about barns
is they can express their natural
freedoms to nest, roam around,
scratch, socialise and continu-
ously drink and feed, protected
from the weather.''
The business has expanded
and it now provides about
24,000 dozen eggs a week to
most supermarkets throughout
the larger Wellington region,
Horowhenua and Manawatu, as
well as exporting to Singapore
and Hong Kong.
-- FAIRFAX NZ
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