11 March 2020
Dunsandal dairy farmers Tony Coltman and Dana Carver of Canlac Holdings have won the Canterbury Ballance Farm Environment Awards.
The Ballance Farm Environment Awards champion sustainable farming and growing through an awards programme which sees one Regional Supreme Winner selected from each of the 11 regions involved. These Regional Supreme Winners will be profiled at the Awards’ National Sustainability Showcase in Wellington on Thursday 4 June, with each in the running for the Gordon Stephenson Trophy.
Being early adopters of research and methods to reduce their environmental footprint was one of the key reasons Dunsandel’s Canlac Holdings won the Canterbury Supreme Award. The judges said Tony and Dana were farming sustainably in terms of the environment, people and economically.
“They show a great commitment and knowledge of reducing nitrate leaching,” the judges said.
In addition, the couple has clear goals for both themselves and the health and wellbeing of staff, plus are heavily involved in off-farm activities.
“They demonstrate excellent leadership and motivation to connect with the wider community.”
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In addition to the 2020 Supreme Regional Award, they also received the: