Congratulations to the 2020 Canterbury Ballance Farm Environmental award winners

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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.”

Environment Canterbury Water Quality Award

Our water quality award went to Mike & Nicky Salvesen from Wakare, Mount Somers.

A progressive vision for the future is guiding this Canterbury beef and deer farm, enabling it to adapt to changing conditions and reduce its environmental footprint.

The main block runs calving cows and breeding bulls for dairy herds, deer for venison production and about 1,000 lambs.

Genetic measurements are tracked as the business strives to continually improve the quality of the animals.

A second block runs dairy grazers and Wagyu beef, providing capital protection and forming part of the succession planning.

Numerous improvements have been made to the property in terms of both production and protecting the environment – including a significant tree-planting programme.

All activities are guided by an acute awareness of how they can affect the local and wider environment.

See all other winners on the Balance Farm Environment Awards website.

Our involvement

We are the regional partner for the Canterbury division of the Ballance Farm Environment Awards.

The Environment Canterbury Water Quality Award is for farm practices which reflect the strategic importance of this natural resource to Canterbury and the connectivity between land use practices and water quality.

About the awards programme

The aim of the Awards is to encourage and support farmers/growers to pursue good environmental practices.

When farmers/growers enter the awards, a team of judges visit the farm and discuss the entire operation.

The awards programme provides learning opportunities by showcasing the achievements of entrants and award-winning farmers, and sharing their knowledge, ideas and skills.

Being part of the awards is a stimulating, informative and enjoyable opportunity for farmers to benchmark their farm and provide the wider community with examples of good sustainable farming.

Past winners and more

Find out about past winners of the Canterbury Ballance Farm Environment Award and read other great farming stories on the Farm Environment Trust website.

Check out the Balance Farm Environment Awards website to find out more.