Tony Coltman is currently an Equity Manager and Director in Datona Ltd/Canlac Holdings Ltd., a 1,400 cow equity partnership at Dunsandel, Canterbury. He grew up in Nelson although he comes from a non-farming background he graduated from Lincoln University with a BCom Ag (Farm Management) and Diploma in Farm Management (with distinction).
Having held several senior management positions in Rural banking both in New Zealand and Australia he was also the General Manager for Development and Extension for Dexcel (now DairyNZ) prior to spending four and a half years as General Manager and shareholder/Director for Focal Dairies, a 4,000 cow pasture based dairy operation in Missouri, USA.
Tony has three children, aged 13, 15 and 19. He and his wife, Dana Carver, are passionate about farmer wellness and sustainable lifestyles. In addition to the farm, they own a coaching and training business and established a charitable organisation which promotes and implements community wellness.