Our Team

John Donkers started Dairy Farm Management Services 20+ years ago, providing farm and business management advice and services to dairy farmer clients, predominantly in Canterbury.  John and his brother Leo own and operate 6 irrigated properties in Central Canterbury including 4 dairy units.

Brad Sutton began farm consulting in 1994 developing a client base in Canterbury and the West Coast which lead into a farming career over the following 12 years. During this time he developed a farming business and also worked in project management roles in Central Africa, developing dairy, beef and irrigated forage cropping farm systems. A return to NZ in 2013  saw a return to farm consultancy and the opportunity to work collaboratively with Dairy Farm Management Services.

Donald and Jose Arthur are owners and operators of Selwyn Rakaia Vet Services in Dunsandel, and became involved with DFMS in 2015. They recognised that there were good synergies between the businesses and DFMS had significant growth opportunities to provide services to the ever-expanding dairy sector.

Peter McLeod has 25+ years experience in the agribusiness sector: 10+ years agribusiness banking with Trustbank Canterbury and Rabobank NZ, as well as 15+ years senior management experience in large agriculture operating businesses.  His most recent position was General Manager Dairy with Craigmore Sustainables Ltd where he oversaw the group’s 20 dairy farms.

In 2016, the team decided to develop a plan to grow the business through offering a wider range of services to existing and new clients as a result of new irrigation areas coming on stream, resulting in land use intensification requiring farm consultant input, particularly with dairying.

A growth strategy was developed based on DFMS’s philosophy to only grow where they have great people that will add value to the client’s business.


John Donkers

John has spent the majority of his career involved in the dairy industry, starting out as a sharemilker and had early experience of large scale corporate farming working in various management roles for Applefields.

For the last twenty or so years he has operated Dairy Farm Management Services Ltd., providing farm and business management advice and services to dairy farmer clients…Read more




Brad Sutton

Brad lives in Darfield with his wife Greer and their three daughters. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Commerce (1993) from Lincoln University. He also holds a PG Dip in Commerce (1993) from Colorado State University (USA)…Read more






Donald Arthur

Donald graduated from Massey University with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science in 1982.  After a few years of working in dairy practice in the North Island he completed post graduate studies at Cornell University (USA)…Read more





Peter McLeod

Peter has spent the majority of his career in the agribusiness sector and has developed a range of skills and experience in larger operations and has also run his own business. Peter’s experience in the agribusiness sector includes agribusiness banking with Rabobank, South Island Commerical Manager with Pernod Ricard NZ, and more recently General Manager Dairy with Craigmore Sustainables…Read more






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