​OverseerFM is a powerful decision support tool for individual farms. It enables farmers and rural professionals to analyse a farm's current situation and review the impact of different farm management or land use scenarios, which will lead to real change.

OverseerFM is user friendly software with built in help text. We also provide a comprehensive user guide, instruction videos and fact sheets. Though we don't run training courses, we have held demonstration workshops around the country to support the transition to OverseerFM. The most recent were run in conjunction with Federated Farmers, attended by over 300 farmers and rural professionals. There are several more to go in this series of free workshops, including Greymouth and Wairarapa. Once confirmed, we will publicise the dates here and through our next newsletter.

Overseer Limited work with key industry organisations to engage with our customers on significant changes in the software or our business.

Upcoming Events and OverseerFM Demonstration Workshops

NZIPIM 2019 National Conference
5 August 2019 | Chateau on the Park, Christchurch

Finding professional advice 

Providing meaningful Overseer analyses requires a sound knowledge of farm systems, nutrient management options and an understanding of how the science model works. We recommend seeking advice from a trained professional when creating a farm analysis that will influence your farming decisions.

Finding an accredited adviser

The industry has developed the Nutrient Management Adviser Certification Programme  in response to the growing need for sound advice on nutrient management. This programme certifies individual advisers using a transparent set of industry standards. Their website has a list of individual advisers and their contact details. 
Farm analyses required for industry reporting or compliance purposes may require this certification or a similar level of training or experience.

How can I learn more? 

A good first step is to read the Technical Description of Overseer that provides a general summary of the science model for people new to Overseer.
OverseerFM has a comprehensive user guide which you can download, user videos and YouTube webinars.

Courses that provide training in Nutrient Management

Comprehensive training in sustainable nutrient management is available through the Sustainable Nutrient Management courses provided by the Fertiliser and Lime Research Centre at Massey University. The two courses – intermediate and advanced – are the foundation of the Nutrient Management Adviser Certification Programme. 

Massey University, Lincoln University and Waikato University include Overseer as a part of their undergraduate agricultural degree courses. They use OverseerEd, software designed to meet the needs of training organisations. It enables education providers to teach our next generation of nutrient management specialists how Overseer can support understanding nutrient cycling on a farm. Education providers can enquire about how OverseerEd can meet their needs at info@overseer.org.nz