Overseer Limited does not provide training on using OverseerFM, but it does provide a detailed user guide and user videos, which can be found in our user portal.
We also work with key industry organisations to engage with our customers on significant changes in the software or our business.

Upcoming Events - OverseerFM Demonstration Workshops for Farmers

In June 2018, Overseer Limited released the game changing new OverseerFM software, which saves time by making it easier to enter and share data. Time savings from using OverseerFM have been calculated at 25 - 50%, depending on the complexity of the farm system. We introduced a farm account subscription charge for this software in February 2019. 

To support the transition to OverseerFM, and the new subscription funding, Federated Farmers and Overseer Limited have recently run workshops around the country, attended by over 300 farmers and rural professionals. There are several more to go in this series of free workshops (no need to register).
 Workshop  Date  Venue  Time
 Oamaru  10 April 2019  Brydone Hotel, Oamaru 10 am - 1 pm
 Ashburton  11 April 2019  Ashburton Hotel 10 am - 1 pm
 Fielding  17 April 2019  Manfield 10 am - 1 pm
 Greymouth  TBC  TBC 10 am - 1 pm
 Wairarapa  TBC  TBC 10 am - 1 pm

In collaboration with the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Overseer are running a couple of workshops to help farmers and small block holders get the most from their annual subscription to OverseerFM. The software can be used as a decision support tool enabling you to assess different management options on your farm, making it easy to collaborate with suitably qualified rural professionals. Plus OverseerFM can be used in regulation and industry certification schemes. 

This is a free event and there is no need to register or let us know you're coming. Please choose the workshop that best suits you. 

 Workshop  Date  Venue  Time
 OverseerFM workshop –   for farmers  Thursday 9 May 2019  Ngongotaha Community   Hall, 5 School Road,   Rotorua  11 am - 2 pm
 OverseerFM workshop –   for small block holders  Thursday 9 May 2019  Ngongotaha Community   Hall, 5 School Road,   Rotorua  7 pm - 9 pm

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 can be downloaded from within the software.

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.