Nutrient Management Plan and OverseerFM

Nutrient Management Plan documents

The intent of the nutrient management plans is to outline a pathway for the farm to meet its nitrogen discharge allocation and to identify areas on farm to align with industry good management practices to reduce the risk of N and P losses from farm.

For most farms the nutrient management plan will support a resource consent application required to farm under Plan Change 10.

Nutrient Management Plan template >40ha

Nutrient Management Plan template 10-40ha

Nutrient Management Plan template 5-10ha simplified

Nutrient Management Plan User Guide

Overseer have, to date, released best practice data input standards (BPDIS) for completion of Overseer analyses. Bay of Plenty Regional Council has set out the input protocols to be used for implementing Lake Rotorua Nutrient Management Proposed Plan Change 10 and monitoring properties under Rule 11.

Overseer now issue a User Guide within the software that incorporate BPDIS. Councils input protocols are based on the latest OverseerFM user guide and enable a more consistent approach between properties across the Lake Rotorua catchment operating under a nutrient restriction.

Overseer will update these standards as new versions of OverseerFM are released and Bay of Plenty Regional Council will update its data input protocols accordingly.

For more information about Overseer visit their website.

In addition to the information on the website BOPRC has developed a guide to help landowners transition and set up their farm accounts in the new software in line with BOPRC data requirements. 

BOPRC landowner OverseerFM farm account set up guidelines

What happens with future Overseer change?

As Overseer continues to improve and incorporate new research into the model, the reference file outputs will change. This table shows the outputs of the reference files in the current version of Overseer and will be updated as Overseer versions are updated.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council data input protocols

Overseer has released a new model interface called OverseerFM.

Overseer Nutrient Budgets will be phased out by the middle of 2019, at which time this software will no longer be available to use.

Overseer has developed new, more user-friendly OverseerFM software that is available at – more information can be found at

XML farm files from this legacy software can be uploaded into an OverseerFM farm account. The files need to be created in (or have been updated to) version 6.2.3 or version 6.3.0.

If a farm system is being modelled in Overseer Nutrient Budgets please use: 

Final practice note Rotorua catchment OVERSEERFM v6.3.2 data input protocols