In practice, it is about identifying a list of good practice actions, relevant and suitable for your particular farm and situation, and incorporating them into the conversion plan.
A Responsible Conversion Plan is about striving to be good dairy industry ambassadors, while setting up a successful and sustainable business.
On completion of the conversion, an ongoing environment plan (which may include areas of further development such as on-going planting or expansion of the dairy platform) should be developed.
An ongoing environmental improvement plan should ensure the farm continues to meet the Dairy company, council and your own expectations and objectives for the property. This may be a compliance requirement for some farms, in which case plans may be audited by an external party (e.g. some irrigation schemes).
All new conversions should meet compliance and the Sustainable Dairying Water Accord targets as a minimum.
If a plan is a compliance requirement, usually the organisation requesting the plan can provide a plan template. DairyNZ have a variety of resources available which could help with the plan preparation. For example, some catchments are completing sustainable milk plans which are a type of whole farm plan.