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Frequently Asked Questions

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Herdwatch is available as a yearly subscription for just €130 inc. VAT per herd including support and updates. If you are new to Herdwatch, you can sign up to our FREE trial by clicking HERE.

You will need to validate your card details in order to start your 30-day free trial. Don’t worry, you will NOT be charged until your trial ends, and we will email you at least 3 days before as a reminder, and if you cancel anytime during the trial, you will not be charged.

If you stick with us (as 9 out of 10 farmers who try Herdwatch do), your paid subscription will start after your free trial ends, once successful payment has been processed.

At present the only way we accept payment for Herdwatch is by credit/debit card. By paying securely using your card, we are able to set up a recurring payment so when your account is due for renewal we just charge your card again, you don’t need to do anything.

Herdwatch is fully approved by the Department of Agriculture and has the ability to download your herd details directly from Agfood.

It is essential that you link Herdwatch with your Agfood profile as soon as possible so you can download your animals into Herdwatch and start registering calves or requesting Movement Certs.

Click HERE to see a quick video tutorial and answers to frequently asked questions about linking to Herdwatch on Agfood.

The Herdwatch farming app is free to download (you will need a valid Herdwatch subscription to use it which you can get here). Most iPhones, iPads, Android phones & tablets and Computers / Laptops are compatible. (For a full list of compatible devices click here)

Apple iPhone and iPads: Click HERE from your device or go to the App store, search for Herdwatch and download it for free

Android Smartphones & tablets: (Sony, Samsung, etc) Click HERE from your device or go to the Google Play store and download Herdwatch for free

If you require Herdwatch on a PC or Laptop please contact us and we will send you a link to install it.

You will receive your password by text within 1 business day after you have signed up for Herdwatch. This password is used to sign into the app along with your mobile number. Signing in is normally a once off process unless you sign out.

Once you have selected Herdwatch on Agfood, we will send you a 6-digit PIN by email within 1 business day. This PIN is NOT your Herdwatch password but is important as you will need it to download your animals into Herdwatch. You will also need it for all other Department interactions such as Calf Registration, Farm-to Farm Movement Certs and to sync your Herd.

Note: for security reasons, the PIN can only be sent to the email address registered on your Agfood profile. If this is incorrect make sure to update it on Agfood.

With Herdwatch you can register calves or apply for movement certs in less time than it takes to boil the kettle!

You can also record Remedies for Bord Bia and Cross compliance (including for Sheep and other on-farm animals), Feed Purchases for Bord Bia, Weights, Dry-offs (which will be sent to ICBF), Breeding events, and Pesticides / Spray for compliance with the Sustainable Use of Pesticides Directive (SUD).

Herdwatch is very easy to use, but if you need assistance on how to create or edit these records, simply visit the Help section in the app, and if that’s not enough contact us and we will get in touch.

To use most of the features you DO NOT require an internet connection!

Herdwatch has an offline mode which means almost all records (including calf details) can be created or edited without any connection. This is a vital feature to allow you to work anytime, anywhere and gives a farmer a truly mobile solution for keeping farm records.

The only time you need a connection would be to sign into the app or sign out and for Department interactions. Our “Backup & Sync” feature allows you to create and save records offline and they will be automatically backed up every few hours when you are in Herdwatch if an internet connection is available.

Once you have signed up to Herdwatch you can use it on as many devices as you wish, at no extra cost. Herdwatch is compatible with almost all smartphones, and also works on tablets, PCs and Laptops (For a full list of compatible devices click here).

Our “Backup & sync” feature also allows for easy flow of information from one device to another.

Yes, but not so fast…if you have any written compliance records (remedies etc…) covering previous years, you must keep those until the regulatory time has elapsed (currently at least 5 years for remedies – please check the requirements of your particular scheme)

Once you start recording all your cattle remedies in Herdwatch, this is done in a fully compliant manner so you don’t need to re-enter them in the blue book or on any kind of paperwork.

However, in order to be fully compliant with the Department of Agriculture Herd Register and Movements legislation, you must register on the Agfood website for the Bovine Electronic Register. This removes the need to maintain your Herd book if you also use Herdwatch*.

Even though you are set up on Agfood and Herdwatch you will not automatically be registered for Bovine Electronic Register. It’s very easy to register for this, simply follow the Steps below;

1. Log into Agfood.ie
2. Go into Animal Identifications and Movements
3. Click on Herd (Its located on the top of the page)
4. Click on Bovine Electronic Herd Register
5. You will have to enter your email address twice and click the Terms and Conditions box.

This means that the Agfood website will act as your official Herd register should you have a Cross Compliance inspection.

*Note: You should take regular backups of your Herdwatch information by running the relevant Herdwatch reports which you can then archive to a secure location for safe-keeping.

Yes, multiple herds can be managed from a single Herdwatch account.

Note: The subscription is per herd, so if you own or manage more than one herd you will need a subscription for each herd. Some discounts may apply for multiple herds so please contact us for more details (conditions apply).

If you are an ICBF (Herd plus) subscriber, Herdwatch sends relevant information recorded in the app directly to ICBF’s herd plus website, so there is no duplication of work. All inseminations, scan results, weight records and dry-offs entered into Herdwatch are automatically sent to ICBF daily.

Note: The ICBF auto-export feature is turned on by default but can be turned off for your herd by contacting us.

Got a question? Get in touch!

Call: 0505-34400 (9am-5pm Mon-Fri)

Email: info@herdwatch.ie

Herdwatch, Derryvale, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary, Ireland

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