The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine launched a free app, Calf-Reg, which allows calf birth registrations to be completed in a convenient manner in July 2020.
The app is linked to a farmer's agfood.ie account, but it gives access solely to the calf birth registration function and thereby allows a much more straightforward process.
The registration facility can be accessed offline, allowing calf birth registration information to be recorded direct from the shed or yard without internet access.
The information will then be submitted when you gain internet access.
Another significant benefit of the app is that as you log in using your username, PAC number and password, you can create a four-digit pin which can be used for 14 days to quickly access the app, which also leads to faster access.
Due to the timing of the launch and the fact that a high percentage of calf births take place in the first six months of the year, many herdkeepers are unaware of its existence and continue to submit registrations through the Department’s aggood.ie facility.
The following is a summary of the main functions of Calf-Reg:
In addition to the basic registration process, Calf-Reg allows recording of information such as genetic dam, sire tag number, AI code and calving difficulty information.
It should be noted that in order to use the Calf-Reg app, you first need to be registered as a herdkeeper on agfood.ie.
The first time you log on to the app, you will be required to enter your username, password and selected digits from your PAC code.
This will allow you to enter a four-digit pin, which you will be asked for when you open the app.
The app will remain logged in for 14 days, after which time you will be required to re-enter your username, PAC code and password. You can also select to fully log out of the app if you wish.