After months of internal development and testing, and recent approval by the Department of Agriculture for Herd Sync & Calf Registrations (see this post), Herdwatch is going to the next level, with a Beta version available for a limited number of users from the end of next week. We will be taking applications online for the next few days (here), and will randomly pick a number of farmers to be the lucky recipients of a free 1 year subscription to Herdwatch, starting with the Beta. So, where's the catch?
In what will be the last in our series of (badly) paraphrased JFK quotes, we say: "Ask not what Herdwatch can do for you, but what you can do for Herdwatch!". If you are interested in trying the Herdwatch Beta, here is what you need:
=> A Smartphone (iPhone or Android) and ideally a PC/Laptop
=> Be registered with Agfood.ie, the Department's Online Register (a free service)
=> Be willing to give us regular feedback, and engage with our Support technicians
=> While we have done a lot of testing, you may find the odd "bug", so we ask you to work with us while we resolve any issue
=> While we will do everything we can to avoid it, it is possible that you may lose some data (nothing affecting your Herd Register though)
We will be randomly picking from qualifying applicants, so don't be too disappointed if you don't get drawn out of the hat, we may extend the Beta numbers later, and you will always qualify for our "Early Adopter" discount when Herdwatch goes live soon!
If you're still reading, that's a good sign, now all you need to do is head over to this page and submit your details. If you had previously registered your interest in Herdwatch, but would like to apply for the Beta, please fill out this new form, it should only take a minute. Alternatively, or if you're extra lazy ;-) you can send a text with the words "FRS BETA" to 51444 and we will get back to you in the next few days.