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Cattle Focus

New Update – September 2023 (V1.47.279.58) – Please make sure you are using this version of Cattle Focus.

Includes Herdwatch Transfer Wizard (click here for FAQ/guide)

For more information on the Herdwatch Partnership click here

To check your current version go to Help and About within Cattle Focus.

Before you start the installation process check that your licence is up to date and that you have taken a backup of your data. You will also need to make sure the program has been closed.

Windows 10 and Windows 11 operating systems only*

 *Please note – Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows Server 2008 are no longer supported by Microsoft, meaning this version of Cattle Focus will not install onto these Windows version.  Please contact Farmplan to discuss upgrading your PC if this is applicable.

Guides and manuals





Adding a twin after the first calving is saved

  1. Open the Dams record card and select the Breeding tab
  2. Now select the Previous births tab and then highlight the 1 Live calf already entered and click Edit calving
  3. Now select New from the right hand side and enter the details as required of the twin, Update and Save. This will create 2 lives calves against the dam and ping up another birth to be registered on the home page for you.
  4. The previous births will then show as follows: 2 live calves.

Assign Dam and Sire

Double-click the calf then select the ‘Parents and Progeny’ tab. Click on the small browse button against the Birth Dam (and / or Genetic Dam, Foster Dam, Sire) and select the required animal then click ‘OK’.

Entering a stillborn animal

To record the birth of a non-viable calf against the cow:

  • Open the Dams’ animal record card and select the ‘Breeding’ tab
  • Click ‘New Calving’  and enter the calving date
  • From the drop down list available select a number for ‘Stillborn’ or ‘Died before identified’

Both the ‘Current Calves’ report and the ‘Calving History’ report will include non-viable births.

Linking a cow to a calf

This can be done when recording the purchase.

  • Create a new purchase record and enter the details of the cow and her calf
  • Click ‘Next’ to move to the ‘Enter Dam and Sire Details’ window
  • Click on the calf’s record at the top of the window
  • In the bottom half of the window, click on the square box with 3 dots to the right of the ‘Birth dam:’ line
  • In the ‘Search Options’ at the top left of the next window, make sure you select ‘Search this purchase only’. This window will now only list the cows purchased with the calf
  • Select the dams’ record and click ‘OK’

Continue recording the purchase as usual.

Dam not showing

Cows that calve must be in the Breeding Heifers or Cows category. If they are shown as calves or Store/Finishing animals they must be transferred to the correct category.

  • Click the ‘Entries’ drop down menu select ‘Actions’ followed by ‘Cattle Transfers’
  • Alternatively, click ‘Actions’ on the List Bar on the left of the main screen, then select ‘Cattle Transfers’
  • Click ‘New’ and enter the transfer.

IMPORTANT Ensure the Transfer date is at least one day before the animal calved.


CTS Cross Check

CTS update

Herdwatch Transfer Wizard

How to complete the Herdwatch Transfer Wizard

Please refer to this guide for full instructions on how to complete the Herdwatch Transfer Wizard.

Installation and logging on

Operating systems

All our desktop programs must be installed within a current Windows operating environment (Windows 10 and Windows 11). With your device running an up-to-date antivirus product.

For more information about our recommended computer specs and advice on computer security click here.

Please contact Farmplan’s Hardware team if you have any further queries on 01594 545033 or email


Licencing your livestock software (video)

Licencing Farmplan software

Your software can be licenced by going to File and selecting Licence.

You will be given a new screen where you will have your details entered. Providing your Web Access Code has been entered, you can click Get Key followed by Register. 

Your licence will then be updated. To allow Farmplan to update using this method you will need to be connected to the internet.

If you do not have a Web Access Code or internet connection please contact Farmplan.


Entering a death

Entering a sale

Remove notifications (video)

If your homepage says there are Cattle Movements that need to be notified, but BCMS have already been notified, you can clear these manually. Watch the video below for more information.

Wrong animal moved

I’ve recorded an on or off movement against the wrong animal. How can I change this?

Firstly, telephone BCMS and tell them of your mistake and give them the correct details.

  • You cannot correct your Cattle Manager record
  • Telephone Farmplan software support on 01594 545022 with details of the error
  • Backup your current data and email the backup file to with your customer number and full details of the movement and ear tag number to be altered

The amendment will be made and your data backed up and returned to you as quickly as possible.

Hire bull

If this is the first time the bull has come onto your holding, do the following:

  • From the Entries drop down menu select Animal Movements followed by Create Not Owned Animals
  • Alternatively, click on Animal Movements on the List Bar on the left of the main screen, then select Create Not Owned Animals
  • Click on New on the main Toolbar at the top of the Cattle Manager screen to open the data entry window
  • Click on New on the toolbar of the data entry window that opens
  • Complete the details of the date the animal moved onto your holding and the details of the location it came from
  • Click on Enter Animals at the bottom left of the window
  • Enter the record for the animal coming onto your holding
  • Continue through the data entry windows clicking on Next to proceed to the next window and Finish to create the entry. The bull can be viewed by clicking on the link to Breeding Bulls, either from your Homepage or from the Cattle Inspector on the left of your main screen. Make sure the drop down list on the main screen toolbar is selected to show On my holding only. The status of the animal will be showing as Not owned by me and on my holding. Record a Movement Between Holdings to return the bull to it’s home location when it leaves your holding.

If the hire bull has been on your holding before:

  • Simply record a Movement Between Holdings to bring him back onto your holding.

Reference animals

Remove reference animals

  • Click on Setup on the List Bar on the left of the main screen, then select Reference Cattle
  • Double click on a Reference animal to open its record card
  • Click on Edit on the Toolbar of the record card
  • Take the tick from the box by Active animal at the top right of the next window
  • Click on Save
  • Repeat as necessary.

Select Active reference cattle only on the main screen Toolbar to see only your active reference animals or select All reference cattle to view all reference animals ever used in your records, should you need to reactivate any.


Excluding or filtering reports

If you are looking to run a report but you want to filter by a group of animals or you want to exclude a group of animals you can do this by following the below steps:

1. Open the report library
2. Select your report
3. Select the required information, for example Sort by: Official tag or DOB
4. Select the group of animals you want. This can be done by ticking the required filter on the right

5. If you would like to select all animals except animals in a particular filter you can right click on the heading and select Exclude. Once ticked, these animals will then not be shown in the report.


Category transfer

My program is showing Demonstration Data, how do I access my data?

If your program is showing Demonstration Data you will need to go to File > Select Dataset within the program and click the drop down arrow (shown below in red) and select your own business before pressing Ok. This will then take you into your business.

New breed codes (Video)

Version number

To establish which version of Cattle Manager is in use:

  • Go to the Help menu
  • Click on About Cattle Manager

The program version and your Farmplan customer number will be displayed.



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