Importing your records from CattleMax desktop versions

**IMPORTANT: Please do not enter any records into your CattleMax account until you receive an email indicating your data file has been imported.**

Sign up for a CattleMax online account - click here (if you have not already done so)

If you do not have photos linked in CattleMax CS

Please make a backup of your herd file and then send it via the Contact Form or to

  1. Open CattleMax CS, go to the Office button in the top left, click it to open the dropdown.
  2. Scroll down to Backup Herd File, click to open the Backup screen.

 3.  Check to be sure you select the correct file to backup.  The file selected should be in the format yourranchname.cmdb.

For ease of location of the backed-up file, be sure to back up to your computer desktop.

Attach the CattleMax CS backup file to an email to us at for import into your new CattleMax file.

If you have photos linked in CattleMax CS

Please follow these steps from the computer that contains your pictures.

  • Download and save the CattleMax CS Desktop Importer tool from This tool will give you an easy way to gather your CattleMax CS herd file and related cattle photos into a single file that is sent to us for importing into CattleMax Online.
  • After downloading and installing the Desktop Importer, click the Start or Windows button (lower left corner) on your computer, select All Programs or scroll through the programs (depending on the operating system on your computer), then Cattlesoft, then CattleMax CS, then choose the CattleMax Online Desktop Importer. Follow the on-screen steps to complete the process.
  • Send the file via the Contact us form.

If you are using an earlier version of CattleMax (2006, v2, v1)

Please make a backup of your herd file and send it via the contact us form or email it to us at

Windows 8 Additional Steps

Option 1 – Using the Desktop Importer

When you have all of the squares/tiles loaded, move your mouse around the page (not over any tiles), and you should see a down arrow inside of a circle – click that. This will show you the start menu (also called Apps screen). You may need to scroll to the right to see everything. Click the CattleMax Desktop Importer link and follow the steps in it.

Option 2 – If the Desktop Importer is not found or does not work

From the Apps screen

  1. Click “Documents” which will open Windows Explorer.
  2. Click “Windows (C:)” from the list on the left.
  3. Click “Cattlesoft.”
  4. Click “CattleMax CS.”
  5. Click “Data.”
  6. Right-click on your file, mouse over “Send To,” then click “Mail Recipient.” This action will attach your file to the email.

If you have pictures, you also need to

  1. Click the Back arrow at the top to go back to the “CattleMax CS” folder.
  2. Click “Cache.”
  3. Right-click on the folder matching your herd file name, mouse over “Send To,” then click “Mail Recipient.” This file will attach your photos to the email.

Using any of the methods above to get your desktop version file to us for conversion, you should receive a response within one business day of sending the file, indicating our receipt of the file. If you don't receive a response within that time, please reach out to us.

If you are using LonghornMax

Please follow the steps to import records from LonghornMax.

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