Canadian Angus Association (CAA)

Canadian Angus Association Interface with CattleMax

As a registered plan CattleMax customer and member of the Canadian Angus Association, you can save yourself time and effort by using the following features.  

  • Import your breed association cattle records into CattleMax
  • Register your calves with the association after adding the calf to CattleMax
  • Update herd EPDs

The Herd Inventory file or Herd Extract is a copy of your active registered cattle records, 3 generation pedigrees, current EPDs, and current performance information as previously submitted to the association. 

The EPD or Performance file contains a current copy of your registered animals’ EPDs and is commonly downloaded when new EPDs are released by the Association.

Important Items to Note:

  • If importing records, please wait until the import process is complete before entering any records into your CattleMax Online account.
  • Do not open any files from the association prior to importing them into CattleMax as this will likely lead to information being imported incorrectly.  If you have opened it, please re-download the file and start the process again with the re-downloaded file.
  • If you are not able to see the option for entering a registration number on an individual animal, please update your account settings. (Customizing CattleMax / Account Settings - click here.)

How do I obtain the file from the Breed Association for import into CattleMax?

The Canadian Angus Association asks that you as the member contact and request the herd inventory file direct from the association.

Please email registry@cdnangus.ca or call 403-571-3580 at the Breed Association to request a copy of your herd inventory file for import into CattleMax. You will need to provide your Breed Association membership number and know the CAA charges you $100 for the first file download.

I have the unopened herd file. Now what?

  1. Open your CattleMax account.
  2. Click on the Cattle tab at the top > View All Groups and Interfaces.
  3. Choose your breed association name from under the Breed Interfaces section or if you do not see it here then you need to set-up the respective breed interface in CattleMax. Enabling Breed Association Interfaces - click here.
  4. Be sure to notice the file format. To import properly, your file must be in the format shown in CattleMax.
  5. Click browse (in the Import Herd Inventory section) then select the file you saved to your computer (NOTE: Do not import a file that has been opened.)
  6. Click Import Animals to finish the task.
  7. NOTE: If importing records, please wait until the import is complete before entering any records into your CattleMax Account. If you do happen to have cattle already in the account, be sure each of those registered animals has the correct registration number entered in CattleMax to match the import registration number.

How do I submit a new calf registration file from CattleMax to the Breed Association?

The calves eligible for registration will be shown when you go to the Cattle tab > View All Groups and Interfaces > choose your breed association name.  Only calves that do not have any data in the Registration # line will appear for review on this form.

If there are errors (information missing from the calf record which the association requires), there will be an Error noted rather than the checkbox. To correct the Error(s), click Edit to be shown what is missing or in error on that record. Once the information is completed, the checkbox will then appear for your use.

You can select the calves you want to submit for registration by checking the box beside their ID, or if you want to submit all, check the box in the header.  Once everything is correct and you are ready to submit/upload to your breed association, click the Download Electronic Registration File of Selected Animals button at the bottom then save the file to your computer desktop for easy access. 

You will then attach this calf registration file to an email to be sent to the association through the following email address registry@cdnangus.ca or call 403-571-3580 with questions.

I sent the new calf registration file to the Breed Association. Now what?

When you have used the CattleMax interface to submit registrations to your breed association, you will then be able to download and import into CattleMax the registration numbers along with any EPDs and performance data for the newly registered calves.  Once you have been notified your calf registrations are complete, you will need to download the file for import.

After you have the unopened file from the association downloaded to your computer, open your CattleMax account > click the Cattle tab > View All Groups and Interfaces > your association > Import EPDs > Browse > choose the Calf Registration file from the association saved on your computer > Import EPDs.

How do I update my herd EPDs in CattleMax?

The Canadian Angus Association emails the updated performance reports to its members or members are also able to download their own EPD file from the Angus Now website.  Access to the Angus Now website is a yearly membership fee of $25.  If you have questions regarding how to obtain this file, please email registry@cdnangus.ca or call 403-571-3580 at the Breed Association.

After you download the unopened EPD file, open your CattleMax account > click on the Cattle tab > View all Groups and Interfaces > your association > Import EPDs > Browse > choose the EPD file saved on your computer > place a checkmark to use the Import Performance feature > Import EPDs.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at howdy@cattlemax.com or 1-800-641-2343 for assistance.

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