The Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine has recently introduced a new text message service to keep farmers informed on important issues and filing deadlines.
The use of this facility will be carefully managed and will include notifications relating to scheme reminders (e.g. SPS closing dates), Farm Safety, Animal Health, etc., as well as alerts of new information posted on the DAFM website.
This new facility will further improve the Departments’ customer service and be of assistance to the various sectors. Customers will be offered the opportunity to opt out of this service at any time they wish by a free return text.
If you wish to avail of this service and have not yet given the Department your current mobile number, you can do so by filling in the form below and returning it to the department by one of the following methods.
Please save the form below, and once you have filled in all the required information, attach the form to an email and send to firstname.lastname@example.org
Contacts Updates Sign Up Form (doc 73Kb)
Once you have filled in all the required information, send the form to:
Department of Agriculture,Food and the Marine,
Government Buildings, Farnham Street,
Any queries in relation to this service can be sent to this address or by email to email@example.com
Text Alerts Launched
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine launched the text alert message service in April 2012.
All texts are from Number: 50123
A message issued on 17/01/2013 to over 48,000 herdowners advising them of animal movement rules related to Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD). It contained the following wording
"All calves born on or after 1/1/2013 must have a negative BVD test recorded before movement is allowed off their holding.To optout Freetext DAFM OPTOUT to 50123"
A message issued on 24/01/2013 to over 89,000 herdowners advising them of upcoming forestry clinics. It contained the following wording
"Thinking of forestry? Attend a Forestry Clinic Jan 28-Feb 8. Details from your Teagasc office or www.teagasc.ie/forestry To optout Freetext DAFM OPTOUT to 50123"
A message issued on 11/02/2013 to over 13,000 herdowners advising them of the closing date for Sheep Technology Adoption Programme 2013. It contained the following wording
"D/Agriculture: Closing date for STAP, 15 Feb. Do not miss out of this new scheme! Contact your planner for details. To opt out freetext DAFM OPTOUT to 50123"
A message issued on 29/04/2013 to over 30,000 herdowners advising them of the new Beef Data Programme. It contained the following wording
"You can now apply to join the new Beef Data Programme online at agfood.ie. Closing date for applications is 15 May. To optout Freetext DAFM OPTOUT to 50123"
A message issued on 14/05/2013 to over 100,000 herdowners advising them of upcomming public meetings on ash dieback. It contained the following wording
"Get the facts about ash dieback! Public meetings May 20-30. Details from Teagasc offices or www.teagasc.ie/forestry To optout Freetext DAFM OPTOUT to 50123"
SMS messages containing the following text issued from Oct 18th 2013 to all eligible Herdowners who have signed up for notifications
"D/Agri: 2013 SFP: Your 50% advance has issued. Check your Bank A/C over the coming days. To opt out freetext DAFM OPTOUT to 50123"