Improve Your Livestock Business Through Technology

Ranchers would rather be outside than sit in front of a computer. But computers and mobile devices are powerful tools that can help take the livestock business to the next level. Learn how to take advantage of these tools in a relaxed setting.

This article was contributed by UC Cooperation Extension Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor Devii Rao.

Are you a rancher who is frustrated with computers? Join us on Thursday, May 17 to learn some fun, easy ways to use computers and mobile devices to improve your business. The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Hollister Veterans Memorial Buidling, located at 649 San Benito Street in Hollister.

Registration costs $10 and includes coffee, light snacks, and handouts.

Register here or contact Devii Rao by email at or by phone at (831) 637-5346 x14. Registration deadline is May 11.

Join us to learn about the following topics:

  • Computer hardware
  • Computer operating systems
  • Smartphones, tablets, and Chrome
  • Cloud computing
  • Online economic tools for ranchers
  • Smartphone apps for ranchers

Special guest Smittie Smith, owner of RanchHacks, is a Montana-based technology consultant with a particular interest in technology applications in ranching and livestock production. From basic business information systems infrastructure to industry specifics like herd and pasture management, he educates and trains commercial and seed stock operators to leverage technology.

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Devii Rao

I am the UC Cooperative Extension Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor serving San Benito, Monterey, and Santa Cruz counties.