Most people don’t think about “high tech devices” when it comes to the farming industry. Instead, they envision people working in the fields with nothing more than their hands. While this portrayal is still true to a certain extent, it is a bit “old school.’ Believe it or not, farmers and ranchers in San Antonio, Texas are going high tech. This may be a surprise to some, but those who are taking advantage of the technology are falling in love.
If you attended the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, you likely found that a growing number of people in the industry are using technology to their advantage. Sure, there are some who are “behind the times” but most are looking for a way to take their business to the next level – even if that means learning more about using a smartphone or tablet.
From networking with others in the industry to registering animals and everything in between, an increasing number of farmers and ranchers are able to use technology to streamline their business, save time, and make more money. And who doesn’t want to do that?
A recent article published by MySanAntonio.com touches on some of the many ways that local farmers are going high tech. For example, Greg Clark is a rancher who has recently turned to Facebook as a means of selling cattle. Along with this, he has turned to the electronic identification of animals.
Who better to ask about this than Paul Maulsby, director of cattle operations at the Texas A&M University Beef Center? He has found that most people are using technology as a means of increasing the sales of their animals. He added, “I think you see a little bit of a generation gap in some of it.” Maulsby did say that even those approaching 60 years of age are turning to technology.
There is no denying that farmers and ranchers in San Antonio are going high tech. This trend is sure to continue into the future.
Ben is a retired Combat Controller with the United States Air Force. He started Champion AC in 2007. Ben is originally from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He is happily married and an avid fan of the San Antonio Spurs and New Orleans Saints.