Animal Science Department


Date of this Version

December 1999


Published for Proceedings, The Range Beef Cow Symposium XVI December 14, 15 and 16, 1999 - Greeley, Colorado.


Each day, we are flooded with new information about different products, management practices or production procedures. To keep from missing out on the opportunities while keeping our sanity, we must become better users of information.

In the future, the use and transfer of this information will involve the use of Internet and the World Wide Web. By providing an around-the-clock link to the outside world for the user and a vast sea of information, the producer can access valuable information from any where in the world, whether they are located in northern Montana, southern Texas, or in the mountains of Colorado or even a foreign country.

With increasing emphasis on operational efficiency, many of our world's farm and ranches will take advantage of this tool. Each day an increasing number of operations are using their computer to make purchases, to check the cattle markets, and to obtain information through the Web. In many cases, this tool might provide the information necessary to remain competitive in an ever-changing market place.

The following information was designed to inform the producer of why the use of Web is important, how to get hooked up to Web, some ideas about how to use the Web efficiently, and a brief look of what is available on the Web.