Cattlegrower – Social Media for Ranchers

Photo by Jim Snyder

Photo by Jim Snyder of Buggy Ridge Farms

Like MySpace and FaceBook but Only for Ranchers (Alpaca Ranchers included)

It’s common opinion that most ranchers are old school, set in their ways, and don’t like change.

Perhaps this thinking is why the live stock Industry has traditionally been behind the curve in adapting to and using technology. Perhaps this is why most ranchers can only rely on their own close circle of contacts to promote and market their products to. Perhaps this is why many live stock producers fail to realize their full potential, or worse yet, fail altogether.

High in the plains of Wyoming, Chad Golladay and his family of six raise Lowline Angus and hay on their modest 300 acre ranch which they began building just three short years ago after being hooked in to the business through a 4-H project for his nine year old daughter.

Says Chad, “Despite the numerous fairs, stock shows, etc. that we’ve participated in, it was always a challenge to make new contacts in the Industry, or keep in touch with those we were able to meet. It seemed that if you weren’t part of the ‘good old boy’ network that most doors and opportunities were very difficult to open.”

“I think we’ve all met many fine people we’d like to discover more about and learn from. But if you’re like me, too many result in lost contacts and lost business. With the advent of social networking sites like MySpace and FaceBook, I thought… ‘Why not a social network just for ranchers and livestock producers?’” says Chad. was born. A network community for livestock producers of all types and ages to connect, collaborate, and promote their operations.

Within only a few months of its creation, now boasts over 2,500 bovine, equine, sheep, goat, alpaca, and other livestock producers and enthusiasts who visit and contribute to the site regularly. boasts a robust and powerful platform that allows its Members to:

- Create and develop new contacts
- Share and learn from each other
- Expand their marketing reach

While anyone is allowed to visit as a guest, Members are able to:

- Post Classifieds
- Share video and pictures
- Create and join events
- Create and participate in polls
- Have their own web page profile for marketing

Best of all perhaps is there is NO COST to become a Member.

Says Chad, “I believe we all want to do better by ourselves, our operations, and our families. provides that possibility – Simple to understand and easy to use, yet powerful enough to be limited only by your imagination – best of all, it costs you nothing.”

To learn more about please visit

And when you get there, please friend, Alpaca Farmgirl! This is one of my favorite social media sites. What other social media sites do you use in your Farm Business?

One Response to “Cattlegrower – Social Media for Ranchers”

  1. 1
    Anthony Blears:

    Hmmm, interesting. Have you seen Ning ( It’s used for niche social networking. It’s free and anyone can set up a community through there.

    I found out about it when I saw this Waiheke (NZ) community site:

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