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Thursday, December 4, 2014

UM student's high-tech startup could save ranchers time, money


Just last year, Walker Milhoan was a typical University of Montana student studying information systems and taking classes in the School of Business Administration.

But the young entrepreneur also arrived at the university well-versed in the ways of ranching, a legacy he inherited from his grandfather who ran a cattle operation in Rifle, Colorado.

“I spent a lot of time there as a kid, but he sold the ranch when I was 13,” said Milhoan, who lives in Missoula. “I worked on ranches growing up. I did the high school rodeo and Little Britches Rodeo, and I’ve always had an interest in agriculture and ranching.”

Milhoan took his ranching genes and his business acuity to the Blackstone LaunchPad’s annual Demo Day in New York City last month, where he pitched a new venture he believes can lower ranching costs, increase stock weight and drive up the return on cattle by growing more efficient cows.

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