Episode 309 - High Country Ranching   addthis
The ranching life style in the Heartland is based on generations of tradition. But in some parts of Colorado’s high plains, a few ranchers have elected to break away from the herd. They tell Paul Ryan they’ve found a better way to ranch – by trading in their cattle for a few hundred animals whose ancestors have been wandering these plains for thousands of years.



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Female elk can weigh more than 500 pounds. At birth, an elk baby can weigh 35 pounds and gain two pounds a day in their first weeks. Livestock accounts for the majority of Colorado’s agricultural income. And Colorado ranchers raise not only Cattle, Bison and Elk, but Ostriches, Llamas, goats and Emus.

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Colorado Department of Agriculture

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