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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.

Colorado Farm Bureau
Colorado Department of Agriculture

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