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good,” Clint said. “So we cross these breeds to slow down the risk of drop- sy disease, which is equivalent to congestive heart failure in humans. “Dropsy disease, or brisket dis- ease (also known as high mountain disease), is a common condition in cattle raised on ranches in high alti- tudes,” Clint said. “Purebred Angus could not survive the altitude on our Colorado ranch.” A cow suffering from brisket dis- ease, he said, will stay around water, but fill up “like a balloon in water re- tention,” Clint said. However, the altitude disease isn’t just a problem in Colorado, said Clint’s mother, Sharon, but is now being seen on the high plains. “Angus cattle are tipping over dead when they get big and fat — about the time they’re ready for slaughter,” she said. To manage this altitude sickness and disease in cattle, “many seed- stock producers of Angus cattle
By KEVIN FINK The Scottsbluff Star-Herald
Harvat Cattle and Hay is a unique cattle and hay business that oper- ates in the Rocky Mountains and the Nebraska Panhandle. The main ranch is situated between Walden and Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The secondary ranch is located southeast of Mitchell. “We bring our cattle to Mitchell to calve in the win- ter because the snow gets too deep on the ranch in Colorado,” said rancher Clint Harvat. “Calving there would be impossible.” Moving cattle and equipment from Walden to Mitchell and back each calving season is logistically chal- lenging. “It takes sixteen cattle pots and many horse trailers four trips per day for four-five days to move the cattle and equipment,” Clint said. “We raise Simmental /Angus cross cattle because Walden is 8,5000 in el- evation; Simmental are good at high elevations, whereas Angus are not so
Kevin Fink / The Scottsbluff Star-Herald Rancher Clint Harvat stands by his fire truck used for water for his cattle.
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