Elevated Genetics is proud to offer high quality genetics suited for high altitude environments.
High-mountain disease (HMD), also known as brisket disease, affects cattle raised in high elevations, usually above 5,000 ft. The lack of oxygen in such elevations can cause high pulmonary arterial pressure, resulting in death if not moved to lower elevations.
Because of the high elevation of Southwest Colorado, we place a strong emphasis on raising livestock suited to excel at high altitudes. Each year, we pulmonary arterial pressure (PAP) test our calves and yearlings at an elevation just below 7,000 ft. Each bull is tested twice to ensure their risk is low, and stays low. We do not retain any females that are not considered “low risk” for brisket disease. Because of our diligence in PAP testing our herd, a large majority of our cattle have passed and thrive at high elevations.
If you want to know more about HMD and PAP testing, this article from Beef Magazine does a great job explaining.