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As a high-altitude state, Wyoming runs into high-altitude problems. For many cattle ranchers, that means dealing with pulmonary hypertension, also known as high-altitude or brisket disease.

The condition most commonly affects cattle grazing above 5,000 feet. Multiple factors, including altitude, breed, body condition, and genetics contribute to an animal’s likelihood of contracting the disease and developing heart failure as a result.

Located at 7,220 feet above sea level, the University of Wyoming Laramie Research and Extension Center (LREC) is an ideal location for studying the disease.


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