Well, Larimer isn’t a county I’d put a business. I was think more along the lines of Elbert, Lincoln, or Pueblo counties. Counties like Larimer and Boulder are lost causes to business.
The counties you mentioned might be good ones. They’re down on the saner plains, too. Funny...Pueblo Democrats (Action 22 or something like that) were in favor of a uranium exploratory drill up here, on the Range. Local Range Republicans (mostly government pensioners/employees/corporates) were very much against it and stopped it (as they did gas, and so on). That’s not a general statement in favor of Democrats, of course (despise their social-social spending stuff).
It is a statement, though, that many Republicans on the Range are commies at least nearly as much as Democrats. I’ve seen far worse from them. Another public school teacher was firing indiscriminately only about a half hour ago, either to scare or hit another neighbor’s cattle nearby. One of the local socialist herd recently accusing an old ranching family of cruelty to animals (best ranchers around, all of their cattle confiscated, rights to ranching removed by the County/State, grazing land permits/licenses taken).
Public school teacher has 4 calves, 3 horses and more animals unloaded in an old, small corral just today—all on about 70 acres. That’s the third local crazy public school teacher we’ve seen over the past ten years. Each one of them is or was on drugs, too. Police won’t touch ‘em. Tried talking to them before. Public school teachers are untouchables (affiliated in local bureaucracies receiving federal funds, considered to be authorities, etc.).
Best to stay away from hysterical/drugged local government employees insane with social pathologies. Maybe the Range will be quieter after the debt craze has run its course.
About the number of animals on a small place, this is not like the Midwest or even the high plains. Very high, dry land. And the ice will spray hard and get deep this coming winter.