Wyoming fires displace livestock

Jul 6, 2012

Fires burning around Wyoming are impacting livestock, in addition to people. The Wyoming Livestock Board estimates that between 8,000 and almost 13,000 head have been displaced as a result of the fires.

Board Director Leanne Stevenson, says the board issued an emergency order allowing for the movement of livestock between county lines without the brand inspection that is normally required.   

“The last thing that we want producers to worry about is that they would breaking the law if they move livestock outside the laws that are in place, including the brand inspection laws. We're wanting as an agency to provide help and support for them,” said Stevenson.

Stevenson says that the majority of displaced animals are staying within their county. There is also co-mingling of livestock that will need to be sorted out. Brand inspectors are on the ground with producers to help with that.