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Les Barkhurst named President of the Independent Cattlemen of Wyoming for 2020


March 25, 2020

Joshua Wood

Les Barkhurst, a fourth generation rancher in the Valley, was elected president of the Independent Cattlemen of Wyoming in January.

Among the many bills that were introduced during this past legislative session, one that may have caught the eye of ranchers throughout Wyoming was House Bill 0244. This piece of legislation, introduced by Representative Hans Hunt, would have repealed Wyoming State Statute 11-37-108, which may fine a rancher up to $750 for not paying the beef check-off dues currently owed to the Wyoming Beef Council.

The bill failed by a vote of 27-29-4, Representative Jerry Paxton was excused, and so the $1 per beef check-off is still to be paid by ranchers within the state. One group that was hoping for t...

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