Wyoming Livestock Board Reminds Producers about Brand Renewal Update
By Steve True
The Wyoming Livestock Board (WLSB) would like to take the opportunity to remind producers of the upcoming brand renewal and changes available this year. We would also like to update the retirements of three more of our long serving, full-time brand inspectors.
During the month of September, Craig Jones of Elk Mountain retired after serving the producers of Wyoming for 35 years, John Keller of Rock Springs retired after serving for 36 years and Terry Goodvin of Hulett retired after serving for 23 years.
This brings WLSB’s lost experience this year to just over 332 years of total experience. We honor these men and the time and diligence they have given to the livestock industry of Wyoming. If you see them, please say, “Well done and thank you.”
Producers who have a brand up for renewal this year should expect their renewal notice shortly. We would like to remind producers to check and update their address, and be mindful of the following changes to recording and renewal.
First, for those who have a brand up for renewal this year, it will expire on Dec. 31, 2020. Please renew or check in with the office for questions prior to this date. There is then a grace period to renew, which expires on March 1, 2021.
After this date, the brand is inactive and delinquent. Producers may not use a delinquent brand until it is reactivated. After March 1, there is a delinquent fee applied. The first statutory change would apply in the delinquent period. This has been extended from one year to two years.
Second, if a brand is due for renewal or if producers need to reactivate a delinquent brand, they can now choose to renew the brand for an extended amount of years. The new statute allows the term to be extended in 10-year increments.
Previously, brands were renewed for 10 years. The new statute allows the brand owner to renew the brand for 10, 20, 30 or up to 100 years in 10-year increments.
The cost for the first five increments is $330 for each 10-year increment. The discounted cost for the second five increments is $200 per each 10-year increment. Producers will be able to access this change and choose the number of 10-year increments on their upcoming renewal notice.
Third, producers may modify the active term of their brand. This means, for example, John Doe has a brand up for renewal in 2021. He has another brand recorded in his name which is due for renewal in 2027. John wants to have both of his brands come up for renewal at the same time. He may request to move the 2021 brand forward into the 2027 renewal period.
John will pay a prorated fee for the period 2021-2027, and then pay the full fee for renewal of both brands in 2027. This can only be done during a renewal period or when reactivating a delinquent brand. Again, this can only be done with brands recorded with the exact same ownership type and name(s), such as John Doe to John Doe, not John Doe to John and Jane Doe.
I have spoken about being able to pay for renewal in a credit card payment link. However, due to circumstances beyond our control, this process is not yet complete. We may be able to access this function later in the renewal period, but for now payment procedures remain the same as last renewal and are listed on the producer’s renewal notice.
We will notify the public immediately if we are able to complete the online payment process during this renewal.
Please call the office at 307-777-7515 with any questions, and happy fall!
Steve True is the director of the Wyoming Livestock Board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.