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With widespread drought in Wyoming, governor’s order allows hay haulers to haul more hay

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CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon has signed an executive order that allows hay haulers to haul more hay as the state deals with widespread drought conditions impacting livestock producers.

64% of the state is under severe or extreme drought and an additional 33% is experiencing moderate drought conditions, according to the executive order.

With the drought conditions impacting grass and natural feed supply, Gordon’s order relaxes restrictions on when and how much hay can be transported within the state.

Under the order, permitted oversize loads of baled livestock feed can be transported starting two hours before sunrise until two hours after sunset.

“The permit also authorizes oversize baled livestock feed loads up to 12 feet in width or 15 feet in height,” the governor’s office says. “Additional lighting requirements must also be adhered to for the safety of the motoring public. The permits are valid for movements of baled livestock feed to a destination within Wyoming, or a destination in another state that has declared an emergency for livestock feed.”

“The executive order does not grant authority for any vehicle to exceed weight limits, posted bridge limits, or size restrictions on any road. Permits can be obtained from the Wyoming Highway Patrol (WHP) and must be carried for the duration of the permit and throughout the emergency.”

The order will remain in effect through November 30.

“Additional questions can be directed to WHP Captain Dan Wyrick or Lieutenant Dustin Ragon at 307-777-4301,” Gordon’s office said.

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