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Giving back, Hardy recognized for WWGA service

Jackson – During the 2013 Tri-State Wool Growers Convention, held in Jackson on Nov. 7-9, Wyoming rancher Gene Hardy was presented with the Patron Award, an honor presented to an individual who has given back to the Wyoming Wool Growers Association (WWGA). 

“Gene has given back generously for many decades,” commented WWGA Board Member Liz Philp of Shoshoni. “His knowledge of the history and the issues is invaluable.”

Hardy’s leadership and participation on various boards across the state has contributed to the growth and development of the sheep industry and has allowed the industry to survive in Wyoming.

“Gene has dedicated many years to various boards and committees, and he rarely misses a meeting,” Philp continued.

She also marked Hardy’s ability to work behind the scene on projects and intiatives championed by WWGA to improve the industry. In his actions, Philp noted that Hardy is diplomatic and works with all producers to accomplish their tasks.

As an integral part of the Wyoming State Ram Sale, Philp said Hardy has been a member of the Ram Sale Committee for over 30 years, and he started the Ram Sale Party, which precedes the sale.

“Gene worked to establish the Brucella ovis regulations in Wyoming while he was on the Wyoming Livestock Board,” Philp said. “He works for predator control, still serves on the Converse County Predator Board and is on the Wyoming Animal Damage Management Board.”

Hardy, mentioned Philp, has been an important part of the WWGA for many years and deserves the recognition.

Saige Albert is managing editor of the Wyoming Livestock Roundup and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..