New Leadership at the Montana Board of Livestock


HELENA – Governor Steve Bullock has made two new appointments to complete the seven-member Montana Board of Livestock.

On Friday, May 29, the Governor’s office announced that Gilles Stockton of Grass Range has been appointed to represent the sheep industry on the Board, filling the position previously held by John Lehfeldt of Lavina.  Wendy Palmer of Raynesford has been appointed as a cattle industry representative on the Board, to replace John Scully of Ennis.

Until his resignation last year, John Lehfeldt was appointed by the Governor to be Chairman of the Board, so in his stead John Scully had been serving as Acting Chairman for the past several months, including at the most recent Board of Livestock meeting on May 20-21.

Also on May 29th, Governor Bullock appointed Brett DeBruycker to serve as the new Chairman of the Board of Livestock.  So the new make-up of the Board is currently as follows:


Chairman – Brett DeBruycker – Cattle

Board Member – Gilles Stockton- Sheep

Board Member – Nina Baucus- Cattle

Board Member – Susan Brown- Dairy/Poultry

Board Member – Wendy Palmer – Cattle

Board Member – Lila Taylor- Cattle

Board Member – Ed Waldner- Swine


In other management changes, the Board at their May meeting approved Ethan Wilfore to the position of Brands Administrator, which means he will head the department’s Brands Enforcement Division, effective Monday June 1st.

Wilfore is a native of Great Falls and a graduate of the University of Montana holding a Master’s in Business Administration. After college Ethan served 4 and half years in the United States Army as an officer. Following the Army, Ethan has worked in management within the healthcare industry in Colorado. He has an extensive leadership, management and business background along with experience working in highly regulated industries.

The Board of Livestock will be meeting later this month, either in person, or as a virtual meeting held on-line.  Meeting Agendas, Minutes of past meetings, and a link to view the meetings live on-line can be found at



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