Local cattle rancher named to livestock board

John Scully stood before the Montana Senate April 4 to accept his appointment to the state’s board of livestock.

Scully, an Ennis native, comes from a long line of cattle ranchers. His great-grandparents on his mother’s side raised cattle since the 1860s. Scully’s parents were both teachers but his uncles and grandfather continued the ranching legacy.  Scully and his wife started their own cattle ranch in 1986. His cattle graze the lower Madison.

With the long line of cattle production providing his knowledgeable background, Scully joins other cattle ranchers as well as sheep, swine and dairy producers. The board of livestock acts as the governing body of the Department of Livestock. The board has direct jurisdiction over regulatory policies that affect the livestock industry.

Scully says one of the issues the board will deal with in the near is brucellosis, a bacterial disease that can effect cattle, elk and bison. Other issues involving the milk industry and sheep are sure to arise, and will be handled based on recommendations from Department of Livestock staff and state veterinarians.

As Scully starts his term that will end in 2019, he says he has no preconceived notions as to what to expect while he is serving the Department of Livestock.

“I will deal with issues as they arrive,” he said. “Everything will be handled in a fair and appropriate way.”

When it comes to public policy, the cattle rancher is no stranger to governmental practices. Scully served as a legislator for many years and has an experienced legal background. Combining that with his family’s background in the ranching industry is something Scully thinks will make him an asset to the board.

“Combining my business experience with my legal background and interest in the industry is a good combination for problem solving that will continuously challenge the board,” says Scully. “I am no stranger to the processes the board uses.”

Scully welcomes the challenges of the board of livestock and is ready to use his wide array of experiences to find solutions and create solid policies for the industry many

Montana residents rely on to create a livelihood.

“I am just happy to serve on the board and I will continue to work on the significant issues,” says Scully. “There are beginning to be more and more conflicts between wildlife and livestock and I will continue to be interested in those issues. It’s very important we find solutions that can accommodate all of those areas.”

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