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Farmer suspended over Beef Shorthorn passports blunder

A farmer who ‘wilfully misrepresented’ the condition of some of his pedigree Beef Shorthorn cattle in respect of their health and age has been suspended from the breed society.
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An investigation was launched after passport discrepancies in the birth dates of 20 animals owned by Derek Steen, trading as Ballylinney Livestock, came to light following a sale at Carlisle last year.

 

BCMS deregistered a number of the cattle and invalidated their passports.


It is believed a number of buyers around the UK and Ireland were affected.

 

Mr Steen denied any wrongdoing and blamed the Scottish livestock movement database for the discrepancies.

 

Following a six month investigation, Beef Shorthorn Cattle Society chief executive Frank Milnes said members would be asked to vote in favour of Mr Steen’s removal from the society at the next general meeting.

 

Mr Milnes added: “The whole pedigree livestock industry relies on the honesty of the members and the accuracy of the information provided by the members.

 

“When that honesty and accuracy of information is found wanting, breed societies have to take appropriate action to maintain the integrity of their herdbook.”


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