There has been development in a controversy which has dogged the British Limousin Cattle Society (BLCS) and many of its members for the last two years.
Police Scotland have confirmed that a 50-year-old man had been charged with fraud and reckless culpable conduct.
The charges are believed to relate circumstances surrounding the status of the bull, Ballinloan Jaegerbomb and his progeny. Jaegerbomb was junior champion at Carlisle in October 2015 and was subsequently sold for 24,000 gns to the Handley family’s Gunnerfleet herd, Ingleton.
The bull produced numerous progeny following sales of semen. However, doubts over Jaeger bomb’s parentage surfaced in February 2018 prompting an investigation by the BLCS. A statement from the society, issued a month later confirmed that Jaegerbomb was a pedigree animal and that the status of his progeny was unchanged.
By October 2019 the position was reversed with the British Cattle Movement Service withdrawing the passports of 62 cattle with the Ballinloan prefix. This move meant that all progeny of these animals were automatically deregistered with the loss of their pedigree status.
Many herds across the UK have been affected by this chain of events and a number will have suffered significant financial loss.
The Handley’s Gunnerfleet herd, which had been due to be dispersed at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, in May has recently been sold in a private transaction to Garrowby Farm, York, which is managed by Clive Rowland, and owned by Halifax Estates.