The British Limousin Society has informed its members this week that a number of cattle involved in the Ballinloan genetics row will not have their passports reinstated.
In a letter to society members, the society’s chairman Michael Cursiter, says BCMS has advised the society that removed passports originating from the Ballinloan herd will not be reinstated, irrespective of what the society’s own investigations ‘already have or may be able to achieve’.
Mr Cursiter says: The council of management has met to consider the full circumstances of the case in the context of this new information. It was unanimously decided that, in light of the information and for herd book rules to be applied consistently, the pedigree status of animals falling in to such a category must be withdrawn by the Society and the animals de-registered.”
For clarity, Mr Cursiter says this means that these animals cannot now be used for pedigree use, or in any wider circumstance where pedigree status is required.
“Under the terms of the society’s byelaws all descendants of these animals no longer comply with the ‘three generation’ pedigree rule and it has been necessary to de-register them too.
“The three generation rule is governed by EU legislation and requires an animal’s parents and grandparents to be pedigree Limousins registered in the main section of a recognised herd book subject to wider byelaw provision for grading up dams.
“This means the descendants cannot be used for pedigree breeding purposes or in any circumstances where pedigree status is required. In accordance with the byelaws, the registration fee for any such animal under 450 days will be reimbursed to breeders.”
He adds that female animals bred by the male animals listed may not be registered as ‘base cows’ for grading up purposes.
“The reason for this is that under the Society’s bye-laws, base cows are required to be sired by a Limousin bull registered in the main section of a recognised herd book.
“It should be noted that their female progeny, ie grand progeny of the male animals in this list, may be registered as base cows, provided they meet all wider provisions of the byelaws, which includes being sired by a pedigree Limousin bull registered in the main section of a recognised herd book.
“Females bred out of the female animals on this list may be registered as base cows, providing they also meet the wider provisions of the byelaws, which, also includes being sired by a pedigree Limousin bull registered in the main section of a recognised herd book.”
Mr Cursiter says it is the society’s understanding that semen from animals on the list and that of their progeny can be traded and used in commercial herds. It may not be used for pedigree breeding purposes.
He also says as the authorities’ investigations continue, this list of animals will be updated and owners of affected animals contacted individually.
“The council are very conscious of the impact this will have on a number of members. It has been a complex decision that has been made with much consideration and with guidance from the appropriate authorities. The overriding aim of council has been to provide the best possible protection of all members’ interests in the circumstances and protection of the credibility of the herd book.”
Further guidance in relation to animals whose passports have been removed can be found here: www.gov.uk/guidance/cattle-without-passports