Further developments in a dispute within the Limousin breed has seen the British Cattle Movement Service (BCMS) withdraw the passports for 62 animals.
In a statement the British Limousin Cattle Society (BLCS) said BCMS withdrew passports for various Ballinloan and other Ballinloan related animals, due to ‘errors relating to the registration of either the date of birth and/or the parentage of the animals concerned’.
This comes after the bull Ballinloan Jaegerbomb, which was bred by Stuart Fotheringham, had his pedigree status put on hold early last year, after doubts were raised about his parentage, specifically the bull’s dam, which at the time was thought to be the Neuf daughter – Ballinloan Fruttella.
However in March last year, the breed society issued a statement, which said the issue had been ‘successfully resolved’. DNA testing showed Jaeberbomb’s dam was in fact Ballinloan Geneva, and the bull was allowed to retain its pedigree status.
At the time the breed society said: "For clarity, Ballinloan Jaegerbomb retains his pedigree status. All progeny registered to him, and any calves to be registered, will have a full pedigree status as per normal.”
Taking to their Facebook page this week, the owner of Jaegerbomb, Ian Handley, of Gunnerfleet Limousins said: “We are utterly devastated as you can imagine after the late in the day phone call [on Wednesday 1 May] to be told that progeny of Ballinloan Jaegerbomb cannot be sold.
“We are doing all we can to try and resolve any issues. But at this present time our future with Limousins looks bleak. There seems no light at the end of the tunnel. We are in the dark as much as you are at the moment.
“Our hearts go out to all the other breeders in the same devasting situation as us. Unable to trade any Jaegerbomb progeny. Also, we ask you please do not to AI any cattle to Jaegerbomb until further notice.”
Progeny by Jaegerbomb have done well at shows and sales this year. At the February sale at Carlisle bulls by him sold to 17,000gns, and females topped at 6,000gns.
The breed society have said: “Members considering purchasing or selling any Ballinloan and/or Ballinloan related animal, including progeny, should consider the position carefully before doing so and take their own legal advice.”
BCMS have sent notices to the owners of the relevant animals, and the breed society added: “Members should immediately ensure that any such animals owned by them are properly described on the register, taking into account the BCMS notice. BLCS will be making amendments to the register to reflect the information available from BCMS but we have not received copies of all of the notices. Members who own any animals on the list may wish to contact BCMS for more information as to the reason for the notice. BLCS will publish further details as information comes into our possession. We will amend the register for any animals we are aware of.”