POLICE SCOTLAND has confirmed that a 50-year-old man has been charged with fraud and reckless culpable conduct, following an eight month investigation into possible incorrect information on the cattle passport of a pedigree Limousin bull.

This move to the courts is the culmination of a fraught period for the British Limousin Cattle Society, which has been struggling with the repercussions of problems with the paper trail of Perthshire-bred champion bull Ballinloan Jaegerbomb, whose progeny were removed from a breed sale following allegations that the correct dam was not recorded on his passport.

The pedigree status, or otherwise, of Jaegerbomb's bloodline has been the subject of some to-ing and fro-ing ever since, with the society announcing in March 2018 that the issue had been resolved, only to withdraw that reassurance in May 2019. As a result, breeders who used related genetic material in good faith during the intervening year have been left wondering who is culpable for the business losses incurred.

Police investigations have been ongoing since last Spring, and the breed society has lost its chief executive. All involved can now look forward to the matter being fully aired in court.