The Irish Charolais Cattle Society has issued a statement after posts surfaced across social media in relation to a new bull that it made available to members earlier this year for €40/straw.
Military, a son of Hilary and Jason, bred by Gaec Vidal, Military, is currently the “leading” stock bull in Pichard Hughes herd in France, after a successful show season last year.
The society sourced semen, from Military, a “total outcross” for most Irish Charolais breeders, who is aimed at breeding bulls suitable for the commercial farmer.
In a statement on Tuesday (October 6th), Nevan McKiernan, secretary of the Irish Charolais Cattle Society, said: “As some of you may be aware, online posts have questioned the legitimacy of the paperwork relating to the new bull, Military, who was made available from the society earlier this year.”
“I want to take this opportunity to assure you, that the society takes great care to ensure all the required criteria are met before the purchase, resale or distribution of any semen available from us.”
“To facilitate the importation of semen from either France or the UK, rigorous tests must be completed before the country of origin will issue an export permit.”
“Regardless of what you may have read over the last few days, Military is no different.
All the necessary tests were completed, and the semen meets the European requirements for export and distribution, McKiernan added.
“As a society, we too, like any other company selling semen, must make sure proper AI codes are in place, before either advertising or sale, and of course ensure full traceability of semen sales.”
“Military was parentage verified to both his sire and dam, before an AI code was issued for him, in accordance with EU legislation.”
“All our semen sales are invoiced directly to the ordering member and dispatched accordingly.”
“I hope this clarifies any questions you may have relating to this topic. The society was lucky to obtain semen from this bull and indeed Ocelo this year, and we are actively looking for the next bulls to make available to you the breeders at a reasonable price.” the statement concluded.