1. Herd Book of the Society
The Herd Book of the Society shall maintain:
a) The particulars of an animal's pedigree and performance.
b) Such other information as the council of the Society may from time to time decide.
2. Breed Characteristics and Breeding Objectives
Large docile red and white animal with usually but not in all cases having a full white head with strong legs and a correct mouth. Coat colour may vary slightly to fawn and white but never more than this. A main characteristic is the ability to function as a dual-purpose animal. Breeding objective is to obtain a calf per year with improved longevity, reduced cell count and improved beefing ability.
3. Registration of Animals and Recording of Pedigrees
a) To qualify for entry in the main section of the herd book an animal:
Ø must be descended from parents and grandparents of animals in the herdbook, or in a herdbook of the same breed.
Ø Be identified at birth according to the rules of the herdbook
Ø Have a pedigree established in accordance to the rules of the herdbook
b) The main section of the herdbook shall be divided into two classes:
Ø Class 1– animals in this class are sired by progeny tested sires with a coefficient of reliability of at least 50% for the main production traits, according to ICAR principles, in their country of origin.
Ø Class 2– animals in this class are sired by bulls other than those defined in class 1.
c) A supplementary registrar is maintained in accordance with article 3 & 4 of Commission decision 84/419/EC, for female animals only. To qualify for entry into Section A of the supplementary section of the herd book a female animal must:
Ø Be identified in accordance with the herdbook rules.
Ø Be judged to conform to the breed standard
Ø Must be able to perform as a dual purpose animal.
To qualify for entry in Section B of the Supplementary section of the herdbook an animal shall be a female whose dam is registered in Section A of the Supplementary Section of the herdbook, and whose sire is registered in the main section of the herdbook or in another EU approved herdbook of the Montbeliarde breed. Females in this Section shall have the letters ‘BSR’ written after their name.
A female animal whose dam (Section B) and maternal grand dam (Section A) are registered in a supplementary section of the herdbook and whose sire and two grandsires are entered in the main section of the herdbook or of another EU approved herdbook of the breed shall be eligible for entry in the main section of the herdbook.
d) Where an animal is not eligible for registration under the above rules it's owner will be issued with a credit note equal to the sum payable at notification of birth.
e) Only paid up members of the society shall be allowed to register animals in the Society's Herd Book.
f) The request for entry of an animal in the Society's Herd Book must be tendered for registration by the breeder of such animal except:-
1) In the case of an animal imported into
2) For these purposes the breeder of the animal shall mean the bonafide owner.
g) Animals born in the
h) Inspections shall be carried out where irregularities in herd registrations have been highlighted by random DNA testing. Where inspection is required, an inspection fee will be charged.
i) Calves born as a result of Embryo Transfer are registered via the Animal Events system.
j) The Board shall not sanction definite acceptance by the society of a birth notification form unless the dam of the calf or embryo concerned has been properly transferred to the breeder as required.
k) Where animals are born as a result of embryo transplant the registration should show the natural dam on the first line and the number of the genetic dam on the next line.
l) Only the breeder of the animal will be isued with a pedigree Certificate for that animal.
l) Only the breeder of the animal will be isued with a pedigree Certificate for that animal.
DNA - All Males presented for Pedigree Registration will require DNA parentage verification before certificates are issued. NB ; The Asscoiated cost will be paid by the Farmer
Every 35th registration notified to the Society must have its parentage verified by DNA (i.e. numbers 1, 35, 70, 105 etc).
NB; The Associated cost will be paid by the Farmer
4. System of Identification of Animals in the herdbook
a) Each herd will be identified by the herd identification number issued under the National Identification and Registration System for bovine animals.
b) Each animal shall be identified in the herdbook by their National Identification No. which has been issued in accordance with Regulation (EC) No. 1760/2000.
c) Each animal must be named at registration. The first letter in each animals name shall be the year designation letter, as specified by the Council of the Society, for the year of birth of the animal.
5. Certificate of Registration
a) A certificate of registration, with the animal’s ancestry shall be issued to the breeder by the Society when all registration criteria of Animal Events are met. The onus is on the breeder to verify that all information on the certificate is correct and if not, to contact the Society’s office with corrections.
b) On sale or transfer within
6. General Conditions
a) At the discretion of the Board, random blood typing or DNA profiling may be carried out by the Society, in addition to that mentioned in paragraph 3 above, with the cost borne by each breeder. In the event of this animal not having its parentage verified, the Board may then decide to have all animals proposed for registration by the breeder blood typed or DNA profiled for a period of two years.
b) The society shall be entitled either before or after the entry of any animal in the Herd Book, to make such inquires or investigations with respect to the animal as the Board shall consider reasonable in the interests of the members of the Society with the object of ensuring the accuracy of the Herd Book thereto and entries therein. The cost of these inquiries will be borne by the owner.
c) The Board may, at any time, cancel the entry of any animal in the Herd Book, which shall be found to contain any false or inaccurate particulars or statement or to have been made on the basis of any false or inaccurate particulars as statement given or made to the Society. On cancellation of the entry of any animal in the Herd Book, the certification of Registration issued by the Society shall be retained by the Society.
d) Should any question arise concerning the meaning, interpretation or application of any of these bye-laws, the decision of the Board shall be binding.
a) Each imported animal must be registered with the Society as soon as possible after importation, by submitting the official Herd Book Pedigree certificate of the country of origin together with the normal registration fee to the Society’s office.
b) Imported embryos should be registered with the Society, applying the same criteria and fees as home produced embryos. Copies of official documentation must be applied as appropriate, including copies of the official Herd Book. Both donor animals must be DNA typed and the resulting calf’s parentage verified.
Where a purchaser of an animal requires an Export Certificate duly certified by the Society, such a Certificate will be supplied only to paid up members of the society. The fees for such Certificates shall be as the Board of the Society may from time to time decide.
9. Schedule of Fees
The schedule of fees shall be as determined by the Board from time to time.
To be admitted a member of the Society by the Board, an applicant shall be approved by the board to become a member and/or be the owner of a purebred Montbeliarde animal eligible to be registered in an EU approved herd book. Each person on being admitted a member shall be given a copy of the current Herd Book Rules. Membership fees are paid on annual basis and if a member do not pay his fees he is treated as a non member of the society. All members have to be on Direct Debit System
11. Non discrimination
The Society shall operate in a non-discriminatory fashion towards its members.
Where a member considers he or she has been unfairly treated, on payment of the appropriate fee as per schedule, they may have their case considered by an appeals committee. The appeals committee shall be composed of members not involved with the dispute decision and/or experts appointed by the board.
The procedure to apply shall be as follows:
A member who feels aggrieved in relation to any matter pertaining to Society business should, in the first instance, write to the Chairman of the Council of the Society, making it clear, that stage 1 of the appeal procedure is being invoked. The Chairman will reply as soon as is reasonably practicable, but I any case within thirty days from receipt of the letter from the appellant.
If the grievance is not resolved at Stage 1, or a reply is not forthcoming from the Council Chairman within 30 days, the member(s) may request in writing that at their next Council meeting, the Council allow the member(s) to attend the meeting during the period that the grievance is being considered. The member will be allowed to make an oral submission on the grievance. The Council will then reconsider the issue and must communicate its decision to the appellant within thirty days.
If the issue remains unresolved after stage 2, the member(s) may request an independent hearing. The Council shall grant such a hearing. Appeals at stage 3 will be heard by an individual or group of individuals with appropriate expertise, agreed by both parties to the dispute. From the date of appointment of the person(s) hearing the appeal, the case will be heard and the decision taken will be communicated to both parties within three months. The person(s) hearing the case will decide on the appointment of costs, as appropriate.
Any dispute that remains unresolved after stage 3 may be pursued by invoking provisions under the legal personality of the Society: ICOS. (1963 Companies Act as well or just ICOS)
The Society expects all its members to abide by the rules, regulations and standards established by the Society.
13. Alteration of Herd Book Rules
These Herdbook Rules may be altered by the Board from time to time provided Board Members shall have received notification of the intention to propose an amendment at the same time as notification of the relevant Board meeting is received. Any alteration, addition, deletion or other amendment of these Herd Book Rules shall be notified to each member within two weeks of the change being approved by the Board. These rules shall also be notified to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food for approval to ensure adherence to EU Zootechnical Legislation.