ARCHIVE: Livestock movements, identification and tracing: pigs - identification
The rules are as follows:
- All pigs over 12 months of age need to be identified using a Defra herdmark from every holding the depart.
- The permanent identification of all pigs prior to movement to market, regardless of age and whether moved to slaughter or another holding. Identification can be by either an eartag or a tattoo containing the Defra herdmark or a slapmark. A slapmark must be legible on each shoulder area of the pig.
- Pigs going to slaughter, must use an eartag capable of surviving the processing of the carcase following slaughter. If you are in any doubt about this you will need to check with your eartag supplier regarding your eartag specifications. .
- Movements between holdings in the case of pigs under 1 year, may continue using a temporary paint mark which must last at least until a pig reaches it’s destination.
- When ordering Slapmarking equipment it is important that manufacturers are supplied with the correct herdmark details when ordering.
- Sufficiently heat resistant that neither the eartag nor the information printed or stamped on it can be damaged by the processing of the carcase following slaughter.
- Contains the letters the letters “UK” followed by your herdmark for example UK AB 1234
- Easy to read during the pigs lifetime
- Tags must be made of metal or plastic or a combination of metal and plastic
- Incapable of re-use
- Of a design that will remain attached to the pig with out harming it
- Tags used for movements between holdings can be plastic
- A tattoo of your herdmark on the ear
- For example AB 1234
- UK not needed
- Must be legible for the life of the pig
- A tattoo of the herdmark which is applied on each front shoulder area of the pig
- Legible for the life of the pig and throughout the processing of its carcase
- For example AB 1234
- UK not needed
- Paintmark on the pig, for example, a red line, black cross or blue circle
- Must last until the pig reaches its destination
- Combined with the movement document the temporary mark identifies the holding from which the pig moved
Identification of Pigs under 12 months old
- Moves between holdings, can be on a temporary paintmark
- Moves to slaughter or to any type of market with an eartag, tattoo or double slapmarks
Identification of Pigs over 12 months old
- Move between holdings to slaughter and to any type of market with an eartag, tattoo or double slapmarks bearing your defra herdmark
Pet Pig Walking Licences
- Licences can be issue to take pet pigs for walks
- For a licence you will need to contact your Local Animal Health Office (AHO)
- Your route will need to be approved - If the Veterinary officer at the AHO believes there is a risk with your route it will not be approved.
- Routes may not be approved due to proximity to a livestock market, high health status pig farms or fast food outlets etc.
- If it is approved, you are issued with a licence that needs to be reviewed annually
Paperless registration of pet keepers
There are increasing numbers of people who keep one or two animals as pets, for example pot bellied pigs, who find they need to comply with animal movement legislation and therefore require a CPH number. In the past they have had to go through the same procedure as our other customers to register with us. However this has now changed.
For those customers who are only keeping animals as pets and do not take part in any of the schemes administered by the RPA or for which RPA make payment, registration can be completed over the phone and a CReg 01 will not need to be completed. This new procedure started on 1 August 2008.
Page last modified:
2 September, 2009
Page published: 12 February, 2007