Changes to pig identification rules

UK - Changes to pig identification rules take effect from April 6. Pigs must be marked in the following ways:
calendar icon 15 March 2007
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Re-identification of pigs over one year of age from every holding they depart.

  • The new rules require pigs over 12 months of age to be identified each time they leave a holding so that the last holding of departure is evident for disease control purposes. Previously legislation did not state the requirement for identification of pigs using a Defra herdmark from every holding they departed. Legislation used to require pigs over 12 months of age to be identified on only the first holding. This has therefore been changed for reasons of traceability.

Permanent identification of pigs, prior to movement to market, regardless of age and moved to slaughter or to another holding.

  • The new rules require all pigs moving to market to be identified with a permanent mark from the holding of departure. This is to ensure markets do not have to identify pigs which are sold for slaughter.

  • Pigs are required to move to slaughter with an identification mark identifying the holding of departure. The previous legislation allowed pigs under one year of age to move only with a temporary mark, consequently pigs that are bought at a market for slaughter had to be permanently identified by the market.

Producers who require additional information may contact their Local Animal Health Divisional Office. You can get the number from the Defra helpline, 0845 0509876.

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