Pig identification and registration: guidance for keepers

This guide explains the new rules for pig identification and registration.


New rules for the identification and registration of pigs came into force on 1 October 2011. These changes are effected by European law (Council Directive 2008/71/EC) and are intended to improve traceability which will allow us to manage a disease outbreak more effectively. These new rules are implemented and enforced by the Pigs (Records, Identification and Movement) (Scotland) Order 2011. This Order is also linked to cross compliance and your single farm payment. It is important that you follow the rules covered in this guidance as failure to do so could affect your single farm payment.

This guidance explains the requirements of the Order. It provides details on the identification of pigs, what to record in the holding register and also explains the requirements for reporting movements.

Please be aware that all notices, notifications, walking licence, authorisations or approvals under the Order must be in writing.

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