You must register with the Department of Agriculture and get a pig herd number in order to own or trade in pigs. This applies to anyone who wishes to own pigs, however few.
The National Pig Identification and Tracing System
The National Pig Identification and Tracing System (NPITS) involves the identification of all pigs that are moved off farm by either an ear tag or a slap mark. It also involves the identification of breeding stock with an individual number. This system requires pig owners to be registered and to comply with rules on pig welfare.
Stock-keepers should be knowledgeable and competent in a wide range of animal health and welfare skills, which should include:
preventing and treating lameness
preventing and treating internal and external parasites
giving medicines by injection
providing appropriate care to sick and injured pigs
management of pigs to minimise aggression
care of the sow and her litter
After your application has been received, the local District Veterinary Office
will then be in contact to arrange an inspection of your premises for suitability.
All pig movements are recorded on a central movement database. Tags and slap marks must be ordered from an approved tag company
. To notify a pig movement contact Capita Customer Solutions (CCS) on Lo-Call number 1890-291-000 or 023-8832882.