Pig rules take effect

New rules for the identification, registration and movement of pigs have come into force to improve traceability.

They will allow the government, pig industry and vets to manage any disease outbreak more effectively.

ScotEID has developed an online web system so that pig keepers can notify stock movements more easily and efficiently. The system allows movements to be traced in real time, including those of pigs moving from farm to farm, to markets, shows or the slaughterhouse.

The key requirements of the system mean that every pig keeper must register their holding or holdings, identify their pigs, notify all movements on and off their holding and keep up-to-date records.

The Scottish Government has published and distributed information on the new rules – Pig Identification and Registration – Guidance for Keepers in Scotland.

New pig keepers, or those thinking about keeping pigs, should get in touch with the ScotEID office in Huntly on 01466 794323.