Advice for pet pig owners on ID rules

DEFRA poster campaign on pet pig regulations

source: Veterinary Record vol 153 no 21, November 22 2003 p638

The British Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has launched a campaign to inform owners of pet pigs of new rules governing pig identification, in force from November 1 2003. The Pigs (Records, Identification and Movement) Order of 2003 requires owners of pigs to tell DEFRA where they keep their pigs, and they are given an identity code number. Owners have to identify pigs that are older than a year, through eartags. tattoos or slapmarks, when the pigs go to another location. These rules apply to pigs in England, with similar rules applying to Wales. DEFRA provides more information at