Pigs: A Guide for New Owners

Identification

You can identify your pig by an eartag, tattoo or double slapmarks. All equipment can be purchased from agricultural suppliers. For a list of suppliers please see annex 3.

Eartag

  • An eartag must be stamped or printed not hand written
  • It contains the letters "UK" followed by your herdmark
  • For example, UK AB1234
  • Tags used for slaughter must be metal or flameproof plastic to withstand carcase processing
  • Tags used for movements between holdings can be plastic

Tattoo

  • A tattoo of your herdmark on the ear
  • For example, AB1234
  • UK not needed

Slapmark

  • A tattoo of the herdmark which is applied on each front shoulder area of the pig
  • Legible for the life of the pig and throughout the processing of its carcase
  • For example, AB1234
  • UK not needed

Temporary Mark

  • Paintmark on the pig for example, a red line, black cross or blue circle
  • Must last until the pig reaches its destination
  • Combined with the movement document, the temporary mark identifies the holding from which the pig moved

Identification of Pigs under 12 months old

  • Move between holdings with a temporary paintmark
  • Move to slaughter with an eartag, tattoo or double slapmarks

Identification of Pigs over 12 months old

  • Move between holdings and to slaughter with an eartag, tattoo or double slapmarks bearing your Defra herdmark

Below are photos of an eartagged pig and a slapmarked pig.

   

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