Keeping Pigs – The Regulations

By Jane Matthews

There are a few important things when you first get pigs. I’ve tried to set out the basic rules below. You need to ensure you have a suitable environment, housing and fencing. And no feeding of kitchen scraps or catering waste – to do that risks foot and mouth disease or African swine fever, and not just your pigs but also the national herd.

  • Before you get livestock you need to apply to the RPA for a county parish holding number (CPH).
  • If you are getting pigs you need to register on the Eaml2 system on which movements to and from your holding need to be recorded. There’s also a range of things you can do on the pig hub which is part of this system.
  • Once you get pigs you have 30 days in which to register with defra as a pig keeper. You will then be issued with a herd mark which needs to be on your pigs before they go to a market/abattoir. This may be tags or tattoo. Pigs under 12 months may move to another farm on a temporary mark.
  • You need to register for feed hygiene with your local council. You will be allocated a feed hygiene registration number.
  • If you plan to sell meat (other than for your own consumption) you need to register with your local authority (environmental health) as a good business. They will usually offer advice on what you need to do. You may also need advice regarding the labelling of your meat, particularly regarding allergens.
  • Dead stock needs to be collected by a registered dead stock collector/hunt kennels. The National Fallen Stock Scheme is a good place to start
  • Also lots of information on the AHDB Pork website.