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New origin declaring rules for UK pig producers

New EU rules on country of origin labelling mean that regulations will change for producers sending pigs to slaughter.

The changes mean the origin of the pigs will have to be declared. British producers usually do this through eAML2, the electronic version of the pig movement licence.

Andrew Knowles, head of technical services at the British Pig Executive (BPEX), said, "This is not a major change, but does mean producers will have to answer some extra questions to comply with the EU rules.

"This change will come into effect on 25 May so producers, livestock markets and processors need to be aware that it is coming. This new information will be passed to the destination abattoir or farmer so they are aware of the origin of the pigs in the consignment."

The new questions are for movements to slaughter:

Tick one box:

 

•   Origin UK - Born and reared in the UK
•   Reared in UK and – imported from {select country from drop-down list}

a.  animal slaughtered is older than six months, reared in UK for at least the last four months or
b.  animal slaughtered is younger than six months and with a live weight of at least 80 kg, animal reared in UK from at least 30 kg or
c.  animal slaughtered is younger than six months and with a live weight of less than 80 kg and the whole rearing period took place in the UK;
Reared in another country - Imported from {select country from drop-down list} for slaughter.

For farm to farm moves:
Are all animals in the consignment born and reared in the UK:
•    Yes
•    No imported from {select country from drop-down list} for slaughter
Click here to learn more about eAML2

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