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idenitfying pigs

Posted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 10:12 am
by newclosefarm
we have just had our first litter and wonder what the official way of identifying the piglets is. With the GOS we keep they are tattooed. Our Kune sow has a micro chip is this the accepted method? Please can someone let me know asap as I have to take the boys to be castrated today and I might as well get them chipped while I'm there if thats what has to be done.

Posted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:44 pm
by simon
Nothing wrong with being chipped but its not essential, especially for a castrated male.
Movements under 12months can be done with a 'temporary paint mark' (sheep marker spray). I always do that with young kunes. Once on a holding they don't need a tag unless they move off after their first birthday.

Posted: Fri Aug 06, 2010 9:19 am
by newclosefarm
Same as normal pig movements then, I was more interested in their identification for their pedigree status. I read on this site yesterday that you get sent a tag once you have registered them, is that correct?

Posted: Fri Aug 06, 2010 9:27 am
by simon
Sorry, I misunderstood what you said.
Yes, when you register a gilt/boar you (or the new owner) gets sent an ear tag and a pedigree certificate.
I'm not certain, but I think castrates just get the certificate.

Posted: Fri Aug 06, 2010 12:48 pm
by wendy scu
castrates get an ear tag too.

i have been told by the vet that there is no point in chipping kunes as the chip will travel around the body in the fat and therefore will become untraceable - interesting :?

Posted: Fri Aug 06, 2010 4:43 pm
by Pandora
?? of all my castrates I've sold, the new owners have said they didn't get tags with their pedigree certificates, only for entire breeding boars and gilts, and that David (Lacon) had said castrates don't need them :?:
Should I ask him to send them then, if they should have them?

Posted: Fri Aug 06, 2010 5:02 pm
by wendy scu
you can put any ear in. personally i don't use the society ones as i don't like the look of them.

Posted: Fri Aug 06, 2010 8:47 pm
by Pandora
But should they have been sent out with their pedigrees?

Posted: Sun Aug 08, 2010 10:00 pm
by wendy scu
think so, i've always had them for mine - castrates need identifying just like any other pig.