Mi­cro-pig man­age­ment

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

IHEARD some­one on the ra­dio this week who breeds mi­cro pigs and was en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to keep them as pets. As a small­holder, I’m be­com­ing in­creas­ingly con­cerned that peo­ple are tak­ing on these an­i­mals with as much con­sid­er­a­tion as you would a dog or a cat. At no point was it men­tioned that you need to ob­tain a County Par­ish Hold­ing num­ber, no­tify the An­i­mal and Plant Health Agency and ob­tain a herd num­ber. The pigs need to be tagged or tat­tooed and a move­ment li­cence is re­quired even for vis­its to the vet or to ex­er­cise out­side the hold­ing. They shouldn’t be trans­ported in cars nor fed kitchen waste. Lis­ten­ing to some of the own­ers of these ‘mi­cro pigs’, the above seems un­likely. In­deed, one lady’s pig was so fat it couldn’t walk and had its trot­ters painted when she had her man­i­cure done—i didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. Dawn Miller, South Wales

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