TIPS FOR BREEDING PIGS IN FRANCE
• Register with the Chambres d’Agriculture ( chambresagriculture.fr). There is a small charge for registration and you will be issued with a cheptel number.
• Source your stock from a reputable registered breeder. All pigs have to be tagged or tattooed when you buy them.
• Find a good vet experienced in everything pig-related.
• Shop around for food and straw suppliers – prices can vary considerably in the local area.
• Keep good records. You will need to keep an animal medicine record book, a herd register, and a breeding and service book. All animal movement documents must be kept for a minimum of five years.
• Your herd will need to be tested annually for disease control. In Normandy they will be tested for SDRP (Syndrome Dygenesique et Respiratoire du Porc) and Aujeszky’s disease. Tests required can differ by department within France.
• You must tag or tattoo all animals born on your farm before they leave your farm with your cheptel number.
• Register with Atemax ( atemax.fr) which will remove any dead carcasses from your premises if you have stock die.
• It is illegal to feed kitchen waste to your pigs. You can, however, feed them fruit and vegetables grown in your garden.