TIPS FOR BREED­ING PIGS IN FRANCE

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• 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.

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