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Pig inspections

Why do we inspect pigs? Picture of a pig looking over a fence - courtesy of DEFRA

The Scottish Government must carry out inspections on keepers of pigs to ensure compliance with the Pigs (Records, Identification and Movement) Order 1995 (PRIMO). All businesses who keep pigs that are selected for a cross compliance inspection are subject to a pig identification inspection.

What do we look for?

The inspection of pigs will ensure that:

  • All pigs are registered as per PRIMO
  • All pig movements have been recorded in a movement record and have been notified correctly
  • All pigs are identified before leaving the farm premises

Where can you find out more?

The guidance document used by RPID staff when carrying out inspections is now available:

The pig identification and traceability section of this website contains information about the legislation relating to pigs.

The Cross Compliance section of the Rural Payments and Services website also offers guidance on the welfare of pigs.


Visit the Rural Payments and Services website for detailed information on pig inspections in Scotland.