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Author Topic: Tags for abattoir  (Read 4513 times)


  • Joined Jun 2021
Tags for abattoir
« on: June 23, 2022, 08:45:05 am »
Hi we got two weaners to fatten and the breeder tagged them when we picked them up
Just booked them into the abbatoir - do we need to tag them again with our number (so they'll each have two tags) or can we take them bearing the original breeders tags ? tia
« Last Edit: June 23, 2022, 08:47:27 am by Debrasmithy »


  • Joined Mar 2009
  • Stirlingshire, Central Scotland
Re: Tags for abattoir
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2022, 09:00:07 am »
We've always just sent them under the original breeder's tags and it's been fine.
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  • Joined Mar 2019
  • North Shropshire
  • Dreamer with Mary, (cow) and sheep.
Re: Tags for abattoir
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2022, 04:41:26 pm »
To be sure, ask the abbatoir.

Whenever I bought weaners, the breeder never tagged them, used marker spray instead. I bought metal Ketchum tags for the dirty deed, which were put in the night before, if they were nice pigs, or the day they went if they werent.
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  • Joined Feb 2012
Re: Tags for abattoir
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2022, 09:55:08 pm »
They should move with your tag. It really wasn't necessary for the previous owners to tag as they were under a year of age and between holdings only needed a temporary paint mark. It is a bind to remove tags at this stage so just move them under the herdmark they have on their tags. The abattoir wont have a problem. It would be eaml2 that could pick up on this but I very much doubt they will. The key thing is that the pigs are traceable, which they are. Next time tell the vendor you don't want tags.


  • Joined Jun 2021
Re: Tags for abattoir
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2022, 09:57:50 pm »
hi thanks all - have had weaners off same breeder a few times and they've never tagged them on leaving before (until this time) 


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