Pig keepers: report and record movements to or from your holding
How to report and record pig movements and standstill requirements that apply when pigs arrive at your holding.
You must ‘pre-notify’ (report) any movement of pigs from your holding unless you’re moving pigs to a market.
You can do this:
- electronically through the eAML2 system
- by phone to the Meat and Livestock Commercial Services Limited (MLCSL) bureau of the British Pig Executive (BPEX): 0844 335 8400
To pre-notify electronically, you need to register (for free) on the eAML2 website. You can also contact the helpline for help setting up a new account.
Telephone: 08443 358 400
When to pre-notify
You must pre-notify before you move the pigs.
If you’re pre-notifying electronically, the details will register in the system immediately, so you can pre-notify at any time before you move the pigs.
If you’re pre-notifying by phone, you must allow time for MLCSL to send you documents you’ll need to send with your pigs. Normally 5 working days will be enough.
Change details of a pre-notified move
On the day of the move, you’ll need to confirm details of the move and any changes you’ve made since you first reported it (eg a change to the number of animals being moved).
You can do this:
- electronically if you have an eAML2 account
- by text message to MLCSL: 07786 203 116
- by phone to MLCSL: 0844 335 8400
You’ll have to register your mobile number through your eAML2 account if you want to use to use the text message service.
Documents that accompany pigs in transit
Pigs in transit must be accompanied by a ‘haulier summary/movement document’ (HS/MD).
The eAML2 system will automatically generate an HS/MD that you can print off, if you report a move electronically
You’ll need to allow extra time for BPEX to post you an HS/MD, if you’re pre-notifying a a move by phone.
The haulier or person transporting the pigs must keep a copy of the HS/MD for 6 months.
Report the arrival of pigs
The keeper who’s receiving the pigs must confirm the arrival of the animals, and any changes from the initial report.
They can do this:
- electronically through the eAML2 website if they have an eAML2 account
- by text message to MLCSL: 07786 203 116 if they have an eAML2 account
- by phone to MLCSL: 0844 335 8400
- by posting the completed HS/MD to MLCSL
eAML2 Bureau Services
The receiving pig keeper will register their mobile phone number through their eAML2 account to use the text message service.
If the receiving keeper doesn’t have an eAML2 account, the sender needs to give the haulier 2 copies of the HS/MD. The haulier will give 1 copy to the receiving keeper to report the move.
Move pigs to a market or collection centre
You don’t have to pre-notify movements to markets or collection centres, if the market or collection centre has agreed to do that for you once the pigs arrive.
You’ll need to fill in a paper HS/MD and send it with your pigs to the market or collection centre instead. You can get a paper HS/MD from a market or collection centre, or request one from MLCSL.
On the day the pigs are sent, the market or collection centre will use the eAML2 system to:
- pre-notify the movement from your farm
- report the arrival of the pigs at the market or collection centre
The market or collection centre will also send you a copy of the completed HS/MD document for your records.
You must check that the market or collection centre you’re sending animals to provides this service before you move animals.
Move pigs from a market
If you buy pigs at a market you don’t need to pre-notify the pigs’ onward movement.
The market will electronically report the next movement of the animal through the eAML2 system and provide an HS/MD to the haulier.
You’ll only need to confirm the animals’ arrival.
Standstill restrictions after pigs arrive at your holding
If a pig arrives on your farm from another holding, you can’t move any:
- pig off your holding for 20 days
- other livestock (eg sheep, goats, cattle) off your holding for 6 days, except deer
Exemptions to standstill restrictions are listed in the General Licence for the Movement of Pigs - Annex A-C.
Keep a holding register
You must keep a record of every movement of pigs to or from your holding. Within 36 hours of any movement, you need to record:
- the date of the movement
- the herd mark of the pigs moved (or herd marks if there are pigs from more than 1 herd involved)
- the number of pigs you moved from each herd
- details of the holding the pigs came from
- details of the holding the pigs are going to
You must also record the individual identity number of any pigs moved to:
- exhibitions or shows
- artificial insemination (AI) centres or other breeding locations
- other countries (within or outside the EU)
You can keep your records on paper or on a computer.
You must keep them for 3 years after you stop keeping pigs and make them available during an inspection, or to inspectors by post on request.
You don’t have to keep a holding register if you have an eAML2 account, because these details are all recorded in the eAML2 system. But you’ll need to make paper copies of records available to government inspectors on request.
Published: 2 February 2012
Updated: 18 April 2016
- Updated exemptions to standstill restrictions - added link to all exemptions.
- First published.