1 March 1996

Foil thieves by piglet marking

EAST Midlands NFU is urging producers to mark their piglets permanently with their unique EU eight digit holding number, or with a shorter code from the farms existing records.

This follows a series of piglet thefts from farms in the region.

It is especially important where pigs are kept outdoors and in a remote location, says the NFU.

It is also important to ensure farm insurance covers theft.

The NFU is seeking the co-operation of abattoirs to help solve the riddle of the missing piglets. Some were marked and it is hoped that greater vigilance by abattoirs in checking animal identification marks or altered marks may throw some light on the thefts.