The basics of pig keeping are
straight forward if you have the correct setup and seek the correct advice. Understanding pig behaviour may take longer to learn, but like any other animal you will learn together. There is a wealth
of information out on the internet. Firstly it is illegal to keep a pet pig without a CPH number, you must have one, otherwise the piglet cannot leave the breeder, see information pages to find out
We have a lot of information on our website, we appreciate many visitors do not have time to read through it all, so we will high light the points that we feel you need to know and are important including the law on keeping pet pigs.
1. You Must have a CPH (County Parish Holding Number) Full details are available here http://micropigsuk.co.uk/what-is-a-cph-number/ you can not purchase one without this.
2. You MUST familiarise yourself with Defra Rules, Micro Pigs have the same rules applied to them as any other livestock keeper, you can download the leaflet in PDF format
3. Once you get your piggy home you Must apply for your herd number (again you can download it below and keep it for referrence).
4. When you get your little one home he/she Must stay on your land for 20 days (stick with 21 days and you wont go wrong). This is to protect against disease when pigs are being moved all over the Country, most diseases would show within this period, so it effectively limits the spread of disease. You cannot move a micro pig off of your land without filling out a movement license and wherever your micro pig goes it will need to stay again for 20 days, this applies to all pigs coming onto land or being moved to new premises these are available free from your local trading standards office.
5. Do your research make sure you understand the needs. There are different lines/genetics, breeders can explain this further to you. More importantly make sure you are ready to add a mini piglet to your family and give a lifetime of love and care.
6. you will need a reasonable amount of space for your pet piggies, so you can make a decent size pen. you would need two of similar age and sex, boys must be started out young together, two females can also live together its always best to start two micro piglets from the same litter or a young age.