Animal movement - pigs

Licence summary
Pig identification and traceability is an essential part of disease control in Scotland. In the event of a disease outbreak, it is important that pig movements can be easily traced.
 
Keepers of pigs are required to register holdings where pigs are kept and must maintain records of all pig movements. When pigs are moved a self declaration movement document or a licence issued by Fife Council must accompany the animals on their journey. Where a self declaration movement document is used a copy must be forwarded to Fife Council within 3 days. Fife Council will, in turn, notify the Scottish Animal Movement Unit (SAMU) of the details of the movement.
 
Eligibility Criteria
In the event of disease outbreak, the precise location of all livestock is essential for effective measures to control and eradicate highly contagious diseases.

Self declaration movement documents are therefore used to record the details of a movement in instances where keepers move pigs from a farm. The type of declaration to be used (Schedule 2, Schedule 3, or Schedule 4) will depend on the purposes for which the pigs are being moved and the destination to which the pigs are being moved to.

Schedule 2: Movement of pigs from a farm form of declaration

Schedule 3: Movement of pigs from a farm for breeding, exhibition, artificial insemination, or veterinary treatment form of declaration

Schedule 4: Movement of pigs on return to farm after movement from farm for breeding purposes form of declaration

Keepers need to be aware of the requirements being placed upon them when using self declaration movement documents and understand that movements are made under the authority of and in accordance with the conditions of licence issued by Scottish Ministers under the Disease Control (Interim Measures) (Scotland) Order 2002.

No fees are payable. This is simply a notification process with the requirement being to forward a copy of the relevant self declaration to the local authority within 3 days.
 
Regulation Summary
 
Application Evaluation Process
Fife Council will process notifications as quickly as possible. A copy of each self declaration movement document that is received will be forwarded to the Scottish Animal Movement Unit and to another local authority if required.
 
 Will Tacit Consent Apply?
No, the licence must be applied for in advance of the animal movement, one copy should be returned to the Fife Council within 3 days of the animal movement.

If you have any queries regarding the self declaration and notification process in relation to pig movements please contact us on the details below.
 
 Apply online
To apply on-line use the "do-it-online" link at the right of the page.  To print and complete an application form select the required Schedule from our publications section.
 
Failed Application Redress
Please contact Fife Council if you wish to find out why your application was refused.

Within 21 days of the date of the decision to refuse the application, you may require the Council to give written reasons for its decision.

You may appeal to the Sheriff against the decision within 28 days of the decision, provided you have already followed all available procedures to stating your case to the Council.

Any appeal will only be successful if the Sheriff considers that the Council, in making its decision:
  • erred in law
  • based its decision on an incorrect material fact
  • acted contrary to natural justice
  • exercised its discretion in an unreasonable manner
You may appeal again on a point of law from the Sheriff's decision to the Court of Session within 28 days from the date of the Sheriff's decision.
 
Licence Holder Redress
Please contact Fife Council if you wish to find out why your application was refused.

Within 21 days of the date of the decision to refuse the application, you may require the Council to give written reasons for its decision.

You may appeal to the Sheriff against the decision within 28 days of the decision, provided you have already followed all available procedures to stating your case to the Council.

Any appeal will only be successful if the Sheriff considers that the Council, in making its decision:
  • erred in law
  • based its decision on an incorrect material fact
  • acted contrary to natural justice
  • exercised its discretion in an unreasonable manner
You may appeal again on a point of law from the Sheriff's decision to the Court of Session within 28 days from the date of the Sheriff's decision.
 
Consumer Complaint
We would always advise that in the event of a complaint the first contact is made with the trader by you - preferably in the form a letter (with proof of delivery). If that has not worked, if you are located in the UK, Consumer Direct will give you advice. From outside the UK contact the UK European Consumer Centre.
 
Trade Associations 
 

 


For more information contact

Estelle Sessions, Animal Health Officer 
Tel: 03451 55 55 55 + Ext 44 03 51 Contact Estelle Sessions online
By Post: Kingdom House Kingdom Avenue Glenrothes Fife KY7 5LY
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