Owning a Micro Pig
County Parish Holding Number (CPH number): You must have a CPH number to own a pig and we must see the original paperwork before you can take a micro pig home. It is free to get a CPH number and can take up to 2 weeks to come through. This is a County Parish Holding number for the land and buildings where your pigs will be kept. For example our county is Buckinghamshire, our parish is Amersham and the last digits are our small holding number. This is needed to track pigs who may have caused or be carrying a disease or illness in a herd. To apply for a CPH number, contact the Rural Payments Agency on 03000 200 301.
Herd Number: Once you get your piglet home you should inform your local animal health department and they will send you your own herd number. This should be done within 30 days of the pigs coming to your premises. We are happy to help you with any of these requirements.
Pet Walking License: These can be issued if you want to take your pigs for walks. You should contact your local animal health officer. Your route will be approved and will need to be renewed annually.
Birth certificate: Once you have bought your piglet we will give you your own original birth certificate to show your pig was born at Kew Little Pigs Farm and is genuine stock.
Bill of Sale: Once you have bought a micro pig from us we will give you a bill of sale which is a legal document giving you the terms and conditions of the sale and what you have agreed to (care for your pig in the correct manner), your rights as a buyer and our rights as a seller.
There is more to owning a micro pig than getting a CPH number, walking license and herd number. Micro pigs are still considered livestock and DEFRA has strict rules about owning a micro pig. That’s why at Kew Little Pigs we help you by running the Comprehensive guide to pig keeping course for those wanting to know more.
When purchasing a micro pig from us we can help you by filling out paperwork with you and applying for relevant documentation.
We have the same rules as commercial pig breeders do. Without properly understanding the legalities you could be breaking the law. Pigs are highly intelligent and clean animals and owning a micro pig should be a pleasure and not a chore. With correct husbandry in place, owning a micro pig will be one of the best decisions and purchases you will make.