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Hold on to our UK advantage

Slap marking is one of those routine jobs that has to be done, but it's vital to take care every time to make sure all pigs are clearly slap marked with the Defra herd mark.

UK producers have an ID advantage in the form of slap marking, but if marks are repeatedly illegible then the industry could lose this special EU derogation and would have to tag all pigs.

Make a habit of inspecting the slap marker and pins after every use, replacing any damaged parts straight away.

And if you don’t already, check the comments from the abattoir, slap marks need to be legible before and after slaughter!

For a quick refresher, see BPEX’s work instruction on slap marking.


By AHDBPork at 9 Dec 2010, 13:46 PM

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