Swine PIN Tag May Be Required Soon by Some Processors
Some pork processors will be requiring new Swine PIN Tags on all hogs that come to them starting January 1, 2015. If you have pigs, check with your processing plant regarding their requirements and whether you may have to have new tags. The Swine PIN Tag will include:
- Premises Identification Number (PIN) of the farm of origin
- The state
- The “U.S.” shield
- The words “Unlawful to Remove”
The tags can be ordered with management numbers (see photo above for example). This is not a state or federal government mandate, but rather a need for packers to provide more information to consumers about the origin of the product.
You can order Swine PIN Tags from any manufacturer that sells the “840” official federal ID tags (they do not have to be pink in color as pictured above). A PIN is required for your farm to place the order and will be printed on the tag. If you need to obtain a PIN or are not sure if you have a PIN, contact the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (NCDA & CS) NCFarmID section at 919-715-2951 or email at NCFarmID@ncagr.gov. You can also visit the website for more information: http://www.ncagr.gov/ncfarmid/
Any pig that has the Swine PIN Tag will also meet the requirements for the North Carolina Swine ID Law, which requires all pigs moving on public roads to be identified according to state protocol. Pigs would not need both the Swine PIN Tag and an additional tag or other ID method to meet state law requirements.
To determine whether you need to make swine identification changes or not, contact your packing plant regarding their future requirements.
Source: Dr. Tom Ray, Director, Animal Health Programs-Livestock, NCDA & CS