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Protect Your Pet Pigs and Backyard Chickens

7 March 2012, at 9:03am

NORTHERN IRELAND, UK - The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) has appealed for owners of pet pigs or chickens to ensure the animals are properly registered.

DARD Senior Veterinary Officer Dr Perpetua McNamee, explained: “Pigs and chickens are susceptible to a range of diseases so whether you buy them from websites, petshops, sales, or directly from breeders here or in Britain, you need to be fully aware of the potential risks, and the rules you must follow to keep them safe and healthy.

"If you are not already registered with us, please contact your local DARD office on 0300 200 7840 or by emailing us at: DARD helpline for advice on how to keep them safely and protect them from disease.

“Likewise, if you are considering purchasing micropigs, pet pigs or chickens, please start by contacting your local DARD office for advice.

“DARD staff will be happy to answer your questions on the rules and to help you comply with the law on keeping pigs and poultry. These rules are in place to help keep your pets and our farming industry safe and free from disease.”