A keeper of pigs is a legal or natural entity who is responsible for animals, even if only temporarily.
All pig keepers who rear more than one pig at a time must be entered into the Register of Livestock Owners. This means that the keepers who only rear pigs occasionally for their own use must also be registered.
A pig keeper is responsible for the proper and timely marking of pigs on their agricultural holding and that correct data on the movement of pigs have been informed to the Central Register of Pigs in a timely manner.A keeper is responsible to keep a register of the pigs at their agricultural holding.
An animal keeper may only perform those zoo-technical tasks independently that are required for the protection of domestic animals and for the success of the rearing, in particular:
- first aid (sampling, probing, stoppage of haemorrhages, wound treatment, assistance in giving birth);
- castration of piglets younger than one week;
- application of iron preparations against the anaemia of piglets;
- cutting of tails in piglets and lambs up to the fourth day of age;
- pinching or sharpening of teeth in piglet on the first day after birth;
- maintenance and care of claws, hooves and cleaning of animals;
- admission of breeding animals;
- external operational examination for pregnancy;
- marking of domestic animals;
- application and use of permitted pharmacological means that are not bound to prescriptions;
- disinfection and disinsection of livestock facilities with permitted means;
- care and shearing of fur and wool;
- clipping of bee queen's wings, and other bee-keeping tasks.
An animal keeper must be trained for the performance of zoo-technical tasks.