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Animal keeper

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.


  • The owners who breed the following animals must enter in the register:

    • bovine animals, ungulates;
    • small cattle, pigs, game from the wire pen, alpacas, llamas, snails;
    • poultry, rabbits;
    • aquaculture, bees.

    An owner of breeding animals enters in the register of owners on the basis of an application with the following data:

    • name and surname or the company and address or the head office of the owner of animals;
    • personal identification number (hereinafter referred to as: PIN), or the registration number of the business entity of the owner of animals or tax ID number;
    • location of the holding (postal address if available, otherwise geographical coordinates of the location – N,E according to ETRS89), and exceptionally also the data from the cadastre (cadastral municipality, plot);
    • identification number of the agricultural holding (KMG-MID) if available, or the identification number of the holding (G-MID) if available;
    • number by the species of breeding animals;
    • signature of the owner;
    • with the owner's consent also the contact information (e-mail and telephone numbers)

    Agricultural holdings entered in the official records and kept within the scope of the competent authority and which indicate that the owner breeds the animals at the location of the holding are entered in the register of owners ex officio.

    An owner of breeding animals must report any changes of the data on the owner or holding within 30 days after the change at the latest.

    Before the entry in the register of owners of animals, an owner of animals must have appropriate education or be professionally qualified.


Cross-border provisions of profession

Poklic Imetnik živali ne sodi v poklicno direktivo. Čezmejno opravljanje poklica v tem primeru ni mogoče.