Worth knowing about control visits


At control visits by the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, the Danish Agricultural Agency or others, you have the right to a representative (such as a lawyer or veterinarian), and we are of course at your disposal. A representative at control visits ensures that during and after control visits you can spar with and get advice from someone who has your interests as their first priority.

If you get a control visit, then contact your veterinarian or call our office and ask the inspector to wait before entering the farm.



It varies what the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration checks during a control visit, but in respect of sick animals they often look at the following:

  • Do you start treatment at the right time?
  • Do you sort into hospital pens at the right time?
  • Do you follow the veterinarian’s treatment guidelines?
  • Do you choose to euthanise in time?
  • How are the hospital pens equipped?

Therefore always remember

  • Only to use the medicine for the disease(s) it was prescribed for on the farm
  • To follow the dosage and treatment guidelines from the veterinarian
  • To actively decide on animals requiring treatment; should they be moved, have they finished treatment, should they be retreated or should they be euthanised?
  • That hospital pens must be equipped with soft flooring in 2/3 of the minimum area, a heat source plus possibility of cooling down. Soft flooring may consist of plenty of bedding material or a soft rubber mat (”soft flooring” can be defined as flooring on which impressions can be made).

Medication registration


When treating a pig, there are the following requirements for medication registration:


  • Date of start and end of treatment
  • The name of the medicine
  • The submitted quantity
  • Route of administration (injection or oral)
  • ID of the treated animal/groups of animals.
  • Withholding period


Remember that the requirements also apply to group medication, worm products and painkillers – and that your registrations must be saved for 5 years.


Vaccines are subject to the same rules for storage and handling as other prescription medicines.

  • Vaccines must be stored at the CHR number they were prescribed for
  • You must have taken a medicine handling course before you are allowed to vaccinate

Ask your veterinarian if you are in doubt about correct storage and handling of vaccines.


Today there is a requirement of minimum 2.5% hospital pens compared to the number of loose-housed, gestating sows in the herd.

However, this is an absolute minimum and in gestation pens with free access stall or ESF, there must be minimum 3-5% hospital pens whereas the recommendation in case of floor feeding or liquid feeding with competition for feed is 10% hospital pens.

A correctly equipped hospital pen contains the following:

  • Soft flooring in 2/3 of the minimum area
  • Possibility to cool down
  • Heat source

Furthermore, you must remember  slip resistant floor, max 3 sows per hospital pen and to avoid draught.

The applicable minimum requirements for hospital pens are:


Animal group 1 animal in the pen m2/animal Several animals
Sows and gilts3.52.8
Pigs 7-15 kg0.410.36
Pigs 15-30 kg0.690.58
Pigs 30-60 kg1.140.91
Pigs 60-100 kg1.701.29
Pigs 100-130 kg2.051.53
Pigs 130-150 kg2.281.60