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Avian Bird Flu Restrictions in England Are Relaxed for Higher Risk Areas

Monday 17/04/2017

Poultry farmers across England are breathing a sigh of relief as the government has announced that all poultry in England are allowed outside again from Thursday April 13th 2017.

The sanctions were originally put in place due to the outbreak of the H5N8 strain of bird flu. The disease was discovered in December at farms in Northumberland, Suffolk, Norfolk, Lancashire and Lincolnshire, and in backyard flocks in North Yorkshire and Carmarthenshire. The same strain was also found in wild birds in England, Scotland and Wales.

After months of restrictions the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) made the decision based on the latest veterinary advice and scientific evidence which concluded that the level of risk to poultry in the Higher Risk Areas has now reduced to the same level as that across the rest of England.

UK Chief Veterinary Officer Nigel Gibbens warns “However, all keepers must still observe strict disease prevention measures to reduce the risk of contamination from the environment, where the virus can survive for several weeks in bird droppings.”

Dan England, Director of PestFix says “It is vital to not only to continue your biosecurity measures but also to minimise the contact your flock has with wild birds moving forward and there are many ways to achieve this effectively.”

Solutions include traditional bird netting, but also through the use of lasers. The Agrilaser Autonomic has been used by a poultry farmer in West Sussex for this very purpose read the full story here

To find out more about how to retain the biosecurity of your farm click here

If you have any questions regarding anything this topic, please contact our customer services team on 01903 538488 and they will be happy to help you.

Please note: A ban on poultry fairs and gatherings remains in place

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