Ban on poultry shows to be lifted

PUBLISHED: 15:42 02 May 2017 | UPDATED: 15:42 02 May 2017

Head Steward Derek Wakeham with an exhibit at a poultry show before the ban came into force. Photo: Rupert Stephenson

Head Steward Derek Wakeham with an exhibit at a poultry show before the ban came into force. Photo: Rupert Stephenson

Archant

From 15th May poultry show ban will be lifted in certain areas of the UK

A ban on poultry shows in England and Scotland will be lifted from May 15 as the risk of bird flu has decreased. The ban remains in Wales although a date for lifting the ban is expected soon. In Northern Ireland, the ban will be lifted more gradually but with all shows allowed by the end of May.

DEFRA issued a statement which said the changes followed the latest risk assessment from the UK Chief Veterinary Officer.

“The Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) currently in place will be lifted in England on 15 May 2017. From this date, keepers will no longer be required by law to follow specific disease prevention measures to reduce the risk of infection from wild birds. They should continue to follow industry standard best practice on biosecurity, including minimising movement in and out of bird enclosures, cleaning footwear, keeping areas where birds live clean and tidy and feeding birds indoors.

“A ban on poultry gatherings has been in place since 20 December to reduce the risk of infected poultry passing the virus to other birds. This ban will be lifted in England on 15 May 2017, meaning bird gatherings can then resume, subject to some additional identity and health checks and biosecurity measures.

“The Government continually reviews disease control measures in light of new scientific evidence and veterinary advice. The latest assessment from Defra is that the overall risk in England has fallen from ‘medium’ to ‘low’, comparable with risk levels in November 2016, and should continue to fall in warmer, drier spring weather conditions.

“Based on this assessment, the decision has been taken to lift measures on 15 May, provided there are no further cases in poultry or findings of H5N8 in wild birds.”

The most recent case of H5N8 in poultry in England was confirmed on February 24 and the last finding in wild birds was on March 10.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Your Chickens visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Your Chickens staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Your Chickens account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from News

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Enjoy Your Chickens plus 35 other great magazines for just £4.99 a month!

Read more
Friday, May 12, 2017

Help, tips & advice by chicken keepers

Read more
Friday, May 12, 2017

British dressage rider and Olympic silver medal winner Carl Hester is a keen chicken keeper. He told us about his hobby… and his riding

Read more
Friday, May 12, 2017

Consider how chickens fit in to the overall design and function of your outdoor space. This will really pay dividends. JULIE MOORE explains

Read more
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

From 15th May poultry show ban will be lifted in certain areas of the UK

Read more
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Advice from Lisa Mancell at Farmgate

Read more
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Wooden or plastic coop?

Read more
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Keeping chickens can be good for your health! Emily Pask, from Cambridgeshire, is just one henkeeper who has benefited...

Read more
Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The work of the charity has been hit by the bird flu restrictions. But now things are easing in time for spring. Founder Jane Howorth reports

Read more
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The latest situation, a summary of biosecurity advice by our writer Kim Stoddart, and a case study

Read more
Your Chickens Application Link

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most Read

Don't Miss...


Chickens Stateside

Fresh Eggs Daily

Follow us on Twitter


Like us on Facebook