An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone has come into force across Great Britain as of 5pm on 3 November 2021. This means it is a legal requirement for all bird keepers to follow strict biosecurity measures to protect their birds from avian influenza. For more information see GOV.UK, GOV.SCOT and GOV.WALES
It is essential that all producers:
• Ensure covered boot dips are present at the entry points to sheds/ranges with DEFRA approved disinfectants that are replenished at least twice per week
• Discourage wild birds from visiting range areas
• Ensure bedding is stored in bird/vermin proof sheds
• Ensure all visitors sign the visitors’ books
• Ensure all people entering sites wear dedicated PPE
• Ensure all sheds are vermin/wild bird proof
• Ensure all sheds are well maintained to minimise the risk of water ingress.
Monitor your flocks closely for signs of AI:
• Snicking (sneezing)
• Increased mortality
• Reduced egg production
• Swelling/purple colouring of the birds’ heads
• Nervous signs.
It is highly unlikely that a housing order will be put in place on the back of this case, but APHA constantly carry out risk assessments.
If you have any concerns regarding your flock or concerns regarding licensing, please contact us on 01392 872932.