Avian Influenza Prevention Zone and suspension of gatherings now in force in Northern Ireland

Friday, 23 December, 2016

The UFU is alerting poultry farmers that this Chief Veterinary Officer for Northern Ireland (NI), Robert J Huey, has declared an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone and suspension of poultry gatherings in NI in light of the heightened risk of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N8 in the UK.

The prevention Zone for NI is effective from 12 noon on 23 December 2016 for 30 days. In addition to this there is also a temporary suspension of gatherings of some species of birds. Keepers of poultry and other captive birds are now required to keep their birds indoors, or take appropriate steps to keep them separate from wild birds.

Read the Chief Vets statement in full here https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/news/avian-influenza-prevention-zone-and-suspension-gatherings-now-force-northern-ireland