Avian Influenza Prevention Zone to be lifted, UFU Comment

Wednesday, 31 May, 2017

If covering the DAERA announcement, Avian Influenza Prevention Zone to be lifted, please consider the comment below from UFU deputy president, Victor Chestnutt.

“The lifting of the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone will be good news for poultry producers across Northern Ireland. Throughout this process we have been guided by the veterinary risk assessment and we are glad to see that the risk of H5N8 to our industry has now been reduced to low,” said Mr Chestnutt.

“The last few months have been a difficult time for the poultry sector. However, clear communication from DAERA’s veterinary officials and a proactive response from industry have helped us to ensure the continued exclusion of H5N8 from the NI poultry sector.”

Whilst it is positive to see the risk in Northern Ireland reduce, the UFU would urge producers not to become complacent. The risk of avian influenza remains a threat to industry as demonstrated by the outbreaks in Lancashire last month. It is therefore essential that bird keepers maintain good biosecurity all year round in order to ensure the continued safety of their flocks.