UFU urges Poultry farmers to be vigilant

Friday, 6 February, 2015

Following confirmation of Low Pathogenic Avain Influenza (LPAI) H7 in a chicken farm in Hampshire, the Ulster Farmers’ Union is urging poultry farmers to be vigilant and adhere to the requirements being implemented by DARD.

UFU Poulty Chairman Roy Campbell said; “While there are no issues for either human health or food safety, this is a serious, notifiable disease in poultry which has led to a number of precautionary measures being put in place. It is important that all bird keepers are vigilant and practice a high standard of biosecurity, regardless of the size of their flock, to ensure that their sites remain as secure as possible from the potential introduction of this disease.  The disease is notifiable so if you suspect that your birds have Avian Influenza you should contact your Private Veterinary Practice (PVP) or your local Divisional Veterinary Office immediately. I would also advise that poultry farmers begin to consider how they would implement emergency procedures, should the occasion arise, which would allow for all birds to be housed and separated up.”

Both DARD and the UFU are committed to doing all that they can to keep the disease out and are working closely with DEFRA, NFU and associates throughout Europe in order to remain fully up to date on any developments.

Keep update to date on current situation and precautionary measures http://www.dardni.gov.uk/index/animal-health-and-welfare/animal-diseases/avian-influenza/avian-influenza-current-situation.htm

More information about avian flu http://www.dardni.gov.uk/avian-influenza