7th December 2016
DEFRA have declared a prevention zone in England to protect poultry from a strain of avian flu in Europe. This enhances bio-security requirements for poultry and captive birds and remains in place for 30 days.
The effect of this is that 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. The order is a precautionary measure and DEFRA is continuing to monitor the situation closely.
Further details can be obtained by going on to the DEFRA website, where guidance is given on bio-security and disease prevention.
This ruling does have an impact on those farmers who claim basic payment and who will need to show compliance with the announcement. It is also worth reminding the keepers of poultry that registration is required if you have 50 or more birds. The GB Poultry Register helpline is 0800-634-1112.