Poultry housing measures what you need to know

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Members can read our in-depth briefing here

Welsh Government, along with Defra and the Scottish Government, has announced new poultry housing rules that came into force throughout the UK on Monday 14 December.

Dafydd Jarrett, NFU Cymru Policy Adviser said: “Due to a number of confirmed Avian Influenza cases in England and a small number of wild birds infected with the disease in Wales, this has necessitated the introduction of the new housing measures. Government vets and epidemiological experts have decided this is the best further option to protect the UK’s poultry flock.

“As we reach the peak period of wild bird migration from the east into Wales, there is the possibility of more wild bird cases.

“These new measures mean that every poultry keeper, whether you have one hen in the garden or a large poultry business, must house their birds indoors. Everyone with poultry needs to take these measures seriously.

“Vigilance continues to be important and all poultry keepers should report any signs of disease in their birds at the earliest opportunity.”

Read the latest Welsh Government guidance on biosecurity here

Keepers should report any suspicion of disease immediately to their own Veterinary Practice or to APHA on 03000 200 301.

​Public health advice is that the risk to human health from Avian Influenza is very low and that Avian Influenza poses a very low food safety risk for UK consumers and it does not affect the consumption of poultry products, including eggs.

READ all the latest information from our poultry team here.

Last edited: 14:47 on 18 December 2020

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