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Local poultry keepers warned

Created on 06/03/2017 @ 11:52
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Poultry keepers in the area being reminded of the need to have appropriate safeguards in place now that a new protection zone has been implemented.
The new Avian Influenza Prevention Zones, which was put in place last week and lasts until 30 April, requires all poultry keepers to follow enhanced biosecurity measures to minimise the risk of infection from wild birds.
Keepers of poultry and other captive birds in the new Avian Influenza Prevention Zone must ensure they complete the Welsh Government Avian Influenza Prevention Zone Self-Assessment Form and adopt one or more of the following:
•              house their birds
•              keep totally separate from wild birds, by use of netting etc.
•              allow controlled access to outside areas, subject to applying additional risk mitigation measures.
Copies of the self-assessment form and the additional risk mitigation measure and further advice can be found on the Welsh Government’s Avian Influenza webpages.
Cllr John Powell, Cabinet Member for Trading Standards, said: “I would encourage all poultry keepers to continue to be alert for signs of the disease and continue to practice the highest levels of biosecurity. The movement of poultry should be minimised, and clothing and equipment should always be disinfected.
“Even when birds are housed, there remains a risk of infection and keepers of poultry and other captive birds should ensure that every effort is made to prevent contact with wild birds.”
If you are concerned about the health of your birds you should seek advice from your veterinary surgeon. If you suspect that your birds are showing signs of the disease you should immediately report it to your local Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) office.
Poultry keepers are encouraged to provide details of their flocks to the Poultry Register. This will ensure they can be contacted immediately in the event of an avian disease outbreak so that they can take action to protect their flock at the earliest opportunity.
Members of the public are encouraged to report dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks), or other dead wild birds such as gulls or birds of prey, to the Defra helpline on 03459 33 55 77.
For more information visit and search Avian Influenza.

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