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UFU urges poultry keepers to adhere to new measures


William Irvine, deputy president, UFU.

William Irvine, deputy president, UFU.

Cliff Donaldson

William Irvine, deputy president, UFU.

Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) is urging poultry keepers to adhere to new measures to protect against Avian Influenza (AI). These came into force yesterday and follow the detection of the disease in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland.

Given the cases detected close to Northern Ireland, we have cooperated with the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) and the industry to put measures in place that will limit the spread of this infection,” said William Irvine, deputy president, UFU.

“It is a legal requirement for all flocks, both large and small, to comply with the new measures. The registration of all poultry and full cooperation is vital to protect our poultry industry. I cannot stress enough how important it is for backyard keepers as well as poultry farmers to ensure their flock is registered with DAERA.”

The UFU says producers should implement heightened biosecurity protocols and remain vigilant for AI symptoms.

“We all have a part to play in protecting our industry,” said Irvine. “All producers, regardless of the size of their business, should make themselves familiar with DAERA’s biosecurity self-assessment checklist and DAERA’s text alert service. If producers suspect disease, they should contact their vet or local divisional veterinary office immediately. This is crucial.”

To register your flock, visit https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/publications/bird-registration-form