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The ban on shows and gatherings of poultry, waterfowl and game birds has also been lifted today (stock photo)

The ban on shows and gatherings of poultry, waterfowl and game birds has also been lifted today (stock photo)

The ban on shows and gatherings of poultry, waterfowl and game birds has also been lifted today (stock photo)

Bird flu restrictions have been removed in Northern Ireland.

The avian influenza prevention zone here was due to expire today, and will not be renewed the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs has confirmed.

The zone required bird keepers in the province to put in place enhanced bio-security measures before letting their birds outside in order to reduce the risk of the disease spreading.

The ban on shows and gatherings of poultry, waterfowl and game birds has also been lifted today.

Chief Veterinary Officer Robert Huey said it would be welcome news for many bird-keepers who had decided to keep their animals indoors to protect them.

"This has been a testing time for all of us, and I would like to thank all bird-keepers in Northern Ireland for their co-operation and vigilance. Your positive and committed response has helped us reach this point," he said.

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