There was an outbreak of avian flu in East Yorkshire earlier this year and we thought it timely to remind you that we all need to do our bit to ensure we comply with legislation and maintain our own backyard version of bio security. Although it’s not a legal requirement for those of us with less than 50 birds to register with Defra (now called the Animal and Plant Health Agency), it can make a huge difference during disease outbreak, giving APHA the information it needs to protect surrounding areas effectively and efficiently.
Registering small flocks helps APHA build an accurate picture and ultimately it will enable you to better protect your own birds. And remember it’s not just hens that APHA are interested in, if you have turkeys, ducks, geese, partridges, quail, pheasants, pigeons reared for meat, guinea fowl, ostriches, emus, rheas and cassowaries – and more than 50 collectively, you need to register! APHA’s GB Poultry Register can be completed by email, telephone or by post.
The industry does a great job in minimising the risks of bird flu, so let’s do our bit to keep it that way.