Avian flu

We have reached the end of 2021 in a particularly unhealthy position with regards to AI.

In spite of the compulsory housing orders, which have been in place since 29th November, a total of 58 outbreaks in England, 3 in Wales, 4 in Scotland and 5 in N. Ireland, have occurred. Over half of these were in commercial poultry.

This clearly shows a breakdown in biosecurity, and, in common with other disease transfer, human carelessness is often the primary cause.

“Laid in Britain” producers, who should be following the advice in their Code of Practice, ought to be effectively protected from carriage of the virus into their flocks.

The large number of cases of AI in wild birds, speaks volumes for the danger of them contaminating the surroundings of poultry houses, from where the virus is easily transferred into the house without extreme caution by the producer.

All members should look at the APHA website for details of outbreak locations, but more importantly, to call up the advice given there on Biosecurity, then follow the checklist.

It is fervently hope that outbreaks in 2022 will drop away rapidly, and the life of producing eggs, reverts back to a more normal pattern.

Here’s hoping for better times. In the meantime, Happy New Year to you all.

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