Home | Farming and Environment | Poultry keepers must be vigilant
Farming and Environment | 12th November 2021

Poultry keepers must be vigilant



A CALL has gone out for all poultry keepers – large and small – to be vigilant as avian influenza is confirmed in Angus flock.

NFU Scotland is urging all poultry keepers to comply with new biosecurity measures following confirmation of the highly pathogenic bird flu in wild birds and a backyard flock in Scotland.

The influenza known as HPAI H5N1 was found in a small flock near Arbroath.

Temporary control zones have been set up around the premise.

In addition to the Scottish cases, numerous cases in Wales and England have been reported, leading to the chief veterinary officers for England, Wales and Scotland agreeing to introduce a GB-wide avian influenza prevention zone last week. 

These zones must take some measures, including cleansing and disinfection of equipment, vehicles and footwear to avoid virus contamination transfer between premises where poultry or other captive birds are kept, as well as storing feed, water and bedding to minimise virus contamination.

The public have also been asked to remain vigilant and report any findings of dead wild birds to Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs national helpline.

NFU Scotland’s poultry working group chairman, Robert Thompson said: “In light of the rising number of confirmed avian influenza cases across Great Britain, the introduction of these new biosecurity measures is the sensible next step to best protect Scottish poultry.

“Every poultry keeper, whether you have one hen in the back garden or a large poultry business, must take these biosecurity measures seriously and take steps to protect your birds from this devastating disease.

“While housing is not currently a requirement, all poultry keepers must take this opportunity to review their contingency plans should a housing order, similar to that introduced in December 2020, be necessary later this winter.”

Would you like to support us?

The Eskdale and Liddesdale Advertiser is our community owned local newspaper and even in today’s troubled times, we aim to bring you local news and articles in an impartial, responsible and factual way.

We hope you have enjoyed reading this free article but we need your support so we can keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent and keeps you up to date with what is happening in Eskdale and Liddesdale.

Every reader’s contribution, however big or small, is so valuable to us.
‘Owned by the Community...Published for the Community’
Do you have a story?

Please get in touch if you have a story or article you would like to see published.

Related Articles

Delay to EU import checks ‘utter madness’



Plan for a Survival scenario

Sanquhar farmer Jim Walker says the global impact of the…


A Texel for Ukraine

A Texel ewe put up for auction to raise funds…


Jim's eye view

At the time of writing this I am still in…


Border controls deal a further blow

SCOTTISH farming has been dealt a blow as a result…


Roadmap to future

THE farmer’s union NFU Scotland have welcomed the announcement that…


Celebrating farming

TWO farms in the Borders received a visit from the…


Fatigue in farming can injure or kill

ILINCA Tone, a PhD psychology student at Aberdeen University studying…


Rotten meat costs £2k to clear away

NFU Scotland and Scottish Land & Estates (SLE) are jointly…


Scottish producers at risk from farm bill

Government denies claims that cheap imports will flood into UK


Kitchen is dumped and set on fire

A COMPLETE kitchen has been dumped and set on fire…


Farmers count on their resident birds

SIXTY farmers in Scotland recorded 81 species on 81,362 acres…


Be responsible on walks on farmland

AN APPEAL has been issued to the public, particularly dog…


Beef sector could be more efficient

THERE is ‘considerable opportunity’ to improve the efficiency of the…


More stock is sold, average prices fall

LIVESTOCK sold through Scotland’s auction marts fetched £482.m last year,…


Farms need better pollinator practice

Despite significant investment in EFAs, the study found they were…


Farmers of Eskdale have a ball

THE annual Eskdale farmers’ dance was held in the school…


Neil is auctioneers’ group champion

THE Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers in Scotland (IAAS) has…


Breeding sheep to adapt to weather

RESEARCH looking at ways of breeding sheep and goats to…


Glaury but glorious: Weather plays ball for the Langholm show but wellies are needed

THE Becks Farm in Langholm had a triumphant day at…


Just champion for Campbell

ONE young lad and his sheep took the rigours of…


Langholm can thrive: Community buy-out of precious moorland has exciting potential

A VISIT to two successful community buy-outs in the Western…


MP impressed by campus expansion

A MULTI-MILLION-pound investment package is set to help the Barony…


Bumper crop at Benty: Best show day in years

ONE of the best show days in years produced a…


Aaron’s sheep wins

THE finest display of rural life descended on the Holm…


It’s a trial being a sheepdog: 66 entries keeps the Penton event running non-stop

COMPETITORS and spectators gathered for the annual Penton Discussion Group…

requires mailchimp logins and wired up to a list
Join our mailing list
Keep up to date with all that’s going on at the E&L
This site uses cookies.
Read our privacy policy

This site uses cookies for marketing, personalisation, and analysis purposes. You can opt out of this at any time or view our full privacy policy for more information.