A new case of AI has been found in Wales this time in what has been identified as ‘A backyard’ keeper. Please can I urge everyone to comply with the DEFRA order to cover up birds to eliminate risks. More details will be released soon by DEFRA.
A new group has been set up on Face book Turkey Club UK for members. Join now!
I have just heard from Trading Standards and Steven Lister that DEFRA have today put out a nationwide ban on bird gatherings involving chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, quail, partridge and pheasants at fairs, shows and auctions until further notice. For further information please see the DEFRA Website
I have contacted DEFRA to confirm the current situation.
At this present moment shows are not cancelled and assessing information available, those who wish to take birds to the Federation Show are able to.
When ever Avian Influenza is involved heightened biosecurity and risk factors are always a concern, and it is up to the owner of the birds to assess the risk of the birds coming into contact with wild migrating birds, and the bio security of the show attending.
I hope that everyone keeping birds have managed to secure their birds with either keeping them totally enclosed or with suitable netted pens, and foot baths as you move in and out of their pens.
Please be cautious if you are using plastic sheeting to protect your birds….. they need fresh air circulating!
At this present moment The Federation Show is going ahead, so for th
Following on from an article in ‘The Field’ The Sunday Times this Sunday publicised our favourite Turkeys!
Click here to read article
Do you keep standard turkeys and sell some for the Christmas food market….. if so please contact me.
The documents below are from the Scottish Government and provide useful information on biosecurity and keeping birds protected where locking them in may not be an option.
Update5-hpai-in-europe-07 December 2016
As you will probably be aware outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N8) have been confirmed in poultry and wild birds in several countries across Europe.
The mandatory housing order includes the following sentence:
Keepers of poultry and other captive birds are now required to keep their birds indoors, or take appropriate steps to keep them separate from wild birds.
Wherever possible birds should be housed. Where this is not feasible or if a keeper feels that welfare would be compromised then the part in bold could kick in – ie you do what you can. Pigeon or fruit netting may also be considered appropriate but check with your local vet or you can ring APHA 03000 200 301 for advice.
A sensible and proportionate attempt to keep small groups of birds as isolated as possible would seem advisable.
Please follow the link below to the DEFRA website where they offer guidance and advice on the outbreak the 30 day prevention zone.
For those of you whose membership is due for renewal…… We now have more ways to pay……
We all lead busy lives and can sometimes forget to renew a subscription here and there! Turkey Club UK now have more ways to pay:
- PayPal – You can now subscribe automatically on an annual basis. The renewal fee will be taken every year until you wish to stop.
- Standing order – you can set up a standing order mandate with your bank and pay your subscription every year . They can be set up online with your bank or filling out the Direct debit mandate
Cash, Cheques, and all other Paypal methods are still available!
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