It is important that all livestock keepers familiarise themselves with the symptoms of notifiable diseases. These are diseases that because of their seriousness must, where there is any suspicion, be notified immediately to the Divisional Veterinary Manager of Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA a DEFRA agency). In Buckinghamshire and Surrey the number to call is 01284 778150.
For more information please see the following information from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and Gov.uk:
- A-Z of animal diseases
- Controlling disease in farm animals
- Disease prevention for livestock farmers
- Keeping livestock healthy, disease controls and prevention
Avian Flu information
An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) was declared across the whole of England on 11 November 2020 with additional housing measures introduced 14 December 2020.
Update 18 May 2021
The Avian Influenza Prevention Zone introduced on 11 November 2020 was lifted at midday on Saturday, 15 May 2021 and all poultry and bird gatherings, including pigeon gatherings organised for races from mainland Europe, are now permitted (notify APHA at least 7 days before any event).
Poultry and captive bird keepers are advised to remain vigilant for any signs of disease and seek prompt veterinary advice if you have any concerns. All keepers should help prevent Avian Flu by maintaining good biosecurity.