Understanding the requirement of good animal health

Important information - Avian Influenza

Please note that highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 has been confirmed in captive birds as recently as 21 June 2022.

Although poultry housing measures have been lifted, the Avian Influenza risk from wild birds remains and the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone remains in place. Keepers must follow the enhanced mandatory biosecurity guidance available on the GOV.UK website and remain vigilant.

Important information regarding wild birds

If you find three or more dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or gulls or birds of prey or five or more dead birds of any species, you should report them to the Defra helpline on 03459 335577.

APHA will collect some of these birds and test them to help to understand how the disease is distributed geographically and in different types of bird. Not all birds will be collected.

Do not touch or pick up any dead or visibly sick birds that you find. Further information for the public about avian influenza bird flu is available from the Animal and Plant Health Agency

Legislation exists to protect both human, through the food chain, and animal health. This prevents the introduction of serious, notifiable diseases such as Avian Flu and Foot and Mouth and includes requirements for maintaining records and ensuring livestock are identified. Measures also exist to protect the welfare of livestock, whether on smallholdings, farms, in transit or at abattoirs.

We work with the Department for Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and the RSPCA, to ensure the above.

This Farm Regulators' Charter sets out what you can expect from a farm visit by a regulator and what your responsibilities are.

If you are a new livestock keeper please ensure that you have obtained a holding number from the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) on 03000 200 301 and then a herd/flock number from the Animal and Plant Health Agency (AHPA a DEFRA agency) on 03000 200 301. We will then be notified.

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