Understanding the requirement of good animal health

Avian Flu - updated December 2022

Avian influenza outbreaks Buckinghamshire and Surrey

Actions are required from captive bird keepers within the monitoring zones. Please see: avian influenza outbreaks in Buckinghamshire and Surrey.

Mandatory housing measures are in place for all poultry and captive birds.

The housing measures legally require all bird keepers to keep their birds indoors and to follow stringent biosecurity measures to help protect their flocks from the disease, regardless of type or size.

Visit bird flu (avian influenza): how to spot and report it in poultry or other captive birds (GOV.UK), for guidance and regular disease updates.

When to report dead wild birds and how to report them.

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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We have produced this newsletter to bring together all the latest animal health updates in one convenient location for you. Please do take a couple of minutes to have a look and follow the links to further information as needed.

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