∗∗ LATEST DEFRA UPDATES, ADVICE AND GUIDANCE ∗∗
The Poultry Gathering suspension was lifted on MAY 15th 2017 (See DEFRA website link below).
Please make yourself aware of the current regulations as these are followed by all shows not just those run by Kent Poultry Club.
All birds will be inspected before they are allowed to enter the show hall for any signs of illness or disease. Participants are asked to be patient during the inspection process and to turn up early to avoid delays. Any bird showing signs of illness will be refused entry along with any birds from the same place of origin and/or travelling in the same vehicle.
Declaration forms will be required to be handed in as your birds are inspected.(See Declaration Form section below)
Carriers MUST BE SOLID BOTTOM AND SIDED. At this time, well ventilated cardboard boxes are the best option. Poultry Crates / Dog Cages etc
Please find below Newcastle Disease Guidance.
Please find below Avian Influenza Guidance.
Biosecurity procedures will be followed by Kent Poultry Club. Participants are asked to read through the biosecurity.
There has been a lot of talk lately about whether or not declaration forms are required. Please read the below information regarding this issue. This advice and information is from the Poultry Club of Great Britain.
DEFRA are no longer requiring that participants at shows declare their birds free of Newcastle Disease however it is still required that you declare your birds free from Avian Influenza. Also to comply with the license that we as Kent Poultry Club must apply for in order to hold a show the Declaration Form is still required. Therefore Declaration Forms will continue to be required by all participants of Kent Poultry Club Show. We will accept forms from August 2018 onward but older forms will not be accepted. It is up to you are a participant if you wish to declare your birds just Avian Influenza free or both AI and Newcastle Disease.
The completed form must be hand in as your birds are inspected before you enter the hall. Even if you are only entering egg these also require a Declaration Form. There are two forms below, one for Avian influenza and one for Avian Influzena and Newcastle Disease. Either of these will be accepted. They are blank and can be used at any shows.
Please be aware that DEFRA could at any point require an updated Declaration Form and any participants will be informed as soon as Kent Poultry Club finds out about it.
Avian Influenza only Declaration Form:
Avian Influenza and Newcaslte Disease Declaration Form:
Outbreak of Newcastle disease in Belgium. The level of risk of the disease has been increased from low to medium. All poultry owners are urged to increase biosecurity and be aware of signs of the disease. Report any signs of the disease immediately to your private vet or APHA. The links at the bottom of this page can provide you with guidance and any symptoms to watch out for.
The latest updates on AI outbreaks across Europe
The latest update from DEFRA has put the whole of England as a Prevention Zone. This means that all poultry keepers, no matter how many birds you keep are required to follow the latest biosecurity precautions.
H5N6 has been found in wild birds in Dorset. An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone is currently in effect. Please check DEFRA website for all the latest updates and biosecurity that has to be followed. This is currently not affecting show outside this area.
Netherlands has confirmed an outbreak of H5N6 HPAI in 16,000 fattening ducks (4 weeks and 4 days old) in Flevoland region.
- The virus has been sequenced at the national reference laboratory and appears to be a reassortant between the H5N8 HPAI virus and a N6 LPAI virus, therefore may represent a new incursion into Europe.
- There is still a level of uncertainty around the source of disease and the zoonotic disease risk but it appears on preliminary analysis not to be closely related to the sporadic zoonotic H5N6 HPAI strains in East Asia.
- H5N8 HPAI continues to circulate in poultry in Italy and Bulgaria and some wild bird cases have been reported in Italy.
- The migration season is continuing and cold weather can drive the wild birds inland or closer to poultry farms.
- Vigilance is important at this time of year and we will be monitoring the situation. At present the risk level remains as Medium for an incursion in wild birds and low for poultry with good biosecurity.
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