∗∗ 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 not only are followed at our show but by all shows.
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.
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 the KPC.
Declaration forms are mandatory for all shows. The completed form must be hand in before your birds are inspected before you enter the hall. Even if you are only entering egg these also require declaration form. The below declaration form is the latest form which included both Avian Influenza and Newcastle Disease, older forms will not be accepted.
The KPC will not accept any declaration forms that are sent in the post with your entries so please make sure you bring them on the show day.
Below is a blank declaration form that you can print and use for shows. Please make sure that you fill in the event at the top.
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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