Welsh Government lifts ban on chicken and turkey gatherings

Welsh Government lifts ban on chicken and turkey gatherings

Dr Richard Irvine, Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales, has announced the Welsh Government has lifted the ban on gatherings of Galliforme birds such as pheasants, chickens and turkeys.

Gatherings of Galliforme birds such as chickens, turkeys and pheasants will now be permitted, as long as organisers meet the requirements of a general licence.

A ban on poultry gatherings was introduced to help spread of the disease and protect flocks in November 2021. After more than two years of not allowing gatherings, the second part of 2023 saw fewer Infected Premises and findings in wild birds. There have been no Infected Premises in Wales since April 2023.

According to the Government, the risk levels are still considered too high for gatherings of Anseriforme birds.

From February, Galliforme bird keepers arranging a fair, market, show, exhibition or other gatherings will be required to follow and meet all requirements of a general licence.

Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales, Dr Richard Irvine said: “Poultry keepers have worked hard to protect their birds from the risks of avian influenza by implementing strong biosecurity and other measures, and I want to thank them again for all they have done.

“I am pleased we are now able to allow gatherings of Galliforme birds to resume. This is a welcome development, enabled by the support and cooperation of the poultry sector.

“This means, from today, gatherings of all types of birds, except Anseriforme birds, will be permitted across Wales, provided keepers follow and meet all the requirements of the general licence.

“This does not mean the risk of avian influenza has disappeared. Scrupulous hygiene and biosecurity are essential to protect flocks from the threat of disease, and it is important bird keepers continue to complete the biosecurity self-assessment checklist.

“All of our mitigation measures, including restrictions on bird gatherings, are kept under constant review, to help ensure the national flock is protected.”

Previous / Next posts...

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *