Rural – Jersey Country Life Magazine

GOVERNMENT LIFTS BIRD FLU RESTRICTIONS AFTER NO NEW OUTBREAKS

All bird flu restrictions will be lifted in Jersey from Thursday 13 October, following no new outbreaks in the past six weeks. 

A Prevention Zone was introduced on the Island on 7 September, requiring all keepers islandwide to house their poultry, increase their biosecurity measures, and prevent the movement of birds off-premises without a licence. 

It followed two outbreaks at separate locations in quick succession. While the legal requirements will end at 00:01 on Thursday 13 October 2022, the States Veterinary team are still encouraging keepers to separate their flocks from wild birds wherever possible and to maintain high levels of biosecurity. 

All imported birds still need to be housed for a minimum of 30 days on arrival, and importers need to submit a housing and biosecurity plan with their application. 

Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer, Caroline Terburgh, said: ‘With no recent outbreaks, and after discussions with UK avian influenza virologists, the time is right for us to lift the formal housing order and Prevention Zone restrictions. Reports of dead seabirds have vastly decreased, but I’m keen to emphasise we cannot be complacent and that we may have to return to mandatory housing if cases rise again, as they currently are in parts of England.

‘We’d like to reiterate our thanks to birdkeepers for their efforts to date, which have undoubtedly helped stop bird flu from spreading further. We appreciate that many keepers have gone to great length and expense to build housing for domestic birds, and this will not have gone to waste. You have kept your birds safe and any person keeping animals should have contingency plans in place for disease outbreaks. 

‘I really want to encourage continued separation from wild birds as much as possible, even though no longer compulsory. We’re calling on keepers to remain vigilant, and to continue thinking carefully about where they’re placing food, water, litter and bedding.’

Advice on biosecurity measures and other supporting information is available on www.gov.je/birdflu 

Share:

Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
LinkedIn

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.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

Latest News

Rural Post Sign Up

Join our mailing list and stay up to date with the latest news.

* indicates required

Crosby Media and Publishing Ltd will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing. Please let us know all the ways you would like to hear from us:


You can change your mind at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in the footer of any email you receive from us, or by contacting us at alasdair.crosby@ruraljersey.co.uk. We will treat your information with respect. For more information about our privacy practices please visit our website. By clicking below, you agree that we may process your information in accordance with these terms.

We use Mailchimp as our marketing platform. By clicking below to subscribe, you acknowledge that your information will be transferred to Mailchimp for processing. Learn more about Mailchimp's privacy practices here.

Related Posts

REGENERATION

Last September, a new farming and community event took place, concerned with the regeneration of farming and the rural community spirit. ALASDAIR CROSBY reprises this

Read More »

THE JERSEY WAY

Words matter…and it’s not too late to reclaim the true meaning of ‘the Jersey Way’. By our guest contributor, the Jersey Evening Post’s former editor,

Read More »