Press release from R.P.R.A. on Brexit requirements for import or export of pigeons.

I am aware of a communication circulating on social media that outlines the possible difficulty of importing and exporting pigeons to and from the UK, post Brexit. For a number of months I have been following guidance issued by DEFRA the APHA and reviewing the relevant EU regulations to assess the impact on Channel racing. While there seem to be potential issues OF increased paperwork/health certification relating to the permanent import of pigeons from EU countries i.e importing a pigeon purchased from a fancier on the continent; the impact and requirements for the transportation of pigeons for sporting purposes may be very different. Guidance previously issued by DEFRA/APHA that includes reference to the requirements for transporting racing pigeons to the continent for sporting purposes has been interpreted in a way that requires far less documentation compared to the permanent import or export of pigeons. However, this interpretation is awaiting confirmation from DEFRA and APHA and with this in mind I had in initial conversation with DEFRA in December 2020 and requested a more detailed conversation in relation to this aspect this month after the Brexit deal had been finalised. Hopefully this meeting will go ahead this month and result in clarification and guidance specific for the transportation of pigeons for racing purposes. In the meantime there is reason to be positive. An update will be issued as soon as possible

Ian Evans CEO

N.I.P.A. Trophies and Diplomas 2020.

THE N.I.P.A. TROPHIES AND DIPLOMAS AWARDED IN THE 2020 SEASON ARE NOW READY FOR COLLECTION FROM THE OFFICE.
IF YOU WISH TO HAVE ANY SECTION DIPLOMAS FRAMED  PLEASE ADVISE  THE COST  IS £8.00 EACH
PLEASE MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH MYSELF SO WE CAN AGREE A TIME FOR COLLECTION
PLEASE WEAR MASKS AND GLOVES
AT THE MOMENT I HAVE A MEETING TO ATTEND ON THURSDAY 17TH AT 2.00 PM

REGARDS FRED 

Avian Influenza update 1st December 2020.

As discussed during our meeting last week, an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) will be introduced in Northern Ireland (NI) from 00.01 on 1 December .

The AIPZ places a legal requirement on all bird keepers in NI to follow strict biosecurity measures.  This applies if you keep pet birds, commercial flocks or just a few birds in a backyard or hobby flock.

The decision to introduce an AIPZ follows the detection of highly pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N8 (HPAI H5N8) in five wild birds across NI in recent weeks.  Further cases of AI have been detected in over 100 wild birds across Great Britain with five cases of the H5N8 strain being confirmed in commercial premises in England. There have also been three reported cases in wild birds in the Republic of Ireland where similar measures are also being introduced on 1 December.

The measures in the AIPZ are a legal requirement for all bird keepers and include stringent, mandatory biosecurity measures to help prevent the spread of the disease from wild birds, or another source, to poultry, including:

  • a ban on bird gatherings
  • a requirement that poultry or other captive birds are provided with food and water to which wild birds have no access,
  • avoiding transfer of contamination between premises by cleansing and disinfecting equipment, vehicles and footwear;
  • separating wild waterfowl (ducks and geese) from domestic species; and
  • reducing the movement of people, vehicles or equipment to and from areas where poultry or captive birds are kept

Full details of measures required within the AIPZ can be found in the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone declaration here: www.daera-ni.gov.uk/publications/avian-influenza-prevention-zone-declaration-0

If you haven’t already done so, it would be appreciated if you would encourage all your members to complete the biosecurity self-assessment checklist which is now available on the DAERA website Click here.  The checklist will assist all keepers in assuring themselves on the level of biosecurity on their premises over this high risk period and ensure that they are complying with the mandatory measures required within the AIPZ.

The required risk mitigation measures should be considered as the minimum necessary. All keepers are encouraged to exceed this where possible. The completed form should be retained and revisited periodically to ensure the measures deployed remain effective.

Further guidance can be found at the following links

Avian Influenza Prevention Zone Q&A | Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (daera-ni.gov.uk)

AIPZ Guidance | Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (daera-ni.gov.uk)

Thank you for your ongoing support with proactive messaging regarding vigilance, early reporting of suspected disease and importance of maintaining good biosecurity measures during this crucial period.

Thank you in advance for your support.

2020 N.I.P.A. DIPLOMA’S

ALL 2020 DIPLOMAS HAVE NOW BEEN PRINTED AND DELIVERED TO THE N.I.P.A. OFFICE.

IF YOU HAVE WON AN N.I.P.A. OPEN DIPLOMA OR AVERAGE  AWARD YOUR DIPLOMA IS AUTOMATICALLY FRAMED FOR YOU.

IF YOU HAVE WON ANY N.I.P.A. SECTION DIPLOMA THESE AWARDS ARE NOT FRAMED AND IF YOU WISH TO RECEIVE THEM FRAMED PLEASE FORWARD A CHEQUE MADE PAYABLE TO THE N.I.P.A. FOR £8.00 FOR EACH DIPLOMA.

Regards F C RUSSELL   SECRETARY  N.I.P.A.

Avian Influenza Informative 12th November.

Further to the two confirmed poultry cases last week  of LPAI H5N2 in Kent and HPAI H5N8 in Cheshire there has been a further H5N8 (awaiting pathogenicity) confirmation in poultry in Herefordshire and three  confirmed cases in wild birds across England.

The risk level in Great Britain for an Avian Influenza incursion into wild birds has been increased from medium to high with the risk to poultry increasing from low to medium.

As a result an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) is being introduced today (11 November 2020) across Great Britain due to the increase in risk level to poultry. The Great Britain AIPZ  introduces stringent biosecurity measures for all bird keepers (including those who keep pet birds) to help prevent the spread of avian influenza from wild birds or any other source. Mandatory housing is not included in the controls at this stage however will be kept under review.

The risk level in Northern Ireland remains at medium for wild birds with the risk to poultry at low. Crucially this is dependent on biosecurity levels on individual sites.

As a result we are not recommending the introduction of an AIPZ in Northern Ireland at this stage however we will continue to monitor developments in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland.

I would continue to urge all poultry keepers to critically review their biosecurity arrangements (advice and further information available here) and business continuity plans.

Thank you for your ongoing support with proactive messaging regarding vigilance, early reporting of suspected disease and importance of maintaining biosecurity.

Thank you in advance for your support.

R.P.R.A. press release 27th October 2020.

There is information circulating on social media regarding EU regulation 2016/429. This regulation that is relevant to the transport of animals has been in force since 2016. However, the concerns raised in the posts relate to supplementary requirements EU regulation 2020/688 that comes into force in 2021 – In particular the interpretation that the relevant article requiring animals to be ‘quarantined’ for 21 days after attending sporting events in other EU countries.

In the case of pigeon racing this would mean quarantined within the loft. This is obviously unworkable and would be detrimental to pigeon racing all over Europe. The RPRA has already approached DEFRA and the APHA to seek clarification. In addition other European racing organisation have contacted their Government departments.

This issue has also been raised with the FCI. The EU has a long history of recognising pigeon racing as a historic and cultural activity that requires a different approach to transportation, disease control and animal transport in general. We are positive that any issue that may result from the new regulation will be clarified as soon as possible and discussions opened; in order to reach a position that facilitates our requirements as a cultural activity.

Ian Evans CEO