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

2020 season Awards final request today is the closing date 17th October.

The following claims are the best I have received up to midday Saturday
OLD BIRD CHANNEL SECTION FANCIER OF THE YEAR  2020
SECT      A      R  COREY                                 COALISLAND        VEL   1319.055 SECT      B      S  MURPHY                              MUCKAMORE       VEL   1303.265 SECT      C      D & J  CAMPBELL                     EASTWAY             VEL   1326.284 SECT      D      J  GREENAWAY                        HILLS & MAZE         VEL   1324.61 SECT      E      NO CLAIM RECEIVED SECT      F       McCARTAN & WOODSIDES    KILLYLEAGH & DIST  VEL 1252.642 SECT      G      NO CLAIM RECEIVED SECT      H      NO CLAIM RECEIVED  

OLD BIRD INLAND SECTION FANCIER OF THE YEAR   2020
SECTION     A        D CAROLAN                     COALISLAND            VEL  1396 SECTION     B        S & N  MAGINTY              MUCKAMORE           VEL  1423 SECTION     C        G & M ATCHESON           LIGONIEL                  VEL  1501 SECTION     D        P & J  BOAL                        DROMORE             VEL  1506 SECTION     E         NO CLAIM RECEIVED SECTION     F         NO CLAIM  RECEIVED SECTION    G          NO CLAIM RECEIVED SECTION     H         E McGETTIGAN               STRABANE                  VEL  1241

YOUNG BIRD  SECTION FANCIER OF THE YEAR  2020
SECTION    A            G & S SMITH            COOKSTOWN                      VEL    1338 SECTION    B             S  THOMPSON        CRUMLIN                                VEL  1357 SECTION    C            McMURRAY & ANDERSON    LIGONIEL                VEL  1412 SECTION    D            J   GREENAWAY       HILLS & MAZE                       VEL 1384 SECTION    E            E  &  M CURRAN       ARMAGH                       VEL  1381   SECTION    F            McCOMB   BROS     KILLYLEAGH CENTRAL    VEL 1319      SECTION    G           SANDS & RICE      BALLYHOLLAND                 VEL 1419        SECTION    H           S  EGLINGTON       COOKSTOWN                       VEL  1213

CHAMPION OLD AND YOUNG BIRD WILL BE SENT OUT TO MORROW MORNING TO BE JUDGED.

 ANY FURTHER CLAIMS OR OBJECIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY TO DAY.

NO CLAIMS WILL BE ACCEPTED TO MORROW  SUNDAY 18TH OCTOBER

ALL OUTSTANDING CUPS NOT YET RETURNED MUST BE IMMEDIATLEY
REGARDS Fred Russell  Secretary N.I.P.A.

PS. A FULL LIST OF THE CONFIRMED WINNERS WILL BE POSTED ON SITE TO MORROW  SUNDAY 18th OCTOBER.            

Outstanding Cups, Transport & Stationery payments 2020.


THE REMAINING CUPS MUST BE DELIVERED TO THE N.I.P.A. HEADQUARTERS BY SUNDAY  11TH OCTOBER 2020, THIS IS YOUR FINAL REQUEST FROM THE N.I.P.A.

F McCABE                                  NEWRY & DIST

D COYLE & SON                       COLERAINE PREMIER

R WILLIAMSON                       NEWRY & DIST

W J CHAMBERS                      NEWRY & DIST

P & M TRAVERS                      WHEATFIELD

D & J CAMPBELL                     EASTWAY

BLAIR & RANKIN                     BALLYMENA


ALSO THE LIST OF DEBTORS FOR CARRIAGE IS NOW WELL OVERDUE FOR PAYMENT, PLEASE ADVISE IF YOU HAVE ALREADY SENT YOUR CARRIAGE CHARGES IF NOT IT MUST BE PAID BY SUNDAY THE 11TH OCTOBER.


ALSO YOUR CLUB INVOICE WHICH YOUR SECRETARY HAS NOW RECEIVED  APPROX 25% HAVE RETURNED THEIR CHEQUES . TODAY WEDNESDAY ONLY TWO RECEIVED VERY DISAPPOINTING, IF YOU HAVE NO QUERIES PLEASE FORWARD YOUR CLUB CHEQUE IMMEDIATLEY AND THIS MUST BE RECEIVED BY SUNDAY 11TH OCTOBER
REGARDS

FRED RUSSELL SECRETARY N.I.P.A.