Further bird flu update

As you may be aware Low Pathogenicity Avian Influenza of the H5 strain has been confirmed in a commercial farm in Suffolk, England on Tuesday 10th December. A 1km restriction zone has been put in place to limit the risk of disease spread.

As a result of this a veterinary risk assessment for Northern Ireland has recommended the introduction of interim movement requirements for poultry and hatching eggs, ornamental fowl, racing pigeons and captive birds from Great Britain.

Importers are advised that the existing general licences relating to poultry and hatching eggs, ornamental fowl, racing pigeons and captive birds are being revoked and that new specific licensing arrangements for movements between Northern Ireland  and Great Britain  will be implemented with effect from noon today,  Friday 13 December 2019. Consignments currently in transit will be allowed to enter Northern Ireland with the documentation that was current at the time of export.

Anyone wishing to move birds in the categories referred to above or requiring further information should contact Veterinary Service Trade Section on 028 774 42096 or email tradeadminpost@daera-ni.gov.uk