Tighter AI biosecurity urged for the industry in Scotland

Poultry producers in Scotland have been urged to review their contingency plans concerning Avian Influenza (AI), following the confirmation of the AI outbreak in Lincolnshire.

“The arrival of H5N8 in the UK highlights how essential it is that bird keepers comply with the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone, as well as maintaining excellent biosecurity on their premises,” said Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy and Connectivity, Fergus Ewing (pictured above).

Scotland’s Chief Veterinary Officer, Sheila Voas, added: “The fact that H5N8 has been detected in housed turkeys highlights the importance of biosecurity.

“We know that H5N8 is circulating in wild birds, and simply moving your birds indoors may not be enough to protect them if your biosecurity is not sufficient.  Businesses should also review their contingency plans in case of an outbreak.

“Guidance on biosecurity and preventing disease within the Prevention Zone is available through the gov.scot website.

“I would also strongly urge keepers to discuss their specific arrangements with their private vets, or local Animal Plant and Health Agency office, who are best placed to provide practical advice.  Keepers who are concerned about the health or welfare of their flock should seek veterinary advice immediately.”

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