All remaining Avian Influenza (AI) surveillance zones across Northern Ireland, were lifted on 22 January, it was announced by agriculture minister Edwin Poots, meaning there are no longer any local movement restrictions.
Poultry producers in the region welcomed the news. UFU deputy president William Irvine said, “It highlights the good work of our producers across NI who tightened their biosecurity with immediate effect, to protect their own flock and the entire industry. Having the surveillance zones lifted will make a huge difference, simplifying the daily movement of poultry goods throughout NI.
“It is important however, that poultry keepers remain vigilant as AI has not disappeared completely and a risk is still very present until the end of spring. Tight biosecurity must remain in place, all flocks including backyard flocks must be housed, and should producers suspect any disease among their flock, they should contact their vet or local divisional veterinary office immediately.”