NFU welcomes housing measures to protect birds from avian influenza

First published: 01 November 2022

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The NFU is continuing to support its members through the onslaught of avian influenza and welcomes Defra’s announcement that new mandatory housing measures will be implemented in England from 7 November.

The news comes after the NFU held a roundtable meeting with Defra’s Biosecurity Minister, Lord Benyon, and Farming Minister, Mark Spencer MP, last week and stressed the need for national housing measures.

NFU poultry board chair James Mottershead said: “As poultry producers, the health and welfare of our birds is our number one priority, and these housing measures alongside the existing additional biosecurity requirements will help minimise the impact of avian influenza on the poultry sector.

“These measures apply to all poultry keepers, whether you have one hen in the garden or a large poultry business, and I urge everyone to remain vigilant.

“This is a really challenging time for the British poultry sector but producers are doing all they can to protect their birds and to maintain production of poultry meat and eggs, especially as we approach Christmas. 

“The NFU will continue to work with the government and the wider supply chain to minimise the impacts of avian influenza, both now and in the future.”

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The introduction of housing measures means that, in addition to housing all poultry and captive birds, keepers must take extra precautions to keep their flocks safe. This includes regular cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, clothing and vehicles, and limiting access to non-essential workers or visitors.