NFU urges vigilance following bird flu incident

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has urged poultry producers to remain vigilant after avian influenza was discovered at a duck farm in Yorkshire

The bird flu, found at Cherry Valley Foods in Nafferton, East Yorkshire, was confirmed to be the highly contagious H5N8 strain.

Despite the NFU calling the outbreak a “bird health issue”, with the strain causing a low risk to humans, it has called on the industry to remain on high alert and to continue with ongoing on-farm hygiene and biosecurity measures.

The NFU said it was continuing to work with government and the wider industry to minimise the impacts of the bird flu, and was ensuring members were up-to-date with day-to-day developments.

“Clearly, this is an issue the industry and consumers have been following and it is vital that the NFU represents the interests and the views of its members.

“Some of the issues we have been working on, for those farmers within the restriction zones, include ensuring producers can obtain licences as soon as possible, so businesses can operate as normal,” said NFU poultry board chairman Duncan Priestner.

“In the meantime, we would urge all poultry producers to remain vigilant... Anyone who suspects their birds might be ill should inform their local vet as soon as possible,” he added.

Check out our interactive timeline of the incident here

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