Following the announcement of bird flu in the UK Irish farmers are now on high alert.
A farm in Lincolnshite was confirmed to have a strain of the H5N8 strain of the virus which has devasted parts of France in recent weeks and placed that country in a ‘high risk’ area.
The birds involved in the case are free range turkeys.
As previously warned by IFA poultry chairman Nigel Renaghan Irish farmers may now need to keep their birds indoors at all times due to the spread of the disease by migratory wild birds. Speaking with That’s Farming last week Renaghan had advised caution but that if an outbreak occurred in the UK the threat to Ireland would be very real.
The last outbreak of bird flu in Ireland was in 2012.
The H5N8 strain is just one of the many strains of bird flu.