Continental Europe has seen outbreaks of the avian flu virus in recent weeks, reminiscent of last year.
This has led to calls from the Poultry chairman of the IFA, Nigel Renaghan, has called for poultry owners in the country to stay vigilant and urged them to watch out for wild birds.
“I'm asking all the free-range producers and the people with poultry in their backyards, to stay vigilant,” said Nigel.
“Watch out for wild birds and migrating birds. “, he warned.
Nigel warned those who do see wild birds in the area, to prevent them access to their own stock. Nigel says the situation is not as bad as when an outbreak was spotted in the UK and the IFA called for all poultry to be housed inside.
“It’s not that bad yet”, he said.
“There is only a certain amount of time you can keep them inside for, but we haven’t reached that point. There is no avian influenza in the UK yet.” said Nigel.
“Whenever we see it come into the UK that when we need to prepare. We are not just there yet. This time last year it was in the UK and it’s not there” he added.
“We are continuously on a high state of alert. Premium producers always have good biosecurity anyway and all we are doing is watching it develop on the continent and seeing how it progresses across Europe. We will base our decisions on how it progresses across Europe”, he concluded.