Agriculture Minister Edwin Putts has announced that the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) is in effect throughout Northern Ireland (NI) and the ban on poultry collection will end on 1 June 2022.

Measures that introduce a number of mandatory biosecurity measures for poultry were introduced on November 17, 2021. The aim of the AIPZ was to eliminate the risk of bird flu for the poultry sector and was a vital tool in protecting livestock throughout the Northern Empire from the disease circulating in wild birds.

Minister Putts said: “This season of bird flu has been the worst outbreak of all time in Northern Ireland and across the UK. imposed on bird guards, and allow the collection of birds from June 1. I am sure this will be good news for the sector, which contributes greatly to our economy and society as a whole.

“Although all mandatory restrictions have now been lifted, the biosecurity requirements set for AIPZ should still be considered good practice. We urge all bird keepers, whether they have several birds or thousands, to follow the instructions as much as possible. We do not. we want to lose the progress we have made over the last few months, because low risk certainly does not mean no risk.

“I would also recommend that all poultry farmers and captive bird keepers be vigilant for any signs of disease in their birds and seek the advice of a veterinarian immediately if they have any problems.”

All collections of birds and birds will be allowed from June 1, provided that the organizers comply with the provisions of the General License posted on the DAERA website.

Bird keepers can help prevent bird flu and other diseases by maintaining a high level of biosecurity in their premises. Instructions on biosecurity measures that you can take to prevent bird disease can be obtained from DAERA website.

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