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The Gov­ern­ment’s Chief Vet has made a di­rect ap­peal to Coun­try Small­hold­ing read­ers to help beat bird flu this win­ter.

Pro­fes­sor Nigel Gibbens says the dis­ease still poses a threat, and we have to be pre­pared for the pos­si­bil­ity it may re­turn this win­ter as mi­grat­ing birds travel here from the Con­ti­nent.

“Read­ers have been on the front line in re­duc­ing the spread of this dis­ease, and may well need to be again in the com­ing months,” he said.

“We can­not say how likely the dis­ease is to re­turn this win­ter but we have to be pre­pared for the pos­si­bil­ity – par­tic­u­larly as we know that it is trans­mit­ted via mi­gra­tory wild birds, which will re­turn later this year.

“There are a num­ber of ac­tions you can take now to pro­tect their birds as best as pos­si­ble for the com­ing win­ter. Above all, it is im­por­tant to try to avoid con­tact be­tween poul­try and wild birds.” * See pages 18-21 in Poutry for the full ar­ti­cle by Pro­fes­sor Gibbens.

Read­ers have been on the front line in re­duc­ing the spread of this dis­ease

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