A BREEDER AND SPE­CIAL­IST ED­I­TOR

Your Chickens - - Chickpix | Your photos - Grant Br­ere­ton

Grant is a poul­try breeder and the ed­i­tor of Fancy Fowl magazine aimed par­tic­u­larly at poul­try keep­ers breeding for ex­hi­bi­tion. Grant said it is vi­tal all poul­try keep­ers are fully aware of the biose­cu­rity mea­sures put in place by DE­FRA, but more im­por­tantly how peo­ple will be af­fected in the event of any out­break of the dis­ease in their area.

“Many poul­try keep­ers aren’t aware of who is their con­trol­ling ABOVE: Birds con­tained in a barn

Photo: Char­lotte Popescu body, or which or­gan­i­sa­tions are com­mu­ni­cat­ing and work­ing to­gether to pro­tect their pre­cious strains of pure-breed poul­try in the event of any cull,” he said.

“Many of th­ese strains are ir­re­place­able, with some be­ing over 40 years old. It would no doubt be heart­break­ing for any poul­try keeper to be the sub­ject of a gov­ern­ment cull; many poul­try fanciers have ded­i­cated their whole lives to the hobby. Many of th­ese old blood­lines are a life­time’s work.

“The gen­eral feel­ing is one of un­cer­tainty, but the rel­e­vant bod­ies are all work­ing hard to get the right in­for­ma­tion out there for poul­try keep­ers, and to al­lay any fears and pro­tect our pre­cious pure breeds.”

The gen­eral feel­ing is one of un­cer­tainty, but the rel­e­vant bod­ies are all work­ing hard to get the right in­for­ma­tion out there for poul­try keep­ers

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