A BREEDER AND SPECIALIST EDITOR
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