Stark re­al­ity

Country Smallholding - - Inside This Month -

DANIEL ROBERTS worked in the poul­try in­dus­try for 15 years and, with the sup­port of a Nuffield Farming Schol­ar­ship, de­cided to in­ves­ti­gate how the UK would fare should avian in­fluenza (AI) hit once more. What he dis­cov­ered and writes up in his re­port, Liv­ing and Dy­ing with Avian In­fluenza (page 4), makes un­com­fort­able read­ing. “So far the UK has swiftly iso­lated and stamped out the small num­ber of out­breaks... but it is not a case of ‘if’, but ‘when’ the big one ar­rives on our shores,” he com­ments. Daniel sees one of the big­gest stum­bling blocks as low aware­ness and biose­cu­rity mea­sures among hobby keep­ers, but he has some sug­gested so­lu­tions, in­clud­ing in­volv­ing plan­ning author­i­ties in AI pre­ven­tion. Bill Smith hit the head­lines ear­lier this year when tri­alling the late, great speed de­mon Don­ald Camp­bell’s Blue­bird K7 af­ter a 15-year labour-of-love restora­tion. What is not so well known about Blue­bird’s re­mark­able saviour is that he is also a chicken lover — and two new ad­di­tions to his flock even made the trip to the Isle of Bute, along with Blue­bird. Read his ex­clu­sive and fas­ci­nat­ing story on page 6.

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