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Avian Influenza Update for Bird Keepers

In response to multiple confirmed reports of highly pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N8 the Scottish Government has declared all of Scotland an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone.

All poultry and captive birds must be kept indoors, or otherwise kept separate from wild birds.

These measures will now be in place until the 28 February 2017.

Please find guidance about this from the Animal and Plant  Health  Agency.

All bird keepers must now take biosecurity steps to minimise direct and indirect contact between poultry and wild birds. These steps should include;

  • making sure that feed and water can’t be accessed by wild birds
  • taking all reasonable precautions to avoid the transfer of contamination between premises, including cleansing and disinfection of equipment, vehicles and footwear
  • reducing the movement of people, vehicles or equipment to and from areas where poultry or captive birds are kept
  • implementing effective vermin control programmes around buildings where poultry or captive birds are kept
  • thoroughly cleansing and disinfecting housing and equipment at the end of a production cycle
  • keeping Defra-approved disinfectant at the right concentration at key points such as farm entrances and entrances to bird houses

Backyard flocks

All poultry and captive birds, including backyard flocks, must be housed or, where it is not practicable to do so, kept separate from wild birds, to comply with the legal requirements of the Prevention Zones.

Farms and Animal Movement

We visit farms to check that the health of livestock is maintained. We check movement control records that are kept so that any animals can be quickly traced in the event of an outbreak of serious notifiable disease such as foot and mouth or swine fever.

West Dunbartonshire Council is home to many farms, animal transporters and other types of animal holdings.

The animal health team enforces laws made to protect the safety of meat that is for sale.  The laws that we enforce deal with the safety of animal feedstuffs, animal disease control and the removal of dead farmed animals from farm land. We give advice and assistance to farmers and animal transporters so that they can comply with these laws.

If you keep farmed animals or pigs, even if they are not kept on a farm you must register with Animal Health & Veterinary Laboratories Agency .You can find help and guidance on how to do this on the Scottish Government website.

Along with the Animal Health & Veterinary Laboratories Agency we monitor animal health and welfare on farms and during transport. This means that we can prevent the spread of disease.

If you come across a dead farmed animal or have a concern or a questions about farmed animals, you should contact Trading Standards by telephone on 01389 728 552 or by email.