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NFU urge farmers to 'remain vigilant' after avian influenza in Yorkshire

The National Farmers' Union has urged poultry producers to remain vigilant following a case of avian influenza discovered at a duck farm in Yorkshire.

“Clearly, this is an issue the industry and consumers have been following and it is vital that the NFU represents the interests and the views of its members.

Some of the issues we have been working on for those farmers within the restriction zones, include ensuring producers can obtain licences as soon as possible so businesses can operate as normal.

In the meantime, we would urge all poultry producers to remain vigilant and continue with their ongoing on-farm hygiene and biosecurity measures. Anyone who suspects that their birds might be ill should inform their local vet as soon as possible."

– NFU poultry chairman Duncan Priestner

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Culling of six thousand birds continues in Nafferton

The culling of around six thousand ducks is continuing today as part of measures to contain an outbreak of bird flu.

Signs warning of the restriction zone in Nafferton Credit: PA

A six mile exclusion zone has been placed around the breeding farm in Nafferton near Driffield.

Experts have confirmed it's the same strain that's also been found in the Netherlands and Germany, but have stressed that the risk to public health is "very low".

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Duck cull begins after bird flu discovery in East Yorkshire

The culling of six thousand ducks has begun on a farm in East Yorkshire to try and contain an outbreak of bird flu.

Experts have confirmed it's the same strain that's also been found in the Netherlands and Germany, but have stressed again that the risk to public health is "very low".

Frazer Maude reports

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Jungle Jen completes seven day Amazon adventure

Jen Adair from Harrogate has just completed 284km seven day challenge through the toughest terrain of the Amazonian jungle.

Jen Adair from Harrogate Credit: Alex Beer

But only two years ago Jen was undergoing a 10 hour operation on her back for scoliosis, a curvature of the spine, and was in so much agony she had to take a huge cocktail of painkillers every day.

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'Christmas turkeys safe from bird flu', experts claim

Assurances that the current bird flu outbreak will not affect the supply of turkeys for Christmas dinners around the country have been made today by UK farming experts.

Andrew Large, chief executive of the British Poultry Council, said: "The current outbreak has a 10km restriction zone and this will have no impact on the supply of turkeys for the festive period."

British turkeys Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The poultry adviser for the National Farmers' Union, Gary Ford, added: "Farmers are working extremely hard at this time of year to prepare for the Christmas market and consumers can be reassured that buying British poultry (chickens, turkeys, ducks) is safe."

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More bird flu cases could emerge in the UK, expert warns

British farmers should prepare themselves for the possibility that more bird flu cases could emerge in the coming days.

Keith Warner, president of the British Veterinary Poultry Association, issued a warning ahead of today's duck cull at East Yorkshire's Nafferton farm.

Staff put up a no entry sign on a farm in Nafferton, East Yorkshire, where measures to prevent the spread of bird flu are under way Credit: Steve Parkin/PA Wire

He said: "Everybody in the UK that owns birds in any number should be on biosecurity lockdown."

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