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Bird flu restrictions lifted but stay vigilant warns chief vet

The country's chief veterinary officer Nigel Gibbens says there is a continuing need for vigilance following the lifting of bird flu restrictions in East Yorkshire today.

Around 6,000 ducks were culled on a farm at Nafferton, near Driffield, following the identification of the H5N8 bird flu last month. The Yorkshire outbreak was the first serious case of bird flu in the UK since 2008.

Exclusion zone lifted around Nafferton bird flu farm

The protection zone placed around a duck farm farm in East Yorkshire following a bird flu scare last month was lifted today.

The exclusion zone around the farm in Nafferton has been lifted Credit: Press Association

The area around the breeding farm in Nafferton, near Driffield, has been downgraded to a 'surveillance zone' by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

A six-mile exclusion zone came into effect on November 16, followed by the culling of around six thousand ducks in a bid to contain an outbreak of the disease.

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Exclusion zone at East Yorks duck breeding farm remains in place

The six mile excluson zone placed around a duck breeding farm in East Yorkshire after the discovery of bird flue on the premises two weeks ago is due to remain in place for at least another week.

Exclusion zone remains in place around East Yorkshire duck breeding farm Credit: Press Association

Experts from DEFRA say the zone, which bans movements of all poultry, products and waste within the area, must remain in place for at least another seven days despite the culling of six thousand ducks at the farm at Nafferton, near Driffield, was completed ten days ago.

Read: Culling of 6000 birds continues in Nafferton

15,000 eggs from bird flu duck farm destroyed

Around 15,000 eggs from a duck farm in East Yorkshire where strains of bird flu were found earlier this week have been destroyed.

They had been transferred to a hatchery in Lincolnshire but destroyed as a precaution.

In a statement DEFRA said:

This action has been taken as part of our tried and tested procedures for dealing with Avian Flu outbreaks in order to minimise the risk of disease spread.

– DEFRA spokesperson

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

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".

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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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