British poultry register tops 250m birds
Great Britain's Poultry Register now has over 250
million birds. The register was introduced last year as part of DEFRA's
programme to help reduce the impact of an avian influenza outbreak.
During the first year of the register 23,791 premises signed up, totalling
In England, Scotland and Wales poultry keepers must
by law if they own or are responsible for poultry premises with 50
or more birds. Poultry keepers with less than 50 birds are encouraged to
Poultry keepers are required to notify DEFRA of any significant changes in
their birds, to keep the register fully up-to-date. In 2006, the register
allowed DEFRA to communicate directly with poultry keepers, quickly and
Identifying where poultry are kept means that if a disease outbreak occurs,
resources can be targeted where they are most needed. The database will be
another safeguard to help identify an outbreak and limit its spread.
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