Scotland’s National Farmers Union has urged poultry farmers to up their biosecurity after a non-notifiable strain of low-path avian influenza was discovered on a free-range laying flock.
Authorities said early indications suggested the infection was most likely introduced to the farm by wild birds.
It is a pertinent time to remind all poultry keepers to adhere to the strict biosecurity requirements set out by the Scottish Government…” – NFU Scotland
It also appears to be the same low-path strain of avian influenza that has been found on farms in Northern Ireland, according to Scottish Government officials.
The infection has been dealt with, and all restrictions have been lifted from the farm.
A spokesperson for NFU Scotland said: “It is a pertinent time to remind all poultry keepers to adhere to the strict biosecurity requirements set out by the Scottish Government to ensure Scottish eggs are of the highest quality, health and safety standards.
“All the possible steps must be taken to ensure that poultry, and other captive birds, are protected against contact with wild birds.
“It is important to avoid the transfer of contamination into and between premises and to minimise the movement of people, vehicles and equipment to areas where captive birds are kept.
“Before allowing poultry or other captive birds to use a range after a period of housing, the range must be checked and any obvious contamination from wild birds must be removed.”