UK: thousands more slaughtered in sixth farm bird flu culling
Yet another cull is underway at a sixth poultry farm
in Suffolk as nearly 70,000 birds are culled in an effort to control the
outbreak of bird flu in the country.
According to Defra officials, the latest cull - more than double the number
of birds slaughtered than the other five culls
combined - is a precautionary measure and
falls within the existing surveillance zone. The move comes along with fears
that workers at the farm have travelled to other farms that are deemed a bird flu
risk. This farm supplied poultry to the farm at the
centre of the outbreak.
This cull will see the slaughter of approx. 68,000 birds including 56,000
ducks, 9,000 turkeys and 3,000 geese. A 3km protection zone and 10km
surveillance zone were immediately set up, and remain in place.
A spokeswoman at Defra has stated that the farm is owned by the same
company that operates Redgrave Park Farm near Diss, on the Norfolk-Suffolk
border, where the virus was first detected earlier this month.
Previous culls - test results
On 21 November it was reported that turkeys culled at two other farms
(Stone House, in West Harling, and Bridge Farm, in Pulham, both in Norfolk) over
fears they had been exposed to the disease tested negative.
Another of the farms, Grove Farm, Botesdale, Suffolk was upgraded to a
slaughter site on suspicion of having the disease last week, after dozens of
birds were found dead by officials. However, initial tests on 5,500 turkeys
slaughtered found the premises were free of disease.
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