Information on current notifiable disease restrictions affecting livestock in the East Riding.
Outbreaks of Avian Influenza have been confirmed in poultry in England and Wales during winter 2016/2017. Avian Influenza has also been found in the wild bird population, meaning the risk of a further disease outbreak across the country remains high.
The East Riding of Yorkshire remains within the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone. All poultry keepers continue to be required by law to take a range of enhanced biosecurity precautions and other measures to protect their birds from disease spread by wild birds. This includes, including minimising movement in and out of bird enclosures, cleaning footwear, keeping areas where birds live clean and tidy and feeding birds indoors. Poultry keepers with over 500 birds must also continue to implement the additional biosecurity measures introduced on 28th February. These requirements will remain in place until 30th April 2017.
From 13th April 2017, all poultry and captive birds can be allowed managed access to fully fenced outdoor / range areas.
DEFRA have produced detailed advice on the prevention zone requirements from 28th February 2017, including the measures required to enable access to ranges:
Defra - Bird flu prevention zone rules - 28th February 2017 (pdf 1.80MB opens in new window)
The latest information on Avian Influenza and guidance on how to fulfil the requirements of the zone can be found on the DEFRA web pages (opens in new window) or telephone the DEFRA helpline on 03459 335577 or the council's Animal Health team on 01482 393939.
The maintenance of strict biosecurity procedures will minimise the risk of infection, whilst remaining vigilant for signs of disease and reporting suspicions immediately.
Further information on bio-security and the signs of disease can be found on the DEFRA pages on the GOV.UK website:
GOV.UK - Controlling disease in farm animals (external website)
DEFRA have produced a factsheet on how to keep birds safe from Avian Influenza (bird flu):
Bird flu factsheet (pdf 714kb opens in new window)
There is also specific guidance on biosecurity and welfare for captive birds in prevention zones:
Captive birds biosecurity preventing disease (pdf 386kb opens in new window)
If you notice signs of any notifiable disease in your livestock, you must report them immediately to your local Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) office.
The East Riding is in the APHA North Region and can be contacted on:
Telephone: 03000 200 301
More information about notifiable diseases in animals can be found on the DEFRA pages on the GOV.UK website:
GOV.UK - Notifiable diseases in animals (external website)