Isle of Wight Council

Trading Standards - Agriculture and Animals

Farmers and Livestock

Bird Flu Season 2022 to 2023

Bird Flu update: All poultry and captive birds in England ordered to be kept indoors from 7 November 2022

This means all bird keepers in England must:

  • Housing or netting all poultry and captive birds
  • Cleanse and disinfect clothing, footwear, equipment and vehicles before and after contact with poultry and captive birds - if practical, use disposable protective clothing
  • Reduce the  movement of people, vehicles or equipment to and from areas where poultry and captive birds are kept, to minimise contamination from manure, slurry and other produces, and use effective vermin control
  • Keep records of mortality, movement of poultry and poultry products and any changes in production
  • Thoroughly cleanse and disinfect housing on a continuous basis
  • Keep fresh disinfectant at the right concentration at all farm and poultry housing entry and exit points
  • Minimise direct and indirect contact between poultry and captive birds and wild birds, including making sure all feed and water is not accessible to wild birds
  • Prevent access by poultry to ponds and watercourses and ensure that birds are kept in fenced or enclosed areas

Further information can be found at:

Bird flu (avian influenza): how to spot it and report it - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Avian influenza: Housing order to be introduced across England - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Prevention Zone (AIPZ): the whole of England excluding Norfolk, Suffolk and parts of Essex (2022) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Bird flu (avian influenza): Biosecurity Advice - how to spot it and report it - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

Farmers and Livestock

Animal Health and Welfare section relates to disease control and welfare of farmed animals. We sit in the Trading Standards Service and are responsible for the enforcement of animal health and welfare legislation. Our aim is to prevent disease risks to both animal and human health. We can advise on:

  • record keeping requirements for livestock movements,
  • births and deaths,
  • livestock identification,
  • animal transport,
  • bio security,
  • disposal of animal by-products (including animal carcases)
  • animal health and disease control measures.

We work closely with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). 

Their website provides lots of helpful information: Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

DEFRA Alerts

Be aware of fraud

We will not call you or send you emails or texts asking you to confirm your personal details or payment information.

If you suspect an attempted fraud or feel you have been the subject of fraud, you can contact:

  • RPA’s Fraud Referral Team on 0800 347 347 or FraudInConfidence@rpa.gov.uk
  • Action Fraud (the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and cyber-crime) on 0300 123 2040

 

 On-farm animal welfare, this covers all aspects of welfare for all typical farmed species, including transport:

 

Code of Recommendations for Sheep

 

Code of Recommendations for Cattle

 

Code of Recommendations for Pigs

 

Biosecurity Advice:

 

Notifiable Disease:

If you suspect a notifiable livestock disease you must report it straight away to the Animal & Plant Health Agency: Contact APHA - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Further information can be found at Notifiable diseases in animals - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

 

Defra Approved Disinfectants:

 

Emergency Destruction & Independent Fallenstock Disposal:

In a case of emergency destruction please contact your private vet or alternatively contact 

  • Licensed Slaughterman, B Isaacson, telephone 07807 811040 (by captive bolt or free bullet)  

 

Home Slaughter: 
The home slaughter of livestock for you and your immediate family’s consumption is permissible.  You must not supply to anyone outside of your household.  You must comply with welfare regulations.

For complete guidance on the law please follow the links below:

 

Reporting Livestock Movements

Sheep & Goats:

 

Cattle:

 

Pigs:

 

African Swine Fever

This is an emerging threat in Europe and could decimate the pig production business in the UK. It is illegal to feed livestock catering waste and animal by products.

Please see the Government advice on what to look for, and what to do if you suspect African Swine Fever:

 

Avian influenza – (bird flu) - What you need to know and do

Updated November 2022

The latest information on Bird flu (avian influenza): how to spot it and report it - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

If you suspect a case of Avian Influenza contact DEFRA on 03459 33 55 77.

It is vital that anyone who keeps birds, (whether a few in the back garden or thousands on a commercial unit) is vigilant. 

All poultry keepers should:

  • Minimise movement in and out of bird enclosures,

  • clean footwear before and after visiting birds, using a Government approved disinfectant at entrances and exits,

  • clean and disinfect vehicles and equipment that have come into contact with poultry,

  • keep areas where birds live clean and tidy, and regularly disinfect hard surfaces such as paths and walkways,

  • humanely control rats and mice,

  • place birds’ food and water in fully enclosed areas protected from wild birds, and remove any spilled feed regularly,

  • keep birds separate from wildlife and wild waterfowl by putting suitable fencing around outdoor areas they access,

  • keep a close watch on birds for any signs of disease and report any very sick birds or unexplained deaths to your vet.

  • Poultry keepers who have 50 or more birds must register with Defra. Poultry (including game birds): registration rules and forms - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Contact us

If you require specific advice on this subject, please contact the Trading Standards Service for further assistance. Details can be found in our 'Contact' tab. You can either send an email message using the 'Send a message to this service' tab or telephone on the number provided.