Are you medium or large scale poultry producer in Aberdeenshire or Fife? Researchers at the James Hutton Institute are seeking views about biosecurity and avian influenza as part of a new project focusing on Aberdeenshire and Fife poultry producers. The research, funded by the Scottish Government, aims to shed light on views of biosecurity, the challenges producers face and how any future outbreaks should be managed - particularly in relation to the recent outbreaks of avian influenza in 2016/2017. The research involves an interview, lasting about an hour, at a time and place convenient for the interviewee. To get involved or for more information please contact Orla Shortall or Carol Kyle.
You can also read the report from a similar project, conducted in late 2016 and early 2017, which focused on smaller-flock or backyard poultry keepers. The report is available online and can be downloaded here: Understanding backyard poultry keepers and their attitudes to biosecurity: preliminary report
SRUC have also recently published their research into small/medium egg producers and 'backyard' keepers of poultry, which has highlighted to the Scottish Government that their engagement with both on disease prevention and biosecurity, needs to be improved.
Did you know that you can sign up for free information alerts about exotic notifiable disease in GB? Just quickly and easily register your details for the APHA Alerts Service to subscribe for disease alerts via email or SMS. You can specify which country (Scotland, England or Wales) you would like to receive updates about, and even which diseases you are specifically interested in.
If your poultry produce eggs, you need to be aware of how and when contamination could occur, and how to ensure they are safe to eat.