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Protecting UK’s Native Poultry from Avian Influenza with DEFRA-Approved Disinfectants

The threat of avian influenza is looming larger than ever over the United Kingdom, putting not just the poultry industry at risk but also impacting the conservation of native bird species and rare pig breeds. A recent report by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, highlighted in a detailed article by The Guardian, has brought to light the devastating impact of bird flu that originated in poultry farms in Asia and has since made its way to our shores.

The latest watchlist from the Rare Breeds Survival Trust underscores a critical situation: all of the UK’s native poultry breeds, including chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys, are under significant threat from avian influenza. This epidemic threatens not only the biodiversity of these breeds but also the livelihoods of farmers who rely on these animals for their economic stability.

Native breeds are vital to local ecosystems and economies. They are adapted to local conditions and contribute to the ecological balance by maintaining soil health and controlling pests. The loss of these breeds would not only reduce genetic diversity but also impact the rural economies that depend on them for high-quality, sustainable products.

Similarly, native pig breeds such as the Berkshire and Tamworth are experiencing sharp declines, exacerbated by rising feed and husbandry costs. This economic strain is making it increasingly difficult for farmers to sustain these traditional breeds, posing a risk to the diversity of the UK’s livestock.

These troubling trends highlight the urgent need for targeted conservation efforts and support for these irreplaceable breeds. Ensuring the survival of native poultry and pig breeds is crucial to preserving the UK’s agricultural heritage and supporting rural communities. Immediate action from all stakeholders is necessary to address these challenges.

“Avian influenza, or bird flu, is officially classified as a notifiable disease in the UK, mandating immediate reporting of any suspected cases to the authorities. This critical status reflects the serious risk it poses to both poultry health and public safety.”

Effective management through rapid response and ongoing surveillance is essential. This not only protects the poultry industry but also mitigates potential risks to human health. Monitoring for new strains is crucial for early detection and containment, helping safeguard both public health and poultry populations.

The Role of DEFRA-Approved Disinfectants

One of the most effective ways to combat the spread of avian influenza on farms and in rural communities is through the use of disinfectants that have been approved by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA). SANI-99™ for AGRI, a product highlighted for its efficacy and safety, stands out as a DEFRA-approved disinfectant specifically formulated to combat pathogens like the avian influenza virus.

Why Choose SANI-99™ for AGRI?

  • Effectiveness: SANI-99™ for AGRI has been rigorously tested and proven to kill viruses and other pathogens that threaten poultry health.
  • Safety: It is designed to be safe for use around animals and humans, ensuring that it can be used extensively without harmful effects.
  • Compliance: Using a DEFRA-approved product like SANI-99™ for AGRI ensures compliance with biosecurity regulations, helping farmers avoid penalties and contribute to national disease control efforts.

It’s imperative for poultry farmers, biosecurity officers, and all stakeholders involved in the care and management of livestock to take immediate action. By integrating SANI-99™ for AGRI into your daily biosecurity routine, you can protect your flocks from the devastating impact of avian influenza and help safeguard the agricultural heritage of the UK.

The battle against avian influenza is not just about protecting the present; it’s about securing the future of our native breeds and the rural economies that depend on them. We must act swiftly and decisively, using the best tools and resources at our disposal. SANI-99™ for AGRI offers a robust defence against a formidable threat, providing peace of mind for farmers and conservationists alike.

Further Reading

To read more about the impact of avian influenza on UK’s poultry and the full report from the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, visit The Guardian article.

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