The Organic Food Federation
Pig and Poultry Derogation Extension
We are pleased to confirm the following exceptional circumstances have been extended to 31 December 2018 relating to poultry and pigs:
Pullets: Under certain conditions and when organic reared pullets are not available, non organically reared pullets for egg production of not more than 18 weeks may be brought into an organic livestock unit. The period of application of the exceptional production rules for using non organically reared pullets for egg production of not more than 18 weeks is extended.
Feed: Pig and Poultry Species: Organic protein supply has not been available in sufficient quality and quantity to meet the nutritional requirements of pigs and poultry raised on organic farms. The period of the exceptional possibility of using a maximum of 5% non organic protein feed has been extended
Avian Influenza 18.01.18
You may wish to be aware the Defra have confirmed Avian Influenza in wild birds found dead in Warwickshire. This follows confirmation of H5N6 in wild birds in Dorset last week. In response to the latest findings Defra have declared an Avian Influenza prevention zone covering all of England, which replaces the localised zone on the south coast declared last week. Within the English zone enhanced biosecurity measures for bird keepers are required- this does not currently include mandatory housing of poultry. Further information is available in the Defra press release.
There are no restrictions in force in Scotland at present. The risk level for an Avian Influenza incursion in Scotland remains at 'medium' for wild birds and 'low' for domestic poultry and other captive birds, provided good biosecurity is in place. The Scottish Government is continuing to monitor the situation across the UK and the rest of Europe carefully. Further information, including advice on biosecurity and details of how to report dead wild birds, can be found at http://www.gov.scot/avianinfluenza
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