Newcastle Disease

The Society has been informed by DEFRA that following a number of outbreaks of a virulent strain of Newcastle Disease in small poultry flocks, commercial layers and other capitive birds in Belgium, Luxemburg and the Netherlands the risk of a disease outbreak in the UK has been raised from Low to Medium (meaning “outbreak likely to occur”).

Although the risk has increased, government has advised that shows and gatherings can still take place subject to increased vigilance and rigid compliance with a bio-security plan, as required by the current General Licence. As an added precaution DEFRA is advising organisers of gatherings and shows to require all exhibitors and participants to complete and sign a declaration, confirming that birds at the event have not been outside of the UK within the last 21 days. Also that none of the birds are showing signs of, or been in contact with birds showing any clinical signs of Newcastle Disease.

This will result in the BS Club Show being unable to allow any birds from outwith the UK to be shown at the forthcoming show on 29th and 30th September, 2018 unless these conditions are relaxed before the show date. Entries for the show close on Tuesday 18th September, 2018. A declaration form will be sent to all exhibitors with their cage labels and this should be completed and brought to show when benching the birds.

The Society apologises to its regular exhibitors from Eire, Holland, Belgium, France and other countries for this inconvenience and we are sure you will understand that this situation is entirely outwith our control.

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