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ACMC Tip of the Month: Movement Restrictions Impact Multi-Species Sites

5 December 2014, at 10:21am

UK - The recent outbreak of avian influenza in Yorkshire highlights the unexpected consequences of running multi-species sites, says ACMC veterinary consultant Paul Thompson.

Within the 10 km surveillance zone, pig producers have initially been unable to move their pigs if poultry have been on the same site.

Later in the process it has been necessary to have a veterinary inspection before each and every movement off these sites - evidently an added expense!

Wherever possible sites should be single-species only and due consideration should be given to the risks posed by small numbers of backyard poultry to potential movement restrictions on the primary enterprise.