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Poultry section at Balmoral Show 2017 CANCELLED

Watching the horses at Balmoral Show. Picture McAuley Multimedia

The poultry section at Balmoral Show 2017 has been CANCELLED.

In a statement released by RUAS this morning they confirm the poultry section of Balmoral show has been cancelled for the 2017 show.

Rhonda Geary Operations Director of Balmoral Show said “With the continued suspension of bird gatherings in Northern Ireland due to Avian Influenza and following consultation with DAERA, the RUAS have regrettably decided to cancel the Poultry Section of the 2017 Balmoral Show. There will however still be classes for pigeons, decorated eggs and shelled eggs.”

Rhonda Geary RUAS Operations Director

Rhonda Geary RUAS

An Avian Influenza Prevention Zone for all poultry and captive birds will remain in force in Northern Ireland until at least the end of April, Chief Veterinary Officer, Robert Huey has confirmed

 The Chief Veterinary Officer, Robert Huey said “The decision to put in place a new Avian Influenza Protection Zone from 17 March is based on sound expert and industry advice.  The risk of infection from wild birds is unlikely to decrease in Northern Ireland in the coming weeks, particularly as H5N8 has been confirmed in wild birds here.  The current housing requirement, which is due to end on 16 March, has allowed keepers time to introduce stricter biosecurity measures. Therefore it is our intention to lift the mandatory requirement to house after this date, subject to keepers maintaining the highest possible levels of biosecurity.”

 

1 Comment on Poultry section at Balmoral Show 2017 CANCELLED

  1. Nancie hutchinson // March 7, 2017 at 1:58 pm // Reply

    So sorry about the news such a shame ,judged it last year hospitality first class .

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