Dealing with the results of Covid lockdown has been powerful sufficient, however for poultry farmers in Wales there’s a second viral problem on their doorstep – fowl flu.
Following a fowl flu outbreak in November 2020, a nationwide lockdown has been in place since December, forcing all captive birds to remain indoors.
Any farms testing optimistic for the virus face a whole cull of their flock.
Poultry farmer Victoria Shervington-Jones, from Wentlooge close to Newport, mentioned the restrictions have been “a double-whammy”.
“We’re locked down and now the birds are locked down to go with it,” she mentioned.
The unfold is being managed by retaining captive birds in bio-secure models which cease wild birds mixing with them and spreading the virus.
Wales’ chief vet Dr Christianne Glossop mentioned Covid meant the fowl flu message “hasn’t really hit the headlines”.
“It’s so important for anyone with birds to follow our requirements to bring them indoors… to keep them separate from any contact, direct or indirect, with wild birds,” she added.
The UK authorities mentioned the danger of avian flu to people was very low and that consuming eggs and poultry merchandise posed a really low threat to individuals.
Filmed and edited by Nick Hartley