Thursday 21 February 2019

Cull begins in Cherry Valley - the UK bird-flu duck farm

Ducks are loaded onto a lorry following a cull at a farm in Nafferton, East Yorkshire operated by Cherry Valley after a bird flu outbreak (Lynne Cameron/PA Wire)
Ducks are loaded onto a lorry following a cull at a farm in Nafferton, East Yorkshire operated by Cherry Valley after a bird flu outbreak (Lynne Cameron/PA Wire)
Ducks in cages are seen at a duck farm in Nafferton, northern England. The European Commission on Monday praised the action taken by Britain and the Netherlands to contain their respective cases of bird flu, saying all protocols had been followed. In the British case, the virus was discovered at a duck farm in North Yorkshire (REUTERS/Phil Noble)
Ducks are disinfected after being gassed during a cull at a farm in Nafferton, East Yorkshire operated by Cherry Valley after a bird flu outbreak. Government vets are investigating if the case of "highly pathogenic" H5 avian flu, found on the farm near Driffield is linked to a similar case in the Netherlands (Lynne Cameron/PA Wire)

Nicola Harley and Edward Malnick

Culling has begun at a farm operated by Britain's largest producer of duck products after a bird-flu outbreak.

The ducks have been put in cages and placed in a gas chamber outside the sheds where they were being held in Yorkshire.

The start of the cull came as officials confirmed that the bird flu strain found at the farm, operated by Cherry Valley, was the H5N8 strain which has been reported in Germany and the Netherlands.

Public Health England said the risk to the public was "very low", while the UK's Food Standards Agency said the outbreak did not pose a "food safety risk" for customers.

Officials had been quick to reassure the public that the strain of the virus was not H5N1, which has led to deaths in people.

More than 20 teams of environmental health officers were at the farm in Nafferton yesterday afternoon to assist with the cull.

Around 6,000 ducks at the site were due to be culled by gassing. Their carcasses will then be burnt "at a secure site".

Cherry Valley confirmed that officials would also be testing the farm's last shipment of eggs, which are in incubators at the firm's hatchery in Lincolnshire.

A two-mile restriction zone has been set up around the farm. (© Daily Telegraph, London).

Irish Independent

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