September Newsletter

This month find out more about our vet intern, Natalia Furman, and one of our poultry administrators, Sam. We’ve also got a great BOGOF deal on PROBIO, one of our best selling products as an alternative to antibiotics.

You can also read about our broiler and layer accredited courses and water testing, plus what Brexit means for vaccines and medicines supply.

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Veterinary Internship in Poultry Medicine & Production

A leading poultry health internship in an innovative practice. PHS offers internationally acclaimed veterinary care for all poultry keepers backed by a full range of diagnostic capabilities.

To read more about the internship offered click here.

If you have any queries about the internship please feel free to email us: sheriffhutton@poultryhealthservices.com

April 2019 Newsletter

This month’s newsletter has details about the opening of our new practice in Shrewsbury, and our award winning vet of the month Helena Brewer, who recently won the prestigious Cliff Stewart prize for the best poultry practitioner paper. You may also be interested to read about our flat fee health plans visits and a free water test at the lab!

You’ll also find details about changes to Salmonella testing, our broiler passport accredited online course and a Brexit update.

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February Newsletter

This months newsletter has details about ‘Farming Connect- Wales’, feather pecking, use of B-Act Probiotic for prevention of leg problem in broiler farms, Lion Passport online training courses, free range producers discussion groups and the use of diatomaceous earth products in Lion Code farms.

Also find out more about our vet of the month Catarina Guerreiro.

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Game Bird Veterinary Roadshow 2019

We welcome you to join PHS for a review of the 2018 season. We will be discussing how to reduce veterinary costs and look at new opportunities and ways to prepare for the 2019 season.

A light supper will be provided. Please call 0115 951 6551 or email sutbon@poultryhealthservices.com to book your place.

To find out more about these FREE to attend events click here

January Newsletter

We are now a team of 16 Poultry Vets and 2 Poultry Veterinary Consultants covering the whole of the UK 24/7, 365 days a year. This ensures that you have a local poultry vet available when needed and also sees that costs are kept to a minimum as the vets don’t have to travel long distances. We also offer “fixed fees” packages to include all your routine testing, vaccines and veterinary health programmes so that you can budget through the year and enjoy fixed prices for 12 months. We do not charge extra for Out of Hours and week end emergency work, where we need to go to farms or perform post-mortems or lab tests.

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Christmas Opening Hours and Delivery Dates

The offices will be open normal hours except the 25th and 26th December and 1st January, when the offices will be closed. As always there will be a duty poultry vet available and they will be contactable on your local branch number.

Salmonella sampling over the New Year holiday
Royal Mail will not deliver samples to our Edinburgh lab on Wednesday 2nd January 2019 (a public holiday in Scotland).  The last delivery in 2018 will be on Monday 31st December and the first delivery in 2019 will be on Thursday 3rd January.

Plan your sampling and posting dates to ensure your samples can be delivered within the 4 day testing limit. If you think this will not be possible, please contact us in advance so we can arrange a courier service.

Vaccine Orders during Christmas
Please ensure that any vaccine orders required during the festive period are placed by Wednesday 12th December. This ensures guaranteed delivery before the festive period.

TNT Christmas & New Year Delivery Schedule

Collection on Friday 21st December for delivery by Monday 24th December.

Collection on Monday 24th December for delivery by Friday 28th December.

Collection on Thursday 27th December for delivery by Friday 28th December.

Collection on Friday 28th December for delivery by Monday 31st December.

Collection on Monday 31st December for delivery by Thursday 3rd January.

Collection on Wednesday 2nd January for delivery by Thursday 3rd January.

 

DEFRA Avian Flu Update

Poultry farmers and pet bird keepers urged to prepare for winter Avian Flu threat

The Chief Veterinary Officers across the UK are encouraging all poultry keepers to take action now to reduce the risk of disease over the winter.

Since June 2017, there have been no detections of avian influenza in poultry or kept birds in the UK and the UK has retained its OIE country freedom status since September 2017.

There are some simple measures that all bird keepers, whether they are running a large commercial farm, keeping a few birds in their back garden or rearing game birds, should take to protect their animals against the threat of avian influenza in the coming winter months. These include:

• Keep the area where birds live clean and tidy, control rats and mice and regularly disinfect any hard surfaces. Clean footwear before and after visits.
• Place birds’ feed and water in fully enclosed areas that are protected from wild birds, and remove any spilled feed regularly.
• Put fencing around outdoor areas where birds are allowed and limit their access to ponds or areas visited by wild waterfowl.
• Where possible, avoid keeping ducks and geese with other poultry species
• For poultry keepers in England, Wales and Scotland, sign up to a free APHA service to receive text or email alerts to any outbreaks of bird flu in the UK. In Northern Ireland, all bird keepers are encouraged to subscribe to a free text alert service by simply texting ‘BIRDS’ to 67300.

These measures are particularly important if you are in or close to one of the GB Higher Risk Areas. You can check whether or not you are in a Higher Risk Area by using our interactive maps.

A joint statement by all four of the Chief Veterinary Officers in the UK today said:

“Avian flu continues to circulate in many parts of the world and with the colder months soon upon us the risk of disease from migrating birds is increasing. It is critical that all keepers of poultry, including game birds and pet birds, act now to reduce the risk of transmission of avian flu to their flocks.
“Good biosecurity should be maintained at all times, including regularly cleaning and disinfecting the area where you keep birds and separating them from wild birds wherever possible.

“Keepers should also ensure they register on the Great Britain Poultry Register and we are pleased that new forms are now in place to simplify this process. Keepers in Northern Ireland must register their birds on the DAERA Bird Register. This can now be completed and submitted on-line”

All bird keepers across Great Britain should also register their birds on the Great Britain Poultry Register (GBPR). If you have 50 or more birds, this is a legal requirement, although keepers with fewer than 50 birds are also strongly encouraged to register. New simplified and user-friendly forms will speed up the process this year.

In Northern Ireland it is a legal requirement for all bird keepers to register every bird on the DAERA Bird Register, other than pet birds kept in the owner’s home.

Registering your birds means the government can contact you in the case of an outbreak and provide information on the steps to take to limit the chances of your birds getting the disease.

Last winter, the H5N6 HPAI strain of bird flu was only detected in wild birds and there were no outbreaks in domestic birds, either in commercial or small holdings. Although there have been no findings in the UK since June 2018 the virus is still circulating in wild birds in North Europe (including Denmark and Germany) and has caused outbreaks in poultry. In addition, the H5N8 HPAI virus continues to circulate in Eastern Europe, highlighting the need to stay vigilant.

The Government continues to monitor for incursions of avian flu and is working with the poultry and game bird industries; hen rehoming and pure and traditional poultry breeds stakeholders to help prevent incursions.

Bird flu is a notifiable animal disease. If you suspect any type of bird flu you must report it immediately in:
England by calling the Defra Rural Services Helpline on 03000 200 301,
Wales, contact 0300 303 8268.
Scotland by contacting your local Field Services Office
Northern Ireland by calling on the DAERA Helpline 0300 2007840
Failure to do so is an offence.

If you find dead wild waterfowl (swans, geese or ducks) or other dead wild birds, such as gulls or birds of prey, you should report them to the Defra helpline (03459 33 55 77) or in Northern Ireland, on the DAERA Helpline 0300 2007840.