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Scots poultry farmers told to register their flocks

by 5m Editor
14 December 2005, at 12:00am

SCOTLAND - Poultry keepers who have more than 50 birds will have to register their flocks as Scotland steps up the effort to guard against bird flu. Environment and Rural Development Minister Ross Finnie announced the new register yesterday. It follows similar moves by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs earlier this week. Mr Finnie said: &quot;The register will enhance our understanding of the poultry industry and ensure that we can respond quickly and effectively to any outbreak of disease. &quot;A greater understanding of the location of Scotland&#39;s poultry keepers will also help us to communicate more effectively with them and let us work together by taking all appropriate steps to minimise the risk of avian disease in Scotland.&quot; NFU Scotland communications director James Withers said the register was the first step in establishing where all poultry farming operations are in Scotland. <i>Source: ThisIsNorthScotland</i>

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