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Compensation will be there if virus spreads

by 5m Editor
21 April 2006, at 12:00am

UK - As the UK is added to the list of EU countries that have had a case of avian flu, many poultry farmers are asking what compensation would be available should the disease strike commercial flocks. According to ADAS poultry team leader Stephen Edge, compensation is only payable for healthy birds, slaughtered by DEFRA as part of a disease control programme. This would be the case whether they were on an infected premises or one that was deemed to be a &quot;dangerous contact&quot;. The decision to cull adjacent farms would be made on a case-by-case basis - there are no plans to undertake a blanket contiguous cull around an infected unit. &quot;Compensation is only paid in respect of healthy birds at the time of the cull, based on market values,&quot; says Mr Edge. There would be no compensation for birds that died of the disease. <i>Source: FWi</i>

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