Egg and poultry producers will get the chance to ask avian flu experts questions about disease prevention and the government’s contingency plans, during a series of open meetings.

Organised by ADAS on behalf of DEFRA, representatives from DEFRA, the Health Protection Agency, the Health and Safety Executive, the State Veterinary Service and a private practice vet will speak during meetings at various locations across England.

The first will be held on November 24 in Penrith, Cumbria. Further meetings will be held in Yorkshire, Berkshire, Devon and Suffolk. The series will end on December 7 in Staffordshire.

Meeting dates and locations are as follows:-

Nov 24 – Penrith, Cumbria – Rheged Exhibition Centre, Redhills
Nov 25 – York, N. Yorkshire – Askham Bryan College
Nov 29 – Newbury, Berks – Ramada Jarvis Hotel
Nov 30 –  Exeter, Devon – Devon and Exeter Race Course
Dec 6 – Eye, Suffolk – Brome Grange, Eye
Dec 7 – Uttoxeter, Staffs – Uttoxeter Racecourse

• There is no charge for the event. Numbers are limited and for catering purposes there is advance booking only. To book, contact Lynne Holmes, of ADAS, by telephone 01522 521290 email: lynne.holmes@adas.co.uk or fax 01522 513694