Vaccinate or we’ll lose bloodlines

Government chief veterinary officer Debby Reynolds has been lobbied by poultry breeders to reconsider the decision not to
vaccinate some flocks against avian influenza.

Janet Houghton-Wallace of Turkey UK, which represents breeders, told Dr Reynolds that the UK could lose valuable
bloodlines should a widespread cull take place.


“This is not like the commercial sector where birds can be replaced; these are the foundation and in many cases are not replaceable,” she warned.

Dr Reynolds said DEFRA had considered the impact on the poultry sector and believed close observation, biosecurity, movement restrictions and swift culling of infected flocks was the most appropriate form of disease control.