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Significant number of shoots cancelling days, according to reports

An outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in France has led to restrictions on the export of chicks and eggs to UK shoots and game farms, which has greatly reduced the number of birds available to UK shoots. Meanwhile prices of essential shoot supplies such as feed and fuel have…

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Gamekeepers launch campaign to avert disastrous season

In an email to Shooting Times DEFRA explained that the 90 day restriction to movements came from the bird flu regulations which were transferred into UK law as part of the Brexit process. After Brexit, changes by the EU shortened the period for which movements were restricted to 30 days.…

French bird flu outbreak

Bird flu outbreak tails off, but challenges still remain

New cases are still being reported in France, however the rate of increase in the crucial Pays de la Loire region has continued to slow. Only three new cases were reported between the 19th and 26th of April in the Vendée department and only one new case was reported in…

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2022 bird flu outbreak – what we know so far and latest updates

  April 14 The french bird flu outbreak continues to slow, but new cases are still being reported. New cases in Vendée, the most important department for gamebird production, showed a marked slowdown between the 5th and the 12th of April with outbreaks recorded at 13 new premises, the previous…

French bird flu outbreak

Bird flu outbreak slows in certain areas, but grows in others

Meanwhile, shortages of pheasant eggs and chicks are beginning to affect British shoots. The outbreak is focused on the Vendée department in North West France; this department and the neighbouring Loire Atlantique are vital to the supply of game bird chicks and eggs to the UK. Weekly data published by…

Can shoots survive as price hikes bite?

The Atlantic surface pressure chart is strangely fascinating. It’s produced by the Met Office to show isobars, depression and fronts. You can play a time-lapse of the charts over several days, watch the big winter storms spin their way across the Atlantic and try to guess from their trajectory where…

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Bird flu update – how hard is it hitting British farms?

Data released by the French agriculture ministry showed that in the last week of March, cases in the main gamebird rearing areas of Vendée and Loire Atlantique continued to increase, though the rate of increase appears to be slowing. Shooting Times understands that these figures are likely to go on…

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French game farms not sending eggs to UK due to bird flu outbreak

L’envol de Retz and Gibovendee have told customers to plan for the delay in response to the worsening bird flu situation in the Pays de la Loire region of France where they are based. The decision will cause huge disruption to the shooting season, effectively delaying its start for many…

Major avian influenza outbreak hits French game farms

The possibility of disruption to the supply of birds from farms was highlighted last week by Shooting Times. The west of France and particularly the departments of Vendée and Loire Atlantique are crucial to the supply of chicks and eggs to the UK game production industry. An outbreak began with…