Free-Range Poultry Flocks in Holland to be Confined


The Ministry of Agriculture of Holland has ordered commercial producers to confine flocks indoors following the emergence of avian influenza diagnosed in small farm in Baden-Wurttemberg region in Germany near the common border  of the two E.U. nations.


Precautions required by authorities follow the regulations introduced in 2018 when extensive dissemination of avian influenza virus occurred from migratory waterfowl. Free range systems are widely used for ducks and geese and to a large extent for egg production in Holland.


Restrictions on outside access were imposed in the UK in 2018 and 2019 following the emergence of avian influenza, introduced and spread by migratory  waterfowl.