AVIAN INFLUENZA AND PIGEONS – EXERCISING, SHOWING, SALES, TRAINING AND RACING
The following guidance provides clarity for pigeon fanciers on the implications of the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) outbreak in the UK – England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
For those fanciers whose pigeons are kept outside of the Protection / Surveillance Zones (10km zones around HPAI outbreaks):
You are able to take part in all pigeon gatherings such as shows, sales, training and racing whilst adhering to the requirements of the general licence, as well as the enhanced biosecurity requirements in place across the UK as part of the Avian Influenza Prevention Zone – Please refer to the RPRA website for the general licence requirements. You can exercise your birds as normal.
For those fanciers that house pigeons within the Protection / Surveillance Zone (10km zones around HPAI outbreaks).
If you live within a 10km Surveillance Zone around an outbreak you can still exercise your pigeons around the loft but you are unable to take part in any gatherings, i.e. shows, sales, training or racing until the restrictions within these zones have been lifted.
There are currently three avian influenza Protection / Surveillance Zones remaining (listed below), which have the above stated restrictions. All are due to be lifted before the end of March, provided there is no further disease found within the zones. Any new outbreaks are likely to result in new Protection and Surveillance Zones being put in place.
- Wyre, Lancashire
- Redgrave, Suffolk
- Haltwhistle, Northumberland
To establish if your lofts/pigeons are housed within these 10km zones please refer to the interactive map located on the DEFRA website at http://www.gisdiseasemap.defra.gov.uk/intmaps/avian/map.jsp
Sponsorship confirmed for Nehu classics 2017
1st channel race to be flown from Burbure.
Vanrobaey feeds once again have shown their support for the Nehu members by donating 30 bags of No.37 mixture which will be split between all 4 organisations:
1st Up North Combine winner 10 bags
1st West Durham Amal winner 10 bags
1st Durham Combine winner 5 bags
1st New North Amal winner 5 bags
1st Nehu open winner to receive £250 cash prize donated by JPS lofts. This loft consists of James and Pete Parker and Ian Stafford who have some of the top winning blood lines within their lofts.
5th channel race to be flown from Burbure.
Nehu open winner to receive £100 from our local auctioneer Mike Samuels, waiting for additional prize money to be added to this from Stuart Wilcox auctioneer.
2nd Nehu open winner to receive a matched pair of birds from Paul and Jayne Newbould of PJ lofts which will be presented at Nehu show Temple Park 2017.
01/03/2107 – Buckton’s Trophy, Hall of Fame and Ace Pigeon awards for competition within the North of England Homing Union for 2017 added to document “NEHU Ace Pigeon Awards Trophy Text” on Forms page.
Advice on vaccinating against Paramyxovirus
- 1 March 2017
Paramyxovirus – making sure you use only authorised vaccines: Advice from the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD)
We understand that many of you at this time of year will have vaccinated, or are about to vaccinate, your pigeons against paramyxovirus, which can significantly harm their health.
To clear up any confusion about the vaccines you should be using, the VMD – the Government agency which regulates veterinary medicines in the UK – has set out what you must do to comply with the law when using medicines, including vaccines, for your pigeons.
Anyone using a medicine on a pigeon and indeed any animal must use a UK authorised medicine*. If you are unsure if the medicine is authorised in the UK you should consult the VMD’s online Product Information Database which has an A-Z listing of all UK authorised veterinary medicines.
Using an unauthorised medicine is an offence against the Veterinary Medicines Regulations. Illegal medicines can be seized and users and suppliers may be prosecuted.
The only time when you may use a medicine that is not authorised in the UK is when a suitable medicine is not authorised or available in the UK to treat the specific condition. On these occasions, your vet – and only your vet – may :
• prescribe another medicine authorised in the UK for another species or condition that may be suitable or
• apply to the VMD to import a suitable medicine
The VMD will accept applications to import medicines including vaccines if there is no suitable medicine available or authorised in the UK to treat the specific condition.
* Some medicines for homing pigeons that contain certain ingredients do not have to be authorised. For details about the legal exemptions for homing pigeons and other small pet animals see here.
24/02/2017 – From Defra:
On 24 February 2017 we confirmed a case of avian influenza H5N8 in a small flock of chickens at a farm near Haltwhistle, Northumberland.
Specific information about the restrictions is set out in the.
21/02/2107 – 2017 Futurity Band Information added
01/02/2017 – NEHU ETS Rules 2017 added
26/01/2017 – Guisborough BB Sale. Please note that the advertised date in the BHW of March 1st is incorrect. It should read the 8th March. Full details below:
NORTH OF ENGLAND HOMING UNION (NEHU)
2017 FUTURITY RACE
DATE: MONDAY 28TH AUGUST 2017
RACE POINT: REED
6 BANDS: GUARANTEED £1100 PRIZE MONEY
BAND A: BORDER, WANSBECK, COQUETDALE, NORTHUMBERLAND PREMIER, TYNEMOUTH NORTH, NEWCASTLE WEST, NEW NORTH AMAL.
BAND B: MID-TYNE, NORTH EAST COUNTIES, SOUTH SHIELDS, SUNDERLAND, SUNDERLAND PREMIER.
BAND C: GATESHEAD, HOUGHTON, HETTON, SHOTTON & TRIMDON, FERRYHILL & DISTRICT.
BAND D: WEST DURHAM AMALGAMATION, DURHAM COMBINE.
BAND E: NORTH YORKS, EAST CLEVELAND.
BAND F: SOUTH EAST DURHAM, HARTLEPOOL, TEESSIDE, TEES VALLEY, MIDDLESBOROUGH & DISTRICT.
BREEDER BUYER SALES
MARCH 8th 2017 GUISBOROUGH
MARCH 15TH 2017 PLAINS FARM
MARCH 29TH 2017 NEWSHAM
RING ORDERS BEING TAKEN: £10 PER RING, MAXIMUM 20 PER LOFT.
NOTE: 2016 £18152 PAID OUT IN MAIN RACE, £4163 PAID OUT IN BREEDER BUYER.
13/12/2016 – Update from Defra site:
You can still fly pigeons or birds of prey, but you should try to keep them away from making direct contact with (or catching) wildfowl. Keep a close watch on the health of your birds.
Avian Influenza (bird flu) – Prevention Zone
DEFRA have released guidance in relation to Avian Influenza which includes a prevention Zone declaration for all poultry and captive birds. The Zone that covers the whole of England, Scotland and Wales will remain in place for a period of 30 days – until 6th January 2017.
A DEFRA representative has advised that this requires the immediate and compulsory confinement of pigeons within their lofts/housing. This is necessary to avoid contact with wild birds.
There are no restrictions on bird gatherings such as shows but it is stressed that it is essential that good biosecurity is maintained and birds should be healthy before transporting.
Updates will be posted on this website as and when received.
Further information can be found at:
Information supplied by Ian Evans, General Manager, RPRA
10/11/2016 – Show results and raffle numbers added.
Link to charity donation:
14/10/2016 – Please note that Bricon and Deister Electonic/Unikon are unfortunately unable to attend this years show.
11/10/2016 – Show Sponsors and Stands
16/09/2016 – Show details added
14/09/2016 – Futurity BB updated
06/09/2016 – Futurity update 2
01/09/2016 – Futurity updated
31/08/2016 – Provisional Futurity results added
20/07/2016 – Stray Centre details:
UNC Stray Centre – Graham Campbell
Sappers Corner Garage
WDA Stray Centre – Denise Walton
c/o 26 Newton Cap Bank
20/07/2016 – Bourges and Roye results added
27/05/2016 – Eastbourne result added
05/05/2016 – Club Ring Orders and Secretaries added
28/04/2016 – ETS Rules replaced with amended version
18/4/2016 – The Following communication was received from the Doncaster Sheffield airport on Sunday 17th April 2016
“I am writing on behalf of Doncaster Sheffield Airport to try and gather some information about rules or regulations that govern the release of racing pigeons next to a civil aerodrome. Today at 07:55 Air Traffic Control were notified by the Bird Control Unit that a vehicle on the perimeter road of the airport was releasing large numbers of pigeons directly across the runway. Whilst thankfully a rare occurrence, this type of activity does have the potential to cause significant damage to an aircraft and catastrophic consequences to public air safety”.
We remind all fanciers that liberations within an 8 mile radius of this Airport is strictly forbidden under RPRA Rules – see pages 28 & 29 for the requirements regarding liberations in the vicinity of airports.
01/04/2016 – NEHU office hours are changing from Monday 4th of April to 9.30 – 4.30.
01/03/2016 – N.E.H.U. 2016 FUTURITY RACE BREEDER/BUYER SALE VENUES.
WEDNESDAY 2nd MARCH PORTRACK HOTEL.
47, Portrack Lane, Stockton, TS182
WEDNESDAY 9th MARCH, HORDEN, COMRADES CLUB.
Cotsford lane, Horden, SR84EW.
WEDNESDAY 16th MARCH GUISBOROUGH FOOTBALL CLUB.
Howlbeck road, Guisborough, TS146LE.
WEDNESDAY 23rd MARCH PLAINS FARM W.M.C.
Premier road, Silksworth, Sunderland ,SR31SY.
WEDNESDAY 30th MARCH NEW DELEVAL & NEWSHAM W.M.C.
Wynship Street, Blyth, Northumberland, NE24 4NH
PENNING FOR ABOVE WILL COMMENCE APPROX 7-00 PM.
AUCTION OF BIRDS WILL COMMENCE APPROX 8-00 PM.
ANYONE UNABLE TO ATTEND SALES CAN GET FUT RUNG YOUNGSTERS
TO BOB GRIMLEY DURING THE WEEK PRECEDING ANY SALE . Tel.01388-817519.
FUT RINGS ARE AVALIABLE FROM MARKING STATION OFFICERS,PLUS N.E.H.U. OFFICE.
16/02/2016 – Forms added
08/02/2016 – Vaccination information below.
There are only 3 vaccines licensed for use within the UK as per the VMD Noah Compendium.
NOBILIS Paramyxo P201
No other Paramyxovirus vaccine is recognised/approved for use within the UK by DEFRA/VMD.
All pigeons trained and raced by members of the NEHU must be have an up to date vaccination with one of the above approved vaccines.
04/02/2016 – 2016 show date is Saturday 5th November
19/01/2016 – meeting date changed:
General Council Meeting Saturday 19th March 2016 12.00 noon at Belmont
14/01/2016 – meeting below added:
Management Committee Meeting Tuesday 22nd March 2016 Dunston Social Club 7.00pm
11/01/2016 – ETS rules for 2016 added
25/11/2015 – 2016 One Loft Race flyer added -> One Loft Flyer
23/09/2015 – Show page updated with Entry Form and details.
05/09/2015 – Breeder Buyer results added.
04/09/2015 – Futurity results added.
29/07/2015 – Bourges results added.
Posted 29/06/2015 – ETS Rules updated to cover the approval of the GPS & Internet time signal.
Posted 18/06/2015 – Results added for Eastbourne and Queens Cup
Posted 11/05/2015 – Attention of all NEHU Secretaries: Please advise the NEHU office asap of any new members that need to be re-measured using the GPS handheld equipment. John Snowdon, President
Posted 11/05/2015 – Ta Ta Steel Works
Having spoken to a representative of Ta Ta Steel Works today on the matter of pigeons ending up in their reservoirs, they have informed me of the steps they have taken and what their intentions for the future are.
Work is starting next week on removing all the waste in area one, which is or was the Salt Water lagoon. Sadly as the water was drained off the lagoon it revealed the carcasses of dead birds which had been caught in the lagoon in the past. These birds are well preserved as they are covered in oil, so looks as if they had just recently ended up in the lagoon.
Once phase 1 is completed work will start on cleaning area 2 with £400,000 being allotted for this work to be carried out. The work is expected to take 4 – 6 months and while being carried out may present as a slight risk to our birds. This lagoon will also be drained, cleaned and refilled with fresh water.
The company claim to employ 2 workman on race days to try and keep the birds away from the lagoons and are about to reintroduce ‘propane cannons’ on race days. Apparently they have used the cannons in the past but these brought forward a lot of complaints, so they stopped using them.
The company are confident that once all this work is completed the problem should go away.
The company had been visited by the RSPCA this morning
Posted 17/04/2015 – ETS Rules amended
Posted 01/04/2015 – ETS Rules updated
Posted 10/03/2015 – NEHU Show Of The Year 2015
All fanciers please note the NEHU show of the year 2015 will be held on Saturday 7th November 2015.
The gala evening NEHU presentation night is on Friday 6th November 2015. More details on the Show page on the top menu.
Posted 12/03/2015 – Stray bird reporting switched on