Most Recent – 06/09/2017
A falconer has managed to lose his Goshawk near Hetton le Hole/Sunderland. These are total killing machines, may be a good idea to recommend members in the area lock down after this Saturdays race to remove the food source for it in the hope it is trapped quickly.
If it retained itself in the wild it will annihilate the team of anyone local to where it settles.
The NEHU Office have had some lost birds reported recently that are not registered on the NEHU Database.
It appears to be the later part of the rings issued to the Clubs and Federations, please check and inform the NEHU Office if they have issued the last of their rings to their members so we can add them to NEHU Database.
05/06/2017 – Avian flu confirmed at a farm Near Diss, South Norfolk
The UK’s Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer has this evening confirmed H5N8 avian flu in a small flock of chickens and geese at a premises near Diss, South Norfolk. A 3 km Protection Zone and a 10 km Surveillance Zone have been put in place around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading.
The flock is estimated to contain approximately 35 birds. A number have died and the remaining live birds at the premises are being humanely culled. A full investigation is under way to determine the source of the infection.
Public Health England advises that the risk to public health from the virus is very low and the Food Standards Agency is clear that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for UK consumers.
Keepers are urged to continue to be vigilant and look out for the signs of avian flu in their flocks, informing the Animal and Plant Health Agency should they suspect infection.
Read the latest advice and information on avian flu in the UK, including actions to reduce the risk of the disease spreading, advice for anyone who keeps poultry or captive birds and details of previous cases. We are particularly keen to ensure that keepers of small numbers of poultry are aware of steps they should be taking to protect their poultry from bird flu and we would be grateful if you could promote this to your members and associate organisations
Exotic Disease Control
PLEASE NOTE – The liberation within an 8 mile radius of the following aerodromes is FORBIDDEN:
Belfast (International and City)
Doncaster Sheffield (Robin Hood)
Durham Tees Valley
Liverpool (John Lennon)
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.
21/02/2107 – 2017 Futurity Band Information added
01/02/2017 – NEHU ETS Rules 2017 added
26/01/2017 – 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.
Link to charity donation:
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
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.