Poultry section to go-ahead at 2017 Royal Cornwall Show
Poultry and eggs will be part of this year’s Royal Cornwall Show as the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) have announced today that restrictions due to bird flu are due to come to an end.
Restrictions were imposed by DEFRA on poultry and captive birds across the country in December 2016 due to an outbreak of Avian Influenza (AI). The restrictions were relaxed apart from in high risk areas during February and more recently poultry were once again allowed to go outdoors as fears of the spread of the disease eased.
However, DEFRA continued to enforce a no-gatherings of poultry policy but has just announced that this will cease on 15th May. Hence the popular poultry section, that includes a national level egg competition, which draws exhibitors from across the region, will go-ahead as planned at this year’s Show which will be held at Wadebridge on 8th, 9th & 10th June.
Christopher Riddle, secretary of the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association said:
“It is great news that we will be able to have poultry at the show this year, it is a really popular element of the event.
“Whilst other shows were forced to cancel their poultry content we decided to press ahead as normal, taking entries, with a view that the situation would change, which fortunately is has done so.
“We very much look forward to welcoming exhibitors in June and we are glad to be able to accommodate them this year.”
Entries for this year’s poultry section at the Royal Cornwall close on 6th May, full entry details can be found by visiting www.royalcornwall.co.uk.
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