Great Yorkshire Show cancels poultry classes due to bird flu restrictions

Organisers of the Great Yorkshire Show have taken the difficult decision to cancel poultry classes at this year’s event due to ongoing government restrictions to prevent the spread of bird flu.

By Gemma Jimmison
Thursday, 26th May 2022, 1:22 pm
Updated Thursday, 26th May 2022, 1:25 pm
Organisers of the Great Yorkshire Show have taken the difficult decision to cancel poultry classes at this year’s event due to ongoing government restrictions to prevent the spread of bird flu.
Organisers of the Great Yorkshire Show have taken the difficult decision to cancel poultry classes at this year’s event due to ongoing government restrictions to prevent the spread of bird flu.

Organisers have been working closely with the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) in the hope that the current ban on bird gatherings would be lifted in time for the four-day event on July 12-15.

However, with a further confirmed outbreak at a premises in Nottinghamshire last weekend the ban won’t be lifted, leaving Great Yorkshire Show organisers with no other option but to

cancel classes this year.

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Pigeon competitions and birds of prey demonstrations are not affected by the current restrictions and will go ahead as planned.

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