What is the risk of animal disease in Warwickshire?

Animal disease can occur amongst wild birds and animals, and in farming animals.

As recently as November 2022 there was an outbreak of Avian Influenza within Warwickshire and surrounding areas. Avian Influenza has been common across the globe lately.

There was a recent case of Swine Flu in the UK which, back in 2009 was declared as a Pandemic.

Other animal diseases have been reported elsewhere in the world.

How could animal disease
affect you and your family?

Animal diseases have a serious consequence for Warwickshire’s farming industry and the food chain. Movement and travel restrictions brought in to reduce the spread of disease can damage rural industry and the wider economy.

We can all be better prepared to
respond and recover from animal diseases

Follow these practical steps so you and your family can be better prepared for animal diseases:


If you keep livestock, you must:

Register your land details with the rural payment’s agency.

Register your livestock with the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) and the Local Authority Animal health advice – Warwickshire County Council.


If you keep more than 50 birds, register with Defra


Keep farm records accurate and up to date


If you're unsure about stringent hygiene, use Defra-approved disinfectants


Sign up to receive the latest news of exotic notifiable animal disease outbreaks in Britain


Plan ahead

This will help you, your family and community, avoid a disease outbreak and possible animal problems, more information at:

How to prepare
your business

Warwickshire LRF

What is being done to become
better prepared?

LRF partners responsible for Animal Health, monitor animal health diseases and deaths across the country and identify if there are any ‘trends’ occurring.

We will prepare an emergency plan to reduce the spread of disease should an outbreak occur.

We will also work with farmers and livestock keepers to raise awareness of animal disease, promote good hygiene, advise on licensing conditions and enforce movement restrictions in affected areas.

Visit the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs website – For information about animal disease prevention and the latest animal disease news updates.


Further advice can be found at Warwickshire County Council’s website


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