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  • Surveillance health monitoring
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Avivets News

Aug 8, 2017

Health Plans for Wild Gamebirds


A recently published book 'Game Meat Hygiene' has advocated the use of veterinary health plans in the management of captive reared game birds that are released for sporting purposes. The chapter, 'Health Plans for Wild Gamebirds', is written by the renowned poultry and game bird vet, Tom Pennycott, who has experience in both governmental and private practice veterinary roles. The full chapter can be found at this link

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A recently published book 'Game Meat Hygiene' has advocated the use of veterinary health plans in the management of captive reared game birds that are released for sporting purposes. The chapter, 'Health Plans for Wild Gamebirds', is written by the renowned poultry and game bird vet, Tom Pennycott, who has experience in both governmental and private practice veterinary roles. The full chapter can be found here.

Abstract: Large numbers of pheasants (Phasianus colchicus) and red-legged partridges (Alectoris rufa) are reared and released every year in the UK, to be shot for sporting purposes and for consumption of their meat. Since 2011, Codes of Practice for the Welfare of Gamebirds Reared for Sporting Purposes (the Gamebird Welfare Codes) have been in place to safeguard the health and welfare of pheasants and partridges prior to their release. The welfare codes recommend that a veterinary health plan be devised and reviewed annually, and increasing numbers of pheasants and partridges are now reared under the protection of customised health plans.

Health plans should include sections on performance parameters, disease profiles, medication, biosecurity, hygiene and welfare, and typically apply to the birds to the point at which they are shot for human consumption. Members of the general public consuming meat from farmed livestock are often concerned about the welfare of the animals or birds, the safety of the meat, and transparent traceability of the meat throughout the food chain, leading to the development of farm assurance schemes. Those consuming wild game bird meat are likely to have similar concerns but currently there is no assurance scheme covering game birds.

If the current health plans for pheasants and partridges could be extended to address these issues, consumers and retailers would have added confidence in the acceptability, safety, quality and sustainability of the meat produced, leading to greater consumption of pheasant and partridge meat. A similar approach could be developed for red grouse (Lagopus lagopus scoticus).

Avivets recognise the importance of veterinary health plans for all types of poultry that they consult on, and have responded to the growing interest and necessity for health plans in commercial game bird rearing by incorporated them into out game bird service plans, ensuring that all clients have a tailored health plan to suit their needs.