2017 Season update Wednesday 21st February.

Animal Disease Control & Trade Policy Branch

Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

Confirmation has been received today Wednesday 21st February from the above department that no restrictions are being placed on inland racing at present and racing should commence as planned on Saturday 8th April. The situation is constantly under review.

Cross channel racing is not permitted at present and this will be reviewed nearer to the date of the planned cross channel programme.

A meeting will be arranged shortly with all racing organisations and the department and members will be kept informed of the out come.

Fred Russell

Secretary.   21/02/17

Restriction on releasing pigeons for exercise lifted.

Wednesday 4th January 2017.

The directive from DARD to keep pigeons confined to their lofts has now been lifted and pigeons can now be released for exercise around their lofts.

Restrictions still apply on the movement of pigeons to and from Northern Ireland and the department should be contacted to obtain advice and the necessary licences required.

DARD contact number 0300 200 7840.

Fred Russell

NIPA Secretary.

update received regarding Avian Influenza

To: Interested Parties,


The Department advised you on 7 December 2016 that Avian Influenza Prevention Zones had been declared for the whole of England, Scotland and Wales. These declarations did not affect the movement licencing arrangements then in place. However, Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza was confirmed in a flock of turkeys near Louth, Lincolnshire, England, on 16 December 2016, and the requisite 3km Protection and 10km Surveillance Zones were declared around the infected premise.

Consequently, the Department wishes to advise you of enhanced trade requirements being implemented from 9:00 a.m., Monday, 19 December 2016, in respect of the movement of live poultry, day old chicks, hatching eggs, ornamental fowl, racing pigeons, captive birds, heat treated poultry meat, other poultry meat, table eggs and egg products etc. between Great Britain, the European Union, ‘third countries’ and Northern Ireland.

Movements from Northern Ireland

All poultry and poultry products can contimue to be moved from Northern Ireland to Britain and other European Union (EU)  Member States, subject to the appropriate health certifcation.

The situation regarding movements to countries outwith the EU (i.e. ‘third countries’) remains fluid and prospective exporters should contact the Department’s Trade Section on (028) 9052 0865, or email tradeadminpost@daera-ni.gov.uk for further information. Exporters should be aware that in the current situation, some export consignments for live birds and other poultry commodities may not be able to proceed.

Movements into Northern Ireland

All general licences relating to the movement into Northern Ireland of poultry, day old chicks, hatching eggs, ornamental fowl, racing pigeons, captive birds, poultry products,   heat treated poultry meat, other poultry meat, table eggs and egg products etc. are being revoked.

New specific licensing arrangements will be implemented with effect from 9.00 a.m., Monday, 19 December 2016.

Consignments currently in transit will be allowed to enter Northern Ireland with the documentation that was current at the time of commencing movement.

Anyone wishing to bring any of the above categories of poultry/birds/products into Northern Ireland or requiring further information should contact the Department’s Trade Section on (028) 90 52 0865 or email tradeadminpost@daera-ni.gov.uk.

Bird Gatherings

The movement of any birds being brought into Northern Ireland from Great Britain for the purpose of participating in a bird gathering will also now be restricted with effect from 9:00 a.m., Monday, 19 December 2016. For further information please see the DAERA website.

Yours faithfully,

J Wallace Lawson

Epizootic Disease Policy Lead

Request from R.P.R.A. 9th December.


defra1Update at 14.40 on 7th December 2016DEFRA have released guidance in relation to Avian Influenza which includes a Prevention Zone declaration for all poultry and captive birds. The Zone that covers the whole of England, Scotland and Wales will remain in place for a period of 30 days – until 6th January 2017.A DEFRA representative has advised that this requires the immediate and compulsory confinement of pigeons within their lofts/housing. This is necessary to avoid contact with wild birds.There are no restrictions on bird gatherings such as shows but it is stressed that it is essential that good biosecurity is maintained and birds should be healthy before transporting.Updates will also be posted on this website as and when received.

Further information can be found on this page of the gov.uk website.

Ian Evans
General Manager

PLEASE NOTE – Northern Ireland lofts have been asked to observe a non flying of their birds until after the Blackpool Show over the weekend of Saturday/Sunday 21st/22nd January 2017.

A meeting has been called by DARD for Monday12th December 2016 for all stakeholders when guidance and further directives may be issued.

We will update if and when any further information is available.

Fred Russell

N.I.P.A. secretary.


Section Champion Old & Young Birds


Section A   G & S Smith         Cookstown       Cheq Cock     GB 14 C 01644

Section B   Thompson Bros    Crumlin            Blue Hen        GB 14 A 32757

Section C   M & T Griffith        Eastway           Blue Cock      GB  14 R 01398

Section D   P & J Boal            Dromore           Blue Hen        GB 15 D 21392

Section E   D Calvin                Bondhill            Blue Hen        GB 15 B 09724

Section F   J Hall & Son          Harmony           Dk Cheq Hen IHU 15 N 02584

Section G  J Smyth & Sons    Drumnavaddy    Blue Cock    GB 14 D 18764

Section H  A Kelly                   Omagh               Blue Hen     GB 14 R 31112

Young Bird

Section A   G & S Smith          Cookstown                             GB 16 C 09167

Section B   Thompson Bros    Crumlin               Blue Hen     GB 16 C 11426

Section C Gregg Bros & McCandless      Titanic      Blue Tip Cock NWHU 16 S 3819

Section D  I Gibb & Sons        Glenavy        Dk Cheq  Hen    GB 16 D 28863

Section E   N Weir                  Loughgall              Blue Hen    GB 16 X 61671

Section F   J Hall & Son         Harmony      Blue Cheq Cock  GB 16 H 18111

Section G   Donnelly Bros      Newry City   Blue Cheq Hen    GB 16 A 40708

Section H No Claims

Section Old , Young and Overall Fanciers of the year


Section A        G & S Smith         Cookstown          622 pts

Section B        A Darragh             Cullybackey        542 pts

Section C        J & D Braniff         Colin                   559 pts

Section D        P & J Boal             Dromore             604 pts

Section E         D Calvin               Bondhill              588 pts

Section F         J Hall & Son          Harmony           567 pts

Setion G          R Williamson         Newry & Dist     645 pts

Section H         A Kelly                  Omagh              488 pts


Section A          G & S Smith                            Cookstown        328 pts

Section B          Thompson Bros                      Crumlin              298 pts

Section C          Gregg Bros & McCandless     Ttitanic              280 pts

Section D          J Greenaway                          Dromore            293 pts

Section E           J Douglas & Son                   Lurgan               253 pts

Section F          C Hutchinson                          Comber             293 pts

Section G          Donnelly Bros                         Newry City        289 pts

Section H          J McCool                                 Limavady          258 pts


Section A          G & S Smith                            Cookstown        950 pts

Section B           A Darragh                              Cullybackey       676 pts

Section C          Gregg Bros & McCandless    Titanic                 661 pts

Section D          I Gibb & Sons                         Glenavy              850 pts

Section E          D Calvin                                  Bondhill              794 pts

Section F           J Hall & Son                           Harmony            825 pts

Section G         R Williamson                          Newry & Dist      921 pts

Section H No claims

Young Fancier of The Year

1st                   Delaney & McCambridge                     Harmony

R/Up                Ellie Marshall                                       Comber

any objections to the above in writing to the NIPA secty within 7 days