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Department Urges Everyone Who Keeps Or Deals In Poultry To Register

Registration key to disease control

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, has emphasised the need for anyone who keeps poultry, who deals or trades in poultry, including those persons who keep small numbers of poultry for their own use  to register with the Department.

The purpose of registration, which is a relatively easy process, is simply to ensure that the Department has a full picture of where poultry are located, so that it can alert owners quickly in the event of a disease outbreak and also give advice on appropriate precautionary, containment and control measures as soon as possible.

Registration is through the local Department Office. Application forms (PR1) on which to register may be obtained from the local Department office or from the Department’s Animal Health Division, tel. 01 6072466 or from the Department's website:

The Department aims to have a full register of where all farmed animals including poultry are kept. Currently premises where cattle, sheep, pigs or poultry are kept must be registered and the intention is that legislation will be introduced in the near future that will require equine premises to be registered.

Note for Editors

 'poultry' means -

(a) birds reared or kept in captivity for breeding, the production of meat, eggs or other commercial products, for restocking supplies of game or for breeding these types of birds, and

(b) birds kept in the course of business or for sporting purposes.

  • If you own/keep, trade or deal in poultry, you must register with the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Food (DAFF);
  • If you are not already registered, you can register at a DAFF office. An application form is also available on the DAFF website.
  • Registration of poultry flocks (whatever the size) is a legal requirement for the purposes of disease control and food safety;
  • The owner or person in charge of ducks whose eggs are sold must implement an effective salmonella control plan and be compliant with S.I. No 565 of 2010;
  • Complying with legislative requirements helps safeguard against the introduction and spread of disease and enhances food safety;
  • Further information and advice is available on the DAFF website at:

Telephone: 01 6072832/6072466 Email:

Date Released: 10 July 2011