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Department Urges All Poultry Keepers to Register Flock Location

Following recent cases of Avian Flu in the UK, Netherlands and Germany, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine is reminding any poultry keeper, who is not already registered to apply for registration immediately.

Anyone who keeps poultry, who deals or trades in poultry, including those persons who keep small numbers of poultry for their own use  are legally bound to register their premises with the Department under the Control on Places where Poultry are kept Regulations 2014 ( S.I. 114 of 2014) .

The registration of premises ensures the Department can alert owners quickly in the event of a disease outbreak and also give advice on appropriate precautionary, containment and control measures.

Application forms (PR1) for registration may be obtained from the Department's website:, your Regional Department office or from the Department’s Animal Health Division, tel. 01 6072466. Completed registration forms should be submitted through your Regional Department Office – contact details on

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 the Marine (DAFM);
  • If you are not already registered, you can register at a DAFM office. An application form is also available on the DAFM 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 DAFM website at:


View this Press Release as a PDF: DAFMPR 190/2014 (pdf 100Kb) 



Date Released: 05 December 2014