Changes to agricultural show after bird flu scare at Lancashire farm

No poultry to be shown at this year's Goosnargh and Longridge Agricultural Show
No poultry to be shown at this year's Goosnargh and Longridge Agricultural Show
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A major agricultural show has been forced to make changes after a suspected outbreak of bird flu at a nearby farm.

The Goosnargh and Longridge Agricultural Show is still going ahead today, but no poultry is being shown, after the avian flu alarm was raised at a farm in Goosnargh.

A mass slaughter of poultry was ordered at the farm after the suspected case, as a “precautionary measure”.

Meawhile, poultry farmers have been banned from moving any animals within a 10km control zone.

The suspected outbreak means no poultry is being shown at the Goosnargh and Longridge Agricultural Show but all other events, including pig racing, are going ahead as planned.

Poultry section chairman Alan Procter said the cancellation of the poultry show cost about £1,600.

He said: “You’ve got to be a bit disappointed because everybody had got the birds ready to come.

“Some of them, to put it bluntly, will be spitting feathers.

“It is a bit of a shame but we can’t do a lot about it.
“We are disappointed.”

Show chairman Barry Hill said this year’s event was “brilliant”, despite the setback.

He said more than 5,000 people had turned out and said: “Everywhere I look, there are large crowds.”

For pictures of the show, see Monday’s Lancashire Evening Post.