Poultry Classes Cancelled at this Year’s Great Yorkshire Show
The Great Yorkshire Show organisers have taken the difficult decision to cancel poultry classes at this year’s event due to ongoing government restrictions to prevent the spread of bird flu.
Organisers have been working closely with the Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA) in the hope that the current ban on bird gatherings would be lifted in time for the Show.
However, with a further confirmed outbreak at a premises in Nottinghamshire last weekend the ban won’t be lifted, leaving Great Yorkshire Show organisers with no other option but to cancel classes this year.
Pigeon competitions and birds of prey demonstrations are not affected by the current restrictions and will go ahead as planned.
Charles Mills said: “We are so sorry to disappoint our poultry exhibitors and really want to extend our support in these difficult times. Unfortunately, we have no other option than to cancel the poultry classes this year due to the restrictions, but we will be staging an egg show for any interested exhibitors.”
- The Great Yorkshire Show is England’s premier agricultural event, organised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS), a registered charity supporting rural Yorkshire.
- YAS supports and promotes the farming industry through health care, business, education and scientific research.
- The Society is supported by its family of businesses including Fodder, Yorkshire Event Centre, Pavilions of Harrogate and the Harrogate Caravan Park as well as events Great Yorkshire Show and Springtime Live.
- Businesses and events held at the Great Yorkshire Showground in 2019 contributed £73.7 million to the economy.
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