Support is available to poultry farmers affected by housing order

Farming charity RABI is reminding poultry farmers of the support services available following the introduction of Defra’s Avian Influenza Prevention Zone (AIPZ) across England.

Although well-intended, the mandatory housing order puts additional strain on poultry producers who are already dealing with rising input costs in the sector, RABI says. The charity’s services manager, Helen Sisk, said that support is available to those who need it, and farmers can access RABI’s free 24/7 helpline or arrange professional in-person counselling.

“These housing measures have been introduced to safeguard animal welfare, yet RABI knows that this mandatory order places additional stresses on an already pressured poultry sector,” said Mrs Sisk.

“We provide easily accessible, round-the-clock services that can help farmers during difficult times. If anyone is struggling as a result of this recent news, please call our farming-trained team who can help you get the support you need,” Mrs Sisk urged.

The charity’s free counselling service is tailored to each individual and is delivered by BACP-accredited counsellors. No clinical or GP referrals are necessary to access the service, and farmers can choose to have face-to-face, telephone, or video conferencing sessions. Counsellors will respond to initial requests for support within 24 hours.

Other than providing confidential advice and counselling services, RABI also offers training, practical support and financial aid, such as one-off and regular grants. These are funded by donations from the charity’s supporters and fundraising campaigns, alongside investors and a network of 50 county committees.

Farmers who feel they could benefit from talking to a professional can access RABI’s helpline on 0800 188 4444.

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