How the 2020/2021 record setting AI outbreak affected farms in the UK and Ireland

The 2020 to 2021 AI season was nothing short of challenging, with premises across the country facing a tough reality. We take a closer look at the scale of the outbreaks that swept across the UK across the 2020 and 2021 season and diagnose the reasons for the quick spread in our AI Outbreak Timeline.


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The 2020 to 2021 AI season was record-setting for bird flu cases across the country. The devastation was felt on a national level, with highly-pathogenic disease spreading through 100,000’s of chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese and more.

In our AI outbreak timeline, we have examined a number of critical factors from these cases:

  • Involvement from the industry and Livetec
  • The cause of the spread
  • Livetec’s on-farm solution
  • How these cases could have been prevented

The importance of biosecurity

This report also highlights just how critical an adequate biosecurity plan is for flock owners, and how without an efficient plan in place, these premises were left vulnerable, exacerbating the spread of disease.

Some of the key failings continually highlighted throughout the report are:

  • A lack of building maintenance
  • Poor bedding storage
  • Poultry were able to freely mingle with wild birds
  • An absence of cleansing and disinfection processes
  • Poor visitor tracking
  • No dedicated clothing or footwear for the farm personnel


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Livetec is dedicated to protecting animal welfare

In each of these situations, Livetec has had significant involvement, helping flock owners to not only contain the outbreak, but remove any trace of the disease afterwards. We know that whilst outbreaks cannot always be prevented, the risks can be significantly mitigated. Download our AI timeline to discover our leading on-farm solutions and unique services, designed by industry experts.
In our avian influenza timeline report, we highlight the importance of bespoke, tailored services, like:

  • 5 year contingency planning
  • Bespoke biosecurity services
  • Emergency on-farm operations
  • Enterprise level biosecurity services

To find out how avian influenza was given the opportunity to rapidly spread in 2020 and 2021, and how you can build more robust and resilient on-farm processes that mitigate the risks of you falling victim. Download the report Avian Influenza: Outbreak Timeline here to protect the future of your business.