The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine of Ireland has lifted housing order of free-range chickens as the risk of bird flu continues to subside.
A number of factors led to the decision, including the reduction of migratory waterfowl, increase of weather temperature and longer daytime.
Free-range poultry can now be labeled as such without additional requirement. Eggs and poultry slaughtered from April 25 can be marketed as free-range but prior to this date, it should be marketed in accordance to the guidelines issued on March 8.
Although poultry owners can now let their poultry in open areas, the Department still advised them to be vigilant of the virus.