WHAT IS THE NATIONAL POULTRY IMPROVEMENT PLAN?
The National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) began in 1935 to coordinate state programs aimed at the elimination of pullorum disease from commercial poultry. The National NPIP Office is located in Conyers, Georgia in the heart of poultry country. Thier website is www.poultryimprovement.org.
In addition to commercial poultry, the NPIP covers the following three groups:
- WATERFOWL - Domesticated Fowl that normally swim, such as ducks and geese.
- EXHIBITION POULTRY - Domesticated fowl which are bred for the combined purposes of meat or egg production and competitive showing.
- GAME BIRDS - Domesticated fowl such as pheasant, partridges, quail, grouse and guineas, but not doves and pigeons.
CLICK HERE to read an article on the history of the NPIP.
CLICK HERE to read the NPIP Requirements for Exhibition Poultry in Indiana.
A COOPERATIVE PROGRAM
The NPIP is a cooperative Industry-State-Federal program through which new technology can be effectively applied for the improvement of poultry and poultry products throughout the country.
The provisions (i.e. rules) of the NPIP are developed jointly by industry members, State and Federal officials. These provisions establish standards for the evaluation of poultry breeding stock and hatchery products with respect to freedom from egg-transmitted and hatchery-disseminated disease. A Conference is held every two years where industry members, state officials and Federal officials gather to discuss changes to the NPIP provisions.
CLICK HERE to read the NPIP Provisions.
WHY BECOME AN NPIP EXHIBITION MEMBER IN INDIANA?
The benefits of being of becoming an Indiana NPIP Exhibition Member are:
- Your flock will be recognized as a participating member of the National Poultry Improvement Plan. Your flock will be listed on the National NPIP website (www.poultryimprovement.org). The website lists all participant Hatcheries, Dealers, and Independent Flocks in the United States.
- Your flock will be given an approval number which may be used on shipping labels, certificates, invoices, and other documents for identification purposes.
- You can provide your NPIP Approval Number as proof for PT testing when attending an Exhibition, County Fair or State Fair Event. When traveling to another state always check with their NPIP Official State Agency to see if they have additional movement requirements.
- As Exhibition Member your poultry is only tested once a year for Pullorum Typhoid (PT) instead of needing to test them before each event they are traveling to..
- Our Poultry Health Specialist at the ISPA will send you relevant poultry health emails throughout the year as well as keep you up-to-date on any emergency disease issues happening around the state.
CLICK HERE to read a flyer on Indiana's NPIP Exhibition Membership Program.
HOW TO BECOME AN NPIP EXHIBITION MEMBER IN INDIANA
You can become an Indiana NPIP Exhibition Member in three simple steps.
STEP ONE: Complete the INDIANA NPIP EXHIBITION MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION. To download a copy of the Application CLICK HERE. Or you can complete the Application online by clicking on the button below and completing the form that pops up.
STEP TWO: Submit a completed NPIP VS 9-2 Form. A CERTIFIED NPIP BLOOD TESTER will need to test 10% of your flock, with a minimum of 30 birds and up to a maximum of 300 birds. The tested birds should be a representative sample of your flock, based on division of male vs female poultry, as well as poultry type. Poultry tested will ideally be between 16 - 24 weeks old.
STEP THREE: A payment of $80.00 should be sent to the ISPA Office (915 West State Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2054). Please call our office if you would like to pay with a credit card.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
QUESTION: Can I PT Test my own poultry?
ANSWER: Yes. If you a Certified Indiana NPIP Blood Tester, you are allowed to PT your own birds when applying for NPIP Exhibition Membership.
QUESTION: I don't have 30 birds in my flock? Is this o.k.?
ANSWER: No problem. If your flock is less than 30 birds only the birds which are eligible to be tested will need to be tested. In the past we have had flocks become Exhibition Members that were as small as six birds.
QUESTION: I have poultry that is younger than 16 weeks and some poultry that is older than 24 weeks? Are they PT tested as well?
ANSWER: Poultry that is younger than 16 weeks can not be tested for PT, as the test is unreliable in getting an accurate result. Poultry over 24 weeks can be tested for PT and often will be if your flock does not have enough poultry between 16-24 weeks to meet the minimum number tested requirement.