The National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) began in 1935 to coordinate state programs aimed at the elimination of pullorum disease from commercial poultry.

Pullorum is a bacterial disease of poultry that is transmitted from a hen to her chicks via the egg. By testing adult birds and eliminating disease carriers from the breeding flock, commercial poultry producers have all but eliminated this costly disease.

The objective of the NPIP is to provide 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 of the NPIP have been developed jointly by industry members and State and Federal officials. The provisions establish standards for the evaluation of poultry breeding stock and hatchery products with respect to freedom from egg-transmitted and hatchery-disseminated disease. NPIP certifies that poultry and poultry products for interstate and international shipment are free from certain egg-transmitted and hatchery-disseminated diseases.

Click here to read a history of the NPIP.        Click here to visit the NPIP web site.

Interested in becoming an NPIP certified participant in Indiana?

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