Why should you get your flock tested? (NPIP)

Why should you get your flock tested? (NPIP)

As a poultry farmer, keeping your flock healthy and disease-free is crucial to the success of your business. One way to protect your birds is by getting them tested for Pullorum and Typhoid (P&T) and joining the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP).

The NPIP is a voluntary program established in the 1930s to help control and eliminate certain poultry diseases in the United States. One of the primary diseases the program focuses on is P&T, which can cause significant economic losses for poultry producers.

Getting your flock tested for P&T and joining the NPIP comes with numerous benefits, including:

  1. Disease prevention and control: Testing your birds for P&T helps identify carriers of the disease, allowing you to separate and eliminate them from your flock. This prevents the spread of the disease to other birds and helps control its transmission. Joining the NPIP also means you'll be regularly monitored for other poultry diseases, allowing you to quickly detect and control any outbreaks.

  2. Increased market access: Many buyers, including hatcheries and feed mills, require poultry farmers to participate in the NPIP to ensure that their birds are disease-free. By joining the program and getting your flock tested for P&T, you can access these markets and increase your revenue potential.

  3. Improved bird health and productivity: P&T can cause reduced egg production, decreased weight gain, and even death in your birds. By getting them tested and eliminating carriers, you can ensure that your flock stays healthy and productive. This translates into higher quality products and better profitability for your business.

  4. Educational resources: Joining the NPIP also means you'll have access to educational resources on poultry health and disease prevention. This can help you make informed decisions about the management of your flock and ensure that your birds stay healthy.

Furthermore, getting your flock tested for P&T and joining the NPIP can also enable you to exhibit your birds at the fair or poultry show. Many shows require participants to have their birds tested and certified as disease-free before allowing them to enter. Participating in poultry shows and fairs can be a great way to showcase your birds, gain recognition for your breeding program, and connect with other poultry enthusiasts.

If you plan to exhibit your birds at a fair or poultry show, it's important to know the requirements for entry. In many cases, participants are required to show proof that their birds have been tested and certified as disease-free within a certain timeframe before the event. This usually involves getting your birds tested for P&T and other diseases through the NPIP. The timing for testing and certification can vary by state or region, so be sure to check with the organizers of the specific event you plan to attend. In some cases, you may need to have your birds tested and certified up to 90 days before the show.

If you're unable to meet the testing and certification requirements, another option is to purchase your flock from a registered NPIP hatchery. This ensures that your birds are already certified as disease-free and can be safely exhibited at the event.

In conclusion, getting your flock tested for P&T and joining the NPIP is a smart investment for any poultry farmer. It helps prevent disease transmission, improves market access, increases bird health and productivity, and provides access to valuable educational resources. If you plan to exhibit your birds at a fair or poultry show, be sure to check the requirements for entry and make sure your birds meet the necessary criteria. By doing so, you can protect the health of your flock, showcase your birds, and potentially increase your revenue potential.

Indiana Resources

Indiana State Poultry Association

T-12 Mailer Free- https://www.inpoultry.com/t12mailer

Find dealers and hatcheries in your state that participate in NPIP

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