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Originally Posted by Egghead_Jr View Post

NPIP is the pullorum test. It's administered through your state Agriculture Department. That's all it was originally. Each state has or has not added a few other things to the certification over the years. But all NPIP is is poultry improvement through pulorum free bird certification. Due to the anxiety of people over Avian Influenza in recent years it has been added in many states. Even states that are far away where there was an outbreak. I live in Vermont, you can't get much further from any recorded case of AI. My state now tests for it. Knee jerk politics that make little sense. Some states test for Mereks. You don't know what your state does until you call. You don't know how it's administered (via local vets or state vets) until you call. Each state runs the program differently the only thread that holds it all together is poultry are pullorum free and there is a paper trail if any flock contracts it for quick response to contain.
I wil probably never become Npip certified as I do not want to be limited to what birds I can get. For me it would be a waste of time and money, as I have a tendency to purchase on impulse and would not be able to pass on a healthy bird from an untested flock.
post #122 of 122
Mississippi..

I'll be glad to help with information regarding NPIP Testing. If you would send me your full name, address, and phone number we will add you to our testing list. We are currently a little behind on our testing. We are just now starting on the January list, so depending on the area you are in it could be a few weeks before we get to you.

Once you are on the list we will contact you when we are in your area to set up the best time to do the testing. We test on Monday-Friday and our working hours are 8:00 am -5:00 pm. To do the testing we do ask that there be someone there to assist in catching and holding birds for the tester. If you are doing strictly backyard birds for your own use we will test around 10-15 birds. If you plan to do out of state shipping/showing we will need to test at least 30 birds, or if you have less than 30 we test all birds over 5 months of age.

The once a year testing is free and will include PT (Pullorum & Fowl Typhoid) testing, which is a blood sample from the wing, and H5/H7 AI (Avian Influenza) testing, which is a swab of the mouth. Birds must be at least 5 months old to be tested. If your birds are not 5 months old call or email us when they are and we will add you to the list at that time.

Please let us know in advance if you will be doing out of state shipping and/or showing of birds and/or hatching eggs because there is other information that we require for that process. Also, if you need an Egg Permit because you plan to sell eggs at farmers markets or sell more than 6 dozen eggs a week let us know. We will do the Egg Inspection for the Department of Agriculture when we are there and give you the contact information for permits.

I have information below about the three different Mississippi testing programs. Please let us know which program would best fit for you.

Mississippi PT Program - Test 10-15 birds for PT & AI once a year, Birds are legal to be transported or shipped in Mississippi Only, Open flock where birds can be bought, sold, traded to anyone, and Eggs can be sold at Farmers Markets with proper permits from the Mississippi Department of Agriculture

National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) - Test 10-15 birds for PT & AI once a year, Birds are legal to be transported or shipped in Mississippi Only, Closed flock where birds can only be bought from other NPIP members, Birds can be sold to anyone, and Eggs can be sold at Farmers Markets with proper permits from the Mississippi Department of Agriculture

National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) AI H5/H7 Clean - Test 30 birds for PT & AI twice a year, Birds are legal to be shipped nation wide with 9-3 Forms and proper state import permits/requirements, Closed flock where birds can only be bought from other NPIP members, Birds can be sold to anyone, and Eggs can be sold at Farmers Markets with proper permits from the Mississippi Department of Agriculture

If you have any questions you can reach my by email or at 601-540-0174 or Jeff Vance the NPIP Tester/Poultry Epidemiologist at 601-540-5937 / jeffv@mdac.ms.gov.



Thanks,
Megan
Megan White
Poultry Epidemiologist
Mississippi Board of Animal Health
PO Box 18920
Hattiesburg, MS 39404
601-540-0174
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