National Poultry Improvement Plan

"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure"
. . . . . . Benjamin Franklin

Prevention is the most effective method for dealing with disease. The National Poultry Improvement Plan was established to eliminate Pullorum Disease caused by Salmonella pullorum. The disease is transmitted from hen to chick through the egg. Breeder flocks are tested and any positive individuals are removed from the breeding flock. The NPIP program has since been extended to include testing and monitoring for Salmonella typhoid, Salmonella enteritis, Mycoplasma gallisepticum, and Avian Influenza. The NPIP currently involves commercial poultry, turkeys, waterfowl, exhibition poultry, backyard poultry, and game birds.

It is important to start your flock using NPIP certified birds. A list of NPIP participants can be found on the NPIP home page.

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National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP - USDA)

Summary of Kentucky NPIP regulations - each state is responsible for administration of the NPIP program

NPIP participants by state

Kentucky Representative:
Dr. Robert Stout, State Veterinarian, Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Division of Animal Health
100 Fair Oaks Lane, Suite 252
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: (502) 564-3956
Fax: (502) 564-7852

Additional contact person: Sue Billings, Deputy State Veterinarian -
Additional contact person: Sue Blair, Poultry Programs -

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