Livestock & Poultry

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Poultry Health/NPIP Programs

National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP)

Pullorum Typhoid Antigen is now available to NPIP blood testers from Charles River Labs. This can be purchased at

To join our Subpart E flock certification waitlist for 2021, please follow the Subpart E link to the left of this page and complete the online form.

For assistance or questions regarding NPIP:

Andrea Andrews:
NPIP Coordinator
(501) 823-1747 or
(501) 414-5430 (cell)

Faye Ratthasombath:
NPIP Administrative Coordinator
(501) 823-1717 

Lorie Bray:
NPIP Administrative Specialist
(501) 823-1746

NPIP Program Background

NPIP Participation in Arkansas (please use map)

The National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) is a cooperative Federal-State-Industry mechanism developed for controlling certain poultry diseases. The Plan consists of a variety of programs intended to prevent and control egg-transmitted, hatchery disseminated poultry diseases. NPIP identifies states, flocks, hatcheries, and dealers that meet certain disease control standards specified in the various programs. As a result, customers can buy poultry that has tested clean of certain diseases or that has been produced under disease-prevention conditions. Being a member of NPIP also allows greater ease in moving hatching eggs/live birds within the state, across state lines, and into other countries. In fact, most countries will not accept hatching eggs/live birds unless they can be shown to be an NPIP participant.

Presently under the National Poultry Improvement Plan, Arkansas is proud to be designated as a "U.S. Pullorum-Typhoid Clean State" in both chickens and turkeys, as well as a "U.S. Mycoplasma gallisepticum Clean State" in turkeys.

NPIP participants are classified under the following categories(subparts):

  • Subpart B - Egg-Type Chicken
  • Subpart C - Meat-Multiplier Type Chicken
  • Subpart D - Turkey
  • Subpart E - Waterfowl, Exhibition Poultry, and Game Bird Breeding Flocks 
  • Subpart H - Meat-Primary Type Chicken

For a list of NPIP Participants by State follow the link and select the desired state.

NPIP Flock/Hatchery Programs Available for the Commercial Sector (Subparts B, C, D, H):

  • Pullorum-Typhoid Clean 
  • Mycoplasma gallisepticum Clean 
  • Mycoplasma synoviae Clean 
  • Mycoplasma meleagridis Clean 
  • Avian Influenza Clean 
  • Salmonella enteritidis Clean 
  • Mycoplasma gallisepticum Monitored 
  • Mycoplasma synoviae Monitored 
  • Salmonella Monitored 
  • Sanitation Monitored 

NPIP Flock/Hatchery Programs available for the waterfowl, exhibition poultry, and game bird flocks (Subpart E):

  • Pullorum-Typhoid Clean 

Blood Testing School Information:

Blood Tester Schools 2020 Video

The NPIP Division licenses individuals to blood test birds for Salmonella (pullorum) and Salmonella (typhoid), which also allows private testers to fill out 90 Day certificates for tested birds. This licensing enables persons to blood test their own birds, as well as other individuals' birds. Private individuals wanting to do this testing for county fairs, shows, flea markets, sales, etc. can complete our on-line blood testing schools and test only for P-T Certifications.

Commercial Blood Testing Schools are held for employees of poultry companies to enable them to blood test the commercial flocks for NPIP programs.  

Click here to view Fees Schedule for Schools.

2020 Testing School materials can be found below. Call 501 823-1717 for more information or to request test materials.

NPIP 2020 Blood Tester 2.0 INTRO

NPIP Biosecurity

2020 PT Tester Dr. Conger

Poultry Diseases 2020

For a list of CERTIFIED PRIVATE TESTERS by county in Arkansas, see: Private Tester 2020 List.

Subpart E (Flock Certification) - Waterfowl, Exhibition Poultry, and Game Bird Breeding Flocks

The NPIP Subpart E Program refers to private or "backyard" flock certification. A state inspector will examine your premises and test your poultry to renew your certification annually. Please review the Recommended Documents for Subpart E Participants before requesting your inspection.

General Participation

Any person may participate in the plan when he/she has demonstrated, to the satisfaction of Arkansas Livestock & Poultry Commission (ALPC), that the facilities and practices are adequate for carrying out the provisions of the plan and has signed an agreement with ALPC to comply with the general and the applicable specific provisions of the Plan and any regulations of ALPC.

 Each participant shall comply with the Plan throughout the operating year - full 12 months.

  • Participating flocks receive a Salmonella pullorum-free certified status, which covers the following 12 months.  This certificate is recognized through-out the United States and the world as meeting entry requirements regarding Salmonella pullorum.
  • In addition, an annual directory is published and distributed nationwide listing all participants and the breeds on record for that producer. 

Fee Schedule for Subpart E/Private Flocks/Backyard Certification: 

 Inspection $30.00
 Testing, per bird $0.15
 Banding, per bird $0.15
 Incubator//Hatcher Swabs- :
        1-4 swabs
        5-8 swabs

 Additional swabs-$7 per set of 4

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