Livestock & Poultry

Safeguarding human and animal health, assuring food safety and quality, and promoting Arkansas livestock and poultry industries for the benefit of our citizens

Poultry Health/NPIP Programs


Poultry owners should monitor their flocks and report any possible symptoms to the Arkansas Department of Agriculture at 501-823-1746.

2023 Blood Tester Schools

  • Little Rock: May 11th (Commercial) and 12th (Private)
  • Fayetteville: May 18th (Commercial) and 19th (Private)
  • Batesville: Pending

To join our Subpart E flock certification waitlist for 2023, click here to complete the online form.

For a list of CERTIFIED PRIVATE TESTERS by county in Arkansas, see Private Tester 2023 List.

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

For assistance or questions regarding NPIP:

Kevin Simmons
NPIP Coordinator

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

NPIP Administrative Specialist

NPIP Program Background

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 

Helpful Links

Defend the Flock information

National webpage

Biosecurity information