The Idaho State Department of Agriculture is the coordinating agency for the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) for the state of Idaho. We encourage all poultry and game bird raisers and producers to become members of the NPIP. The main emphasis of the NPIP is to ensure the health and quality of avian flocks. The Program provides for a method of standardized certification that is recognized nationwide, and enhances a producer's ability to engage in commercial sales and interstate transport of adult birds, chicks and hatching eggs. Listed below is a brief step-by-step overview of the initial requirements to begin participating in the National Poultry Improvement Plan.

NOTE: Please contact prior to beginning the following steps.

  • An initial inspection of the premises and housing facilities, brooding facilities, etc., will be conducted prior to certification.
  • Order required equipment
  • Once the equipment is received, initial training on how to conduct the Salmonella pullorum/typhoid test will be conducted.
    • It is preferable that each flock owner be trained and certified to conduct the testing on their own flocks. This helps the owner to manage the testing on a convenient schedule and gives the owner a good handle on the health of the flock. It is usually more economical for the owner to conduct their own Salmonella pullorum/typhoid testing.
    • The inspection of the premises and the training of the testing will be combined into one visit.
  • Initial Flock Testing: Test 300 birds per flock for Salmonella pullorum/typhoid each year. An official testing report form will be completed and mailed to:
      • Animal Health Labs
        2230 Old Penitentiary Road
        Boise, ID 83712
    • If there are less than 300 birds in the flock, then all birds must be tested. If the flock is greater than 300 birds, then only 300 birds must be tested. With the close and connecting pens that most game bird and wild fowl farms have, the premises would probably be considered as one whole flock. That would be established during the farm inspection.
    • Avian Influenza (AI) testing is optional for NPIP participants. The sampling and testing is performed by the ISDA at no cost as long as federal funding is available for AI monitoring. If you ship birds out of state, an AI test may be required for entry.
    • An NPIP "Report of Sales" booklet (VS FORM 9-3) and a set of instructions on how to properly use the forms will be sent to the farm owner. The forms indicate that the farm owner is a participant in the NPIP. One form should be filled out for each shipment from the farm and the appropriate copies distributed to the required agencies.
    • At the beginning of each calendar year, the official testing report form will be sent to all farm owners. A representative testing of 300 birds, randomly selected throughout the flock, will be conducted by the owner in order to continue certification.

The full requirements of the Plan are listed in "Subpart E" of the USDA, APHIS, VS Booklet 91-40, "National Poultry Improvement Plan and Auxiliary Provisions". http// This booklet may be ordered from It may, also, be ordered on a CD for your convenience.

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Required Equipment:

Following is a minimum equipment list for the NPIP certification with contact information for ordering.

Pullorum Testing Unit (complete): Includes the warming box, the testing plates and the combination bleeder and blood loop. Order from:

KUHL Intercontinental Corporation
Plummington, New Jersey
Phone Number: 901-782-5696
web site:

Salmonella pullorum/typhoid antigen: Runs about 500 tests and the dropper is included in the bottle. Cost per bottle varies, depending on the suppliers cost. Special order this antigen from:

Animal Health Labs
2230 Old Penitentiary Road
Boise, ID 83712
Phone Number: 208-332-8570
Fax: 208-334-4619


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