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A pullorum tester training seminar will be held on Thursday evening, April 10, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Schmeeckle Reserve Visitor Center, located at 2419 Northpoint Drive, Stevens Point, Wisconsin. This seminar is for people who would like to become a certified pullorum tester for poultry in Wisconsin. There is no cost to attend the seminar.
 
Certified testers can test their own or others' poultry so that flocks can qualify for the National Poultry Improvement Program, Wisconsin Tested Flock Program, or individual testing requirements. These testing programs allow owners to move birds for fairs, exhibits, and sales. Certified testers must be at least 18 years old, and adhere to NPIP and Wisconsin Tested Flock program standards. They do not need to be veterinarians or veterinary technicians. The seminar will explain the requirements for the poultry testing programs, and demonstrate how to test for poultry diseases – pullorum and mycoplasma gallisepticum.
 
Pre-registration is required – please contact Margie Proost by April 1, 2014 to register at 608-224-4877 or email to margaret.proost@wisconsin.gov.
 
The $25 fee to become certified must be mailed within two weeks after attending the seminar to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection along with a form that will be supplied at the seminar.
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