Wisconsin Tested Poultry Flocks
Poultry and game birds sold or moved within Wisconsin – whether for breeding, hatching, sale or show – have until now been required to be from flocks enrolled in or associated with the National Poultry Improvement Program (NPIP). Now, small poultry and game bird producers in Wisconsin have an alternative if they want to sell or move live birds or eggs, or take live birds to fairs, swap meets and exhibitions. They can enroll with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection as Wisconsin tested flocks or Wisconsin associate flocks.
Pullorum testing certification seminars coming up
Pullorum testing is overwhelmingly popular this year, so to accommodate the requests DATCP has scheduled two training seminars. The first will be held Wednesday evening, April 10, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the main office of the Hancock Agricultural Research Station, located at N3909 County Rd V, Hancock, Wis. The second will be held Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 9:30 a.m. – Noon in the 1st floor Board Room of DATCP headquarters located at 2811 Agriculture Drive in Madison. Both seminars are 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. Testers don't 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 such as pullorum and mycoplasma gallisepticum.
Pre-registration is required – please contact Margie Proost as soon as possible to register at 608-224-4877 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to PO Box 8911, Madison, WI 53708-8911.
The $25 fee to become certified must be mailed to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection within two weeks after attending a seminar along with a form that will be supplied at the seminar.
Enrollment in Flock Programs
To enroll a flock as a Wisconsin tested flock, the owner must test annually for Salmonella pullorum, fowl typhoid and, in the case of turkeys, Mycoplasma gallisepticum. A Wisconsin associate flock consists entirely of birds obtained from a Wisconsin tested flock. It's free to enroll in either program. Enrolled flocks can be tested by a certified poultry tester. To find a tester in your area, call 608-224-4872.
Enrollment in these testing programs allows you to move birds or hatching eggs within Wisconsin. Poultry, game birds, or hatching eggs imported from other states must still be from NPIP flocks, or equivalent programs in the state where they originate. If you are sending birds or hatching eggs out of Wisconsin, you'll need to comply with the regulations of the destination state.
If you are raising birds only for your own use, or selling dressed poultry or eggs for eating, your birds do not need to be tested.
Wisconsin Tested Flock Enrollment Form - 2 page PDF
Wisconsin Associate Flock Enrollment Form - 2 page PDF
Wisconsin Intrastate Sale of Poultry/Eggs Record Form - 1 page PDF
Test form - 2 page PDF
Certified poultry testers by county - 22 page PDF
National Poultry Improvement Plan Application - 2 page PDF