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POULTRY: Free H5N1 Testing
Joined: January 08 2009
Posted: October 16 2010 at 7:00am
Pullorum and Avian Flu testing
Opportunities for Ohio Fanciers
If you live in Ohio, and raise any kind of poultry (chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, or pheasants), there is a new opportunity for you to get your birds tested for showing and / or selling. If you have your birds blood tested for pullorum and swabbed for avian flu--- then the testing is free! This will save you the cost of paying for antigen and mileage for the tester to do only the pullorum tests.
This is a program utilizing the cooperation of fanciers, the Ohio Poultry Association, and the Ohio
Department of Agriculture. The tester is a fellow breeder, showman, and fancier who is well acquainted
with show poultry.
The tester samples part of your flock – up to 30 birds of your choosing. You immediately receive a form VS 9-2
certifying the pullorum test results. The AI swabs are sent to the lab and the results are mailed to you. There is
no charge for these tests.
You can stop at this point, meeting the annual pullorum test requirement. However, if you wish to take your flock to the next level, you can become NPIP certified (National Poultry Improvement Plan). This just takes a few more pieces of paperwork and there is a charge to register. You would then receive an NPIP number and be listed in the National NPIP book by state and breeds / varieties that you raise, show, or sell.
If you want to arrange testing of your birds, or just get more information, then call---
Mike Stichler 419-565-3197
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