SC Small Flock Certification Program

Clemson University Extension Service, CU Livestock Poultry Health Division and the SC Department of Agriculture have developed the Small Flock Certification Program, designed to educate flock owners on poultry diseases, biosecurity, management practices and to bring small poultry flocks into compliance with the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP). This program is a component of the SC Ag-Watch Program (, since emergency type poultry diseases like Avian Influenza and Exotic Newcastle Disease can cause severe economic impacts to both small and commercial flocks. Preventing disease infestations in all flocks is essential. In addition, following the Small Flock Certification Program provides small flock owners with better quality poultry through education and disease monitoring.

Small Flock Certification minimum requirements:

  • Small flock owners must attend 3 of the Clemson Extension Backyard Poultry Seminars that include the topics of:
      • Feeding, housing and managing a flock
      • Poultry diseases, pest management and biosecurity
      • NPIP and Small Flock Certification
  • Breeder flocks are certified as NPIP Pullorum/Typhoid Clean Flock; or all poultry are received from NPIP Pullorum/Typhoid Clean breeders for farms containing no breeder birds, such as free-range, game birds, etc.
  • Pass a farm NPIP and biosecurity inspection to assure that the flock owner is adhering to the criteria endorsed in the educational workshops.
  • Farm premises registration with Clemson Livestock Poultry Health.
  • Membership of a state or national poultry organization. The purpose of membership in a recognized poultry organization is not only to strengthen these organizations, but to increase the quality of birds, management practices and to help in the dissemination of education programs.

Avian Influenza testing is an additional option as part of the either the NPIP AI Clean program or the SFC-AI Tested Flock program.

Upcoming Seminars

For more information, contact: Dr. Julie Helm at 803-726-7802, 803-260-6442 (