Pullorum Testing Collection Clinics to enter SC Poultry Fall Fairs and Shows
Currently there is a National Pullorum testing antigen shortage to run the on-site Pullorum test. There will be no last minute testing at the fair/show door available for the early fall shows this year. Look below for the Pullorum Testing Collection Clinic schedule.
Cost is $2.00 per bird (exact cash only, no checks or credit cards accepted) for the general public. 4-H show birds will be covered under another Small Flock account – the 4-H leader must organize this through Dr. Mickey Hall.
Pickens County - October 31, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Pickens County Career and Technology Center, Room 216, 990 Chastain Rd, Liberty, SC 29657
This negative Pullorum test will be valid for SC birds to go to SC shows until January 31, 2020.
Birds to be Pullorum tested negative to enter the fair/show include: chickens, turkeys, quail, pheasant, peafowl, partridge, grouse, guineas, ducks and geese.
Birds will be banded and blood samples will be collected and shipped to the GA Lab to perform the Pullorum Tube Lab Test. Results will be mailed to the bird owner in about 7-10 days. Attend the collection clinic 2-4 weeks prior to the show to give time for the wing bruise from blood collection with a needle and syringe to heal and disappear.
SC poultry attending a show or fair must have an individual Pullorum negative test within 90 days of entering the show or be certified with the NPIP Pullorum Clean program. In the past, fairs and shows have made available a NPIP Tester to Pullorum plate test each bird as they checked in. Currently there is a National Pullorum testing antigen shortage to run the on-site Pullorum test. There will be no last minute testing at the fair/show door available for the early fall shows this year.
Doves and pigeons do not need to be tested for Pullorum – they do not get Pullorum Disease.
For SC birds going to a SC show, this Pullorum test is good for 90 days after the collection date to attend SC shows/fairs.
There will be no new flock NPIP Clean certification testing until the Pullorum plate testing antigen is available again.
** Current NPIP Pullorum Clean flocks – you do not bring your birds to the clinics for blood collection. We will take care of you at your farm before your Clean certification expires.
Julie Helm, DVM
SC NPIP State Inspector
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