This section promotes the poultry industry by monitoring various diseases. We certify the commercial industry free of these diseases in order to maintain international markets.
The major disease, Pullorum-Typhoid, is monitored statewide through the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP). Oklahoma is a Pullorum-Typhoid Free state. As part of this program we instruct and certify individuals to be NPIP licensed poultry testers and have over 700 poultry flocks certified free of this disease. Since Pullorum-Typhoid is spread through the egg to the newly hatched chicks, each of Oklahoma’s commercial hatcheries, as well as many of the smaller hatcheries for quail, pheasant, turkey, guineas, grouse, waterfowl, game birds, and chickens are routinely inspected to assure the disease is not present. State and county fairs, exhibitions and poultry shows are routinely visited and poultry are tested to ensure no presence of the disease.