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Chapter 507-3 FLOCK REQUIREMENTS

Rule 507-3-.01 Official Testing

An official test of a breeding flock is one that is made by an official testing agent, in which official leg bands and authorized antigen are used, and the test is made for a member hatchery. A separate flock report is required for each breeding flock on a premise that is officially tested.

Rule 507-3-.02 Reporting, Culling and Testing

(1) A flock-selecting and pullorum-testing report of every official test shall be forwarded to the state inspector within 7 days from the date that the test is made.
(2) All reactors to a pullorum-typhoid test shall be removed from the farm or disposed of to the satisfaction of the state inspector, within seven (7) days from notification of results of the test, unless disposal of the birds is delayed for bacteriological examination. If bacteriological examination demonstrates positive pullorum-typhoid infection, all reactors must be disposed of promptly as herein provided.
(3) The minimum charge for plate testing and selecting shall be 3 1/2 cents per bird excluding cost of leg bands. Leg bands must be secured from the official state agency through hatcheries or dealer.
(4) Fees and Charges for the following blood tests are:

 

Georgia Flocks* Sample Collected By

Out-of-State* Sample Collected By

 

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OSA**

Other

OSA**

Other

(a) Pullorum-Typhoid

0

12¢

(b) Typhimurium

0

12¢

10¢

(a) & (b) using sample

15¢

10¢

(c) M. Gallisepticum

16¢

(c) using same sample as (a)

18¢

11¢

(c) using same sample as (b)

18¢

11¢

(c) using same as (a) & (b)

10¢

21¢

16¢

*Georgia flocks are flocks located in the State or flocks owned by Georgia based firms and located within 500 miles of Oakwood, Georgia. Out-of-state flocks are flocks not owned by Georgia based firms and located outside the State but within 500 miles of Oakwood, Georgia. Charges for flocks located beyond the 500 mile limit will be determined on an individual basis but shall not be less than the charges established for flocks within the 500 mile limit.

**Charges for blood collecting by Official State Agency personnel (OSA) are $7.50 per man/hour for bleeders and banders for all time between arrival at and departure from the farm. Sample collection includes delivery of the samples of the laboratory in Oakwood, Georgia.

(5) Birds may be transferred to a new owner without loss of pullorum-typhoid classification, provided that all requirements for approval are complied with.
(6) When it has been determined that Salmonella Pullorum or Fowl Typhoid exists in a breeder flock currently producing hatching eggs, the flock shall be retested at intervals of not less than 21 days from date of last test until two negative tests are obtained. In the interim, no eggs shall be used from the flock in question for hatching purposes.
(7) The tube agglutination test shall be required for all pullorum-typhoid testing of turkeys.

Rule 507-3-.03 Qualification

(1) To qualify under the plan, a participating flock must meet the pullorum-typhoid classification of the hatchery or dealer to which it is supply hatching eggs.
(2) A Ga. U. S. Approved flock shall be any affiliated flock that is participating in the National Poultry Improvement Plan or the National Turkey Improvement Plan through an agreement with a Ga. U. S. Approved hatchery or dealer, and is acceptable to the official state agency. Such flocks shall meet the selection requirements of constitutional vigor, absence of serious physical deformities, and display characteristics for meat and/or egg production. In pure-bred flocks the selection shall be consistent with the characteristics of the breed. In cross-bred or cross-mated flocks for broiler chicks, a reasonable tolerance for physical disqualifications, color variation, and defects not seriously interfering with the value for broiler production, may be allowed.
(3) Only one breed, cross-breed, or variety of male and one breed, cross-breed, or variety of female, shall be mated in a Ga. U. S. Approved Flock.
(4) A flock owner wishing to supply hatching eggs to more than one hatchery and/or hatching egg dealer from the same farm or farms, must first qualify as a hatching egg dealer.

Rule 507-3-.04 Turkeys, Other Domestic Fowls

(1) All turkey eight (8) months of age on a farm, shall be tested to meet the pullorum-typhoid classification of any participating turkey flock, and reported to the official state agency.
(2) All domesticated fowl on a farm other than chickens and turkeys provided for in paragraph (1) above, shall be tested to meet the pullorum-typhoid classification of any participating flock on the farm when they reach maturity or when more than 5 months of age, whichever is first, and reported official state agency.

Rule 507-3-.05 Banding Amended

(1) Official leg bands and NPIP and NTIP Report Forms, shall be used only in connection with the testing of any flock which is to supply hatching eggs to a participating hatchery or dealer.
(2) All birds which are required to be bloodtested for the purpose of classifying any participating flock shall be officially leg banded at time of testing.