Following the outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in the U.S. in 2014-2015, biosecurity measures were developed for inclusion in the National Poultry Improvement Program (NPIP) Standards. These biosecurity measures are intended to be the basic management practices needed to prevent the introduction and spread of infectious diseases.

This program impacts indemnity, which is payment for loss of birds due to HPAI. Producers must have a Biosecurity Plan in place addressing all components of the 14 biosecurity principles. If they do not, they may not qualify for indemnity. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health is the Official State Agency (OSA), and will conduct an audit of these biosecurity plans to verify they conform to the new NPIP Biosecurity Principles.

Although these Biosecurity Principles are applicable to all types and sizes of poultry production, the auditing portion will only be required for commercial poultry operations. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health will notify commercial poultry facilities when their audit will be conducted.

Please submit a NPIP Biosecurity Audit Information Form to the MPTL to ensure that the Board of Animal Health has the appropriate contact information to conduct an audit and to notify you of updates to this program.

Additional Resources

NPIP audit program standards

Click here to access the NPIP website. Once on the website, select “NPIP Program Standards” on the left column, then select “Biosecurity Principles.”

Here’s the information you’ll find on the website:

  • Biosecurity principles.
  • Audit forms.
  • Audit guidelines.

University of Minnesota Poultry Extension

For assistance or resources on how to implement these principles on your farm, please work with your veterinarian or contact Abby Neu [click here to email Abby] with the University of Minnesota Extension-Poultry (320-235-0726 extension 2019).