US SHIP is modeled after the very successful National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) that has been in place since 1935. US SHIP is intended to provide a national program for certifying health status and is initially focused on African Swine Fever (ASF) and Classical Swine Fever (CSF). Our state has committed to participating in US SHIP and we encourage all of our swine producers to enroll their production and packing site(s) in this unique program. Industry and state representation from our state attended the inaugural US SHIP House of Delegates in August 2021 and approved the initial requirements for certification in the program.
The benefits of US SHIP enrollment include:
- Strengthened ASF/CSF preparedness (prevention, response and recovery) for our state.
- Establish a uniform biosecurity, traceability, sampling/testing approach across participating states in “peacetime” as well as “wartime.”
- Participation in a collaborative industry (producers/packers), state, and federal program in which producers can help establish appropriate standards for health certification.
Enrollment in US SHIP is by site and is fairly straightforward:
- Complete the enrollment form (either single premises or multi-premises form).
- Complete the biosecurity enrollment survey provided after you submit your enrollment form.
- Show ability to provide 30 days of swine movement records in an electronic format.