Can we prevent the "Bees Ripped Off", nightmares?
This probably should start another thread, but I post here.
Probably will ruffle a few feathers.
And yes it is important to me, I have been thru this before.
Welcome to the realities of CA pollination, stuff happens. I do not take this as a causual remark, but a look at the reality of pollination in Feb. of each year. IT IS TOUGH and takes more work and knowledge than just owning a bee hive.
Please refer to all past threads on CA almond pollination and artcles in ABF by Randy Oliver "California Dreaming"
I, inaddition to my own 2000 hives also manage 1400 for beeks that are sick & tired of coming to ca for the winter. I have had good bees & bad bees, They all looked good when they left.
Most beeks have had bees fall apart, I have seen hives that made 160lbs of honey in april & May in ca only to be dead 45 days later, we have large & small operator in ca that continue to have losses that they can't explain.
Most good bees got rented this year, many friend were long on hives at start of pollination from 1,000 to a few hundred, all rented back filling hives that did not pass inspection, ( they looked good 2 weeks before delivery).
This is the reality of CA pollination
I hope this situation will get resolved equitably.
Last post on subject by me
This will be my last post on this subject.
1.Let the free market take care of the system. Why do some always want rules.
IMO any rules suggeted (if any)need to be followed with the number of qualied hives that a person places into almond pollination, and only listen to the beeks that place 1,000 or more, or in short people with years of experiance.
2. Nothing was ever stolen, yes, expectation were not meet, but nothing stolen. Please refer to all articles on CA pollination and the reality of. This is a classic case of CA dreaming on all sides.
3. CA almond pollination, bees to pollinate on Feb. 5th each year is totaly different than growing a hive in April & May for summer honey. Its tough and expensive with inputs & labor.
4. The list of examples of problems beeks have had is to long, so I will give just one that happened this year in the Fresno area, no names will be used. Beek short 1000 hives for contract, calls friend (2)(Also beek) ask if he has extra hives to fill contract, he answers yes, I just inpected a semi load (512) 5 days ago they have a 7 to 8 frame ave. for strength. Delivered 2 days later, Beek (1) goes to inspect and finds a 3 frame ave., they will not meet grade for pollination. Beek (2) appologises greatly for the bad bees, they had just inspected them 8 days ago and they were good ( And they were good at inpection) Now the beek(2) has to gather up all bee and take them out and beek (1) has to still find additional hives to fill contract. This is just one small example of what can happen, beek2 did not get paid and had done a lot of work moving these hives around.
5. Thats all I have, I will not spend any more time on this