We just received a notice from our provincial bee inspector that small hive beetle has been found in shipments of queens from Hawaii at their destinations in Manitoba and Alberta. And I inquired locally about why we import them.
I was told that we have to import them, as people cannot raise their own queens here early enough to split in May.
But isn't that just a management issue? Do we need to split in May?
If you COULD NOT import queens from other regions, could you manage your operation in a way which would allow you continued success using only locally raised queens?
Assuming a region has enough local beekeepers and bees to begin with, how could a region manage their operations in order to eliminate - or absolutely minimize the importation of queens from other geographic locations?