Listening to Mr. Oliver's presentation, I wondered why he doesn't just go treatment-free. I know he needs his bees to make money, but it only makes sense with the things he's talking about, selecting for weak bees, needing constant pressure from pests, etc. It really speaks to me to answer the question why so many newbees fail. They're given bees not adapted to their location, bees been treated, sometimes by law, packages and nucs with fresh unproven queens, packages which by their nature are already very stressed, and other things I'm sure I'll think of later.
I've received a couple comments 'round about, the gall I have to suggest anything to migratory beekeepers. Pay attention to the subject of this thread fellas. These are my conclusions from this presentation, what are yours? Let's be civil and intellectually honest about this and all discussions here in the Treatment-Free Beekeeping forum. Let's make this enjoyable and intellectually stimulating.