Re: Got a Visit from the Bee Inspector.
Yes, each State is different. Whenh NY had a full compliment of 18 or 20 Apiary Inspectors the main focus of Inspection was the finding of American Foulbrood Disease and other brood diseases and determining the presence and level of Tracheal mite and/or Varroa mite infestation.
If AFB was found a Quarantine and Abatement Order was issued requiring the owner, under State Law, to kill the bees of that colony and to burn or deeply bury the equipment. Scorching of supers and other hive parts was acceptable. Completely burning up the boxes is not necassary. Once the disease was destroyed, under supervision of an Inspector, a Quarantine and Abatement release form was issued. The Quarantine and Abatement Order carrys a fine for noncompliance, otherwise no penalty is attatched to the Order. Historically no fines have ever been claimed by the State.
No health certificate was issued. Simply a report of findings, unless disease was found, as described above. If one wishes to transport colonies from one State to another a Certificate of Health is issued after Inspection.
The Eastern States of the United States have an agreement on what they accept as far as an Inspection for InterState Transportation. Generally this is an Inspection of at least 10% of the colonies to be transported.
Failing doesn't come into it exactly, the point is to maintain a healthy population of beehives w/in a State. I guess one could look at presence or absence of disease as a pass or fail.
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