Re: 2012 Dieback Already?
I blame our queens. All beekeepers want to talk about is varroa resistant, SMR, VHS, Hygenic, etc....
Originally Posted by Roland
I want good bees. Productive and gentle bees and I will take care of the mites.
Many of us are worried that queen producers are selecting ONLY for mite issues and ignoring all of the traits we have selected for over the years.
The queens I raise are grafted from the most gentle and productive hives.
Productive and gentle bees are what I attempt to purchase as well but sometimes I wonder.
It is the beekeeping community that is pressuring our queen producers to select for mite issues. I don't blame the producers; they are just listening to the misguided customer.
I have exactly ONE less dead-out than you.
That makes my opinion beyond dispute!