Re: How many hives did you loose? How do they look now? Are they still going backwar
This is a very important issue that I wish we could standardize as an industry.
Originally Posted by Honey-4-All
Every year I am subjected to at least 4 surveys that include questions about winter losses.
There is all together WAY too much room for variation and fuzzy math without a standard definition that we all understand and apply to our situation.
So here is my formula, one that soley has to do with hive numbers and almost nothing to do with the calendar:
When I give you my "winter loss" I am actually taking the highest number of hives that you had in the previous year and comparing that number to the amount that sucsessfully makes it through winter.
What I am really reporting is ANNUAL LOSS.
My loss from peak numbers this year is 5.5% There is no fudging or waffling. The number going to Almonds is subtracted from the highest amount in the prevoius year right down to the swarm hived behind the barn.
No artificial dates or excuses.
Any thing short of that really gives us an unknown number because the dates and rules for counting are all over the place.
If you have 2000 hives on June 15th or when ever you hit your high number, and no more boxes are filled and take 1800 to almonds you have a 10% loss for the previous year.
Simple and meaningful.
Just say NO to excuse-izm!
If my bees die, I am responsible.