Re: Treatment Free Commercial Beekeepers?
Yes we've been reading that stuff for a while, it's not exactly new.
Originally Posted by rhaldridge
In my country, when varroa made it's presence felt in year 2000, there were 350,000 managed hives, and an estimated 4 million wild ones. Now, the wild ones number close to zero, other than escaped swarms which last one season. But despite the books and doomsday scenarios, managed hives have increased to 450,000 now.
However here we are not faced with all the same problems as US beekeepers. I have huge respect for US commercial beekeepers. They are nothing if not adaptable. Wiley, intelligent people who stare adversity and new threats in the face, and somehow make yet another profit, each year.
It must be galling for them to hear their doom constantly being predicted by alarmist new age book writers, movie makers & similar, who are beekeeping neophytes, if they even have any bees.
44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).