Re: Australian Bee Imports in 2014?????
Could you please elaborate on this?
Originally Posted by Honey-4-All
I ask, because here in New Zealand, a neighbour to Australia but not Australia, we have not had mites as long as you in the US, so we are not as far down the track with tolerant bees as you guys. So mainly wanting to know if you mean the breeding is of bees that do poorly against mites, or some other thing.
My suspicion is that our NZ bees do not have near the mite resistance as a lot of US bees. But not allowed to import bees here so cannot run any comparisons.
BTW, it's highly unlikely you could possibly import apis cerana in an Australian package. The two species do not interbreed, and a cerana has a much smaller hive, not really suitable for a lang, although I've heard it has been done. I cannot imagine an Australian beekeeper accidentally housing a cerana, much less breed or make packages of them, or breed an a cerana queen by mistake.
Last edited by Barry; 05-04-2013 at 11:03 AM.
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44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).