Re: I don't understand this complaint about treatment free beekeepers
It would be foolish to assume that Commercial Beekeepers, especially the Commercial Beekeepers I know personally and have heard speak here through beesource.com, don't desire to be free of the need to use treatments against varroa. Also especially those who recall what it was like before 1984, before mites. Economically speaking one could save so much in Labor and Cost of Treatment Materials.
Do folks starting out have any idea what it takes to change combs in even only 500 hives? It is not as simple as shaking all of ones colonies onto foundation and poof you have bees on new comb. Even were it that simple, do TF beginners know how much honey production would be lost and how much syrup would have to be fed to get foundation drawn. What the labor would be?
It could be done, but it would take years and it would take dicipline to keep equipment segregated and one would still have environmental contamination.
At what point would one start? What would there have to be before one started going TF on a large scale? Because once one goes down that road there is no other way to go or all that time work, and investment would be for naught.
"Beekeeping. It's a journey, not a destination." Mark Berninghausen