Re: Paring Down for Winter, September Snapshot
I think the notion of 'population husbandry' is the critical thing. The core of the approach is the 'husbanding' ('taking care of') the (best) genes down the generations. This is exactly how all competent commercial beekeepers worked (here in Europe anyway) until quite recently. You can see it in, for example R.O.B. Manley's, or Ruttners books, written in the mid 20th C. And of course its how all animal and plant husbandry worked until the modern age of specialist seed and breeding stock suppliers came along. So the description 'traditional' is right and proper.
The 'orthodox' method nowadays is the veterinary approach. We can't have that.
What we do is a breeding approach. But that won't work as the big specialised breeders own it. 'Backyard breeding' might be right.
In my view the dividing off of treatment and non-treatment was a necessary step, but its a blunt tool, and a slightly misleading label. It allows things like brood breaks and small cell alone to count - and imo its breeding that really makes the difference.
'Traditional genetic husbandry' is the best description I can think of. If it is a mouthfull, at least it has the value of drawing attention to the part that really matters.
The race isn't always to the swift, nor the fight to the strong, but that's the way to bet