Re: Treatment Free - How long does it take?
How long does it take? Just a few months if you are particularly bad at it. Sorry just couldn't resist.
Just a gut feeling form what I have read. woudl guess 4 to 5 years to see the losses begin to taper off. Getting bees from other places does not seem to be a great idea. From what I have sen local bees adapting to local conditions is one of the battles. Bees that do well in one location do not necessarily fair well in another. So any specific location may be able to get bees from any other location and still do well. but the next person would see very different results.
Any progress in the efforts to breed disease resistant bees are a factor of their own. If it where me I would look at those sources for the most reliable lines of bees for going treatment free. can't really tell you why just my gut on the subject. I am not sure I would even mention that in a presentation. I certainly would not if I wanted the presentation to only be fairly reliable confirmed information. IF that where my criteria I think I would simply tell others. pick you poison and enter battle. I don't think blood lines etc are effective enough to make a difference at this time. The one that will work is the one you breed yourself through increase from the best.
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