Well Michael, your certainly entitled to your comments, so no need to pull fur out over it...... I did look closer at the study info where the lost 60% And the glaring issue the shows up is the timing of the requeen. When you install a package and then requeen it 2 months later with "local queens" you unwittingly gave them a huge advantage. you have in effect done a brood break for mites. That alone will explain a huge difference in survival. I am not sure if the guys putting out this info do it on purpose, or just don't think it thru. I tend to believe for the most part its intentional misleading. Seems to be some money involved.
I do know when you hang around with guys who think alike your going to hear the same stories...its group mentality. I assume Michael that your customers are going to tell you that stuff. Just as many of mine love their packages....... The question is can you look past it and get to the bottom of it?
Reality is that a packages is a queen and some support staff. in 2 months. all that support is gone. so how well the queen is mated and produces is really the key.
I do wonder at times how we get good queens at all from some areas. the sheer number of queens to be breed makes me wonder where the heck all the drones can come from! but it does seem to happen.
Like I said before, despite all the rhetoric, there doesn't seem to be a magic bullet. look at your operation and decide what fits.