Re: Foulbrood then versus Varroa now
Ok. I suppose I would qualify if I quit shaving . Yes, a case could certainly be made that AFB was at least as bad as varroa in my recollection going back to the early 60's though I have only managed a commercial operation since the early 70's. Winter losses and infection rates ran high, so high that many operations would have gone out of business if they had burned every hive that showed any symptoms. Many simply covered their losses each spring by booking lots of packages and treated with tm and/or sulfa and just carried on. Ahhhhh for the good ole days, complete with .15 to .25 honey. But, hey, it was easy to raise a crop, right? My back hurts just thinking about it.
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