Disease and pest management planning
A massively overlooked part of beekeeping is planning I know a start-up invested £37,000 of his redundancy in to beekeeping in May of 2012 and had £0.00 by the spring of 2013.
they had been keeping bees for 5 years beforehand
This is so important as you expand your beekeeping operation and is something you want to keep in mind
From the early stages of growing as it is something that can wipe you out.
It is still an important factor when you only have a few hives but when you start to scale up the cost of losses can and will run in to the thousands.
and in the case of AFB (American Foul Brood) be even higher with the destruction of equipment as well as the bees.
As more and more beekeeper are bitten by the bug to expand and grow in to a full-time business or part-time planning is a key point many miss out.
Many of these start-ups are by beekeepers with little or no knowledge with very few seasons under their belts some with only one or two years!
This is not a massive problem as the large majority learn on the run. We all have to start somewhere some like to start at a slow walk some at a sprint all guns blazing.
I have seen new beekeepers turn it in to a business in their first two years and be successful moving forward! But the important thing is planning
keeping your bees healthy and ALIVE!!
Here’s were it gets tricky there is no set plan to follow there never will be every area every apiary every beekeeper is different you have to create your own!
This is where many fail and in most cases, fail BIG.
Monitoring and education is the key if you don’t know what’s happening with your bees your lost before you start so if you don’t actively look and know what you’re looking at or for you will FAIL!!
This is why you need a plan first educate yourself on the problems you’re going to face and how to deal or prevent them it sounds daunting to be honest taken one at a time you can
Easily do it there are loads of resources out there to help.
Varroa Mites are the number one killer of Honeybees it the viruses the pass to the bees more than anything than ends the colony. Too many think if I can’t physically see them it’s not a problem
wrong you need a plan to deal with them and that starts with how you will monitor the levels of mites TIP: Don’t rely on that sticky board to do counts you need a reliable method such as an alcohol wash.
take a look at Randy Oliver scientific beekeeping .com
Tip number 2: Treatment Free Beekeeping is not an option to 99.9999%
There are a lot of problems out there to overcome and new ones on their way some we know are coming some we don’t!! Over the coming season 2018 i will be doing a series of Youtube video’s that may help with many of theses issues and i will actively encouraging questions from those interested.
the list below is not a full list but somewhere to start.
- Varroa Mites
- Nosema Ceranae
- Nosema Apis
- Chalk Brood
- Sac Brood
- Half Moon Syndrome
- Wax Moth
- Tracheal Mites / Acarine
- The viruses caused by Varroa Mites
- Small Hive Beetle / Asian Hornet / Tropilaelaps