By: Peter Snyder
We are pleased to report that beekeepers in the United States have a new ally in the battle to identify a variety of honey bee diseases that damage hive health.
The National Agricultural Genotyping Center (NAGC), a not-for-profit testing facility located in Fargo, ND, has developed a test panel that covers nine viral and two bacterial diseases; this includes all currently known major honey bee diseases found in North America.
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Beekeeping, like every other action, has its dos and don’ts. Beginning beekeeping normally involves purchasing bees and the gear that is needed. However, some people who are beginning this avocation generally make several errors. It is ok to make mistakes, which post can help new beekeepers prevent making exactly the same mistakes others have in the past.
Here are three mistakes which every beekeeper should avoid:
1. Not knowing the best time to start a beekeeping business or hobby can prove to be a calamity. It can lead to some loss of your bees and cash. Winter is the worst possible time to start, since most bees expire during winter months. This would compel a beekeeper to purchase a new batch of bees, which would be more expensive money. Fall is another lousy time since you will find fewer blooms, so a smaller number of honey picked to start beekeeping. The best time to start beekeeping is during summer, which is the time of the year where there are loads of flowers that are blooming.
2. Purchasing used equipment and old books on beekeeping. This is a standard error made by many start beekeepers. It is understandable that one would desire to conserve money as much as possible, but buying used old and gear beekeeping novels isn’t a great thought. First, used equipment can come with “inherited” issues. The extractor factory outlet might have a flow, or the uncapping knife mightn’t be sharp enough to uncap all the wax. This would certainly affect the quality of one’s honey, which will ben’t an ideal scenario particularly if a beekeeper is planning to begin a honey-selling company. Second, old books can supply information that is aged on beekeeping. One might be stuck using the conventional approach when there are better and faster ways production honey and to keep beehives.
3. Refraining from buying protective gear. Think about this. He/she’ll most likely come out as a pincushion with all the bee stingers stuck to their body if one doesn’t wear protective gear when handling the hives and amassing the honeycombs. Protective equipment is not cheap, yes, but it will help beekeepers avert having to pay medical bills from all the bee stings.
These three mistakes happen to be presented here to help future beekeepers prevent them. Before getting started beekeeping, it’s best to consult with a professional beekeeper. If purchasing a particular item looks overly high-priced, consistently think about the end price ( in case that they don’t buy this thing now, will it cost them more later on?). In the long run, it’s up to the person to decide the best plan of action.