Today myself and Margaret did the American Foul Brood Recognition course and Exam that the Auckland Bee Club arranged. Thanks Guys for arranging the course.
The course was very interesting and we learnt a lot about recognising most of the Bee diseases we have in New Zealand and some that we hope that we never see.
The Bee Club President Kim Kneijber and Carol Downer the club Secretary were great presenters, Kim also brought in some American Foul Brood frames so we could see the disease first hand. I did have a smell but didn’t want to touch them.
We also had a chat at lunch time with Gary a local Bee Keeper to us and he said some of hives may have died after a local Strawberry farmer sprayed his crops with insecticides. This may be the cause of death of our Goldie hive. I will need to get hold of him and check the dates etc. It will be sad if that is the case, come on guys give the Bees a chance…Can’t farmers use organic sprays that don’t kill the Bees? Life is hard enough for them with all these diseases around.
We did the exam at the end of the day, but are still waiting for the results. We hope we have passed!!!