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AFB Recognition and DECA Exam

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!!!


Gary Fawcett

Gary enjoys designing new kiwimana products which we sell through our on-line shop.He is passionate about saving the Bees and encouraging urban beekeeping.Gary loves to write about issues that affect the Bees and our environment.He is also into tramping/walking in the beautiful New Zealand bush.

4 thoughts on “AFB Recognition and DECA Exam

  1. Congratulations guys on passing the DECA. Got my results showing a pass as well so good news all around.

  2. Thanks Rodney, congrats to you as well for passing the Exam. By the way you have a great gardening web site. I will add it to our link section for others to find. Thanks Gary

  3. Hi…could you help me please on starting the process of sitting Deca..who do i contact can it be done online etc?
    Many thanks! Jo

    1. Hi Jo,

      Most Bee clubs hold courses, the course normally takes a day and then you sit an exam on the same day. Grab a copy of the Yellow AFB book and read that before going to the course.

      In Auckland I know the Auckland Bee Clubs and Franklin Bee club hold courses every year.


      Gary Fawcett

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