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Hawke’s Bay Today – Hobbyist beekeepers stung by criticism

In my opinion I don’t see how a Top Bar hive is any harder to inspect that a Langstroth hive.

The assertion here seems to be that people with top bar hives don’t inspect their hives as much as other beekeepers. I don’t know if this is the case or not.

But I have seen abandon Langstroth hives in my travels, so should we also ban these? Why not just ban useless beekeepers instead.

The Danger when you start banning something, you may drive people underground and they will not register their hives. This would be a terrible move in the efforts to try and remove AFB from New Zealand.

What do you think? Should we ban Top bar Hives, please comment below…

Hobby beekeepers are increasing the risk of spreading disease, the National Beekeeping Association says.

But local top bar beekeepers are disputing allegations that the hives are difficult to check for disease.

Association chairman Franz Laas said a recent trend towards top bar hives were problematic because they were difficult to check for diseases

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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.

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  1. My name is Diego, I am from Uruguay and the beekeeping its not about I love nature I love bees, Its a profession and an industry where there is significant commercial potential, so you have to ve very ressponsable and take care your bees, your hives, studying about bees, food, diseases, etc, and American Foulbrood its the worst disease you can have in a hive, and varroa mite too. So if you going to leave beekeeping speak with another beekeeper who can check your hives, and you know you can sale your bees to him.

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