Welcome to the Kiwimana Blog post on the NBA (National Beekeepers' Association of NZ) Workshop we attended in Hamilton at the Claudelands Conference Centre.
The venue is a large place with lovely green lawns surrounding the building but I couldn't help but think that they really need a beautiful ‘wild-flower' garden, easy-care and less cost to manage than constant lawn-mowing! …oh and coincidently, be great for our Bees :).
Before the workshop, Gary contacted the NBA who gave us permission to record the workshop. We've done our best to provide you with separate Podcasts, for those of you who couldn't attend and for those others who want to re-live the conversations.
The Workshop, “Combating Varroa! The Future Beckons”, covered results of research work which has been conducted over recent years in New Zealand – on Mercury Island. This research aimed at studying Varroa mites and Bees, and ways on how we, and the Bees can fight against the Varroa mite (Varroa Destructor).
The workshop's main content being, VSH – Varroa Sensitive Hygiene. This is the name given to a trait that the Bees use to manage varroa. Simply put, the research is aimed at identifying those Bees, thereby their Queens, who have these traits. Once identified, then using their genes to breed Drones and Queens, therefore Bees – which have this same trait.
We have split the contents into 9 Blog posts (including this introductory one), please click on the title to go to that blog post.
- NBA Workshop – President and CEO of NBA ***
- NBA Workshop – Political – Ministry for Primary Industry ***
- NBA Workshop – Mercury Island VSH – Mark Goodwin ***
- NBA Workshop – Mercury Island VSH – Michelle Taylor ***
- NBA Workshop – Queen Breeding
- NBA Workshop – Farming
- Summary with Our Conclusions
*** Podcast are included within Blog Posts
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