Area quarantine explained
Area quarantine is not used as extensively by beekeepers as hive or apiary quarantine, and tends to be limited to outfits with large hive holdings spanning several distinct geographic areas.
An area quarantine might consist of dividing a beekeeping outfit into two parts: those apiaries with a recent history of AFB, and those without. The two parts of the outfit are managed separately, with no interchange of equipment between parts.
Apiaries are added to the AFB-free part if they remain free of the disease for a certain length of time, or are added to the AFB part if a colony develops the disease.
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Our videos cover everything from your legal obligations to how to recognise AFB, collecting cell and bee samples and more.
There’s a lot of good information here, telling you everything you need to know about recognising AFB: the visual symptoms, smell of AFB and more.
New Zealand beekeepers have a number of legal obligations that must be met regarding AFB disease. Read the shortened list in summary, here.
Most hives become infected because bees, honey or equipment have been put into a hive from another hive that is infected with AFB. Lower your chances of an AFB infection by reading this section.
Find out when the next AFB Recognition and Competency Courses, or Refresher Courses are available. These are held throughout the year in various New Zealand locations across the South Island and North Island.