Timing of inspections
Align inspections with your management practice
While the frequency of AFB inspections alone can have a significant impact on AFB levels, there are certain beekeeping management practices where failure to identify a diseased colony greatly increases the chance of other colonies becoming infected.
The practices almost always involve transferring things (such as frames of brood, frames of honey, honey supers and bees) from one hive to another.
Inspections should always be targeted to times when these management practices take place. If hives in an outfit or apiary have an AFB problem, a complete brood check should be done before anything is removed from any hive.
Inspections should be carried out immediately before removing bees, honey or equipment from a hive.
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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.
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