I’m just back from a meeting of the Dorchester & Weymouth BKA where the attraction was a representative of Vita, the company that supplies products to combat various bee-pests and diseases. His talk was entitled: Medicine in Beekeeping – why bother? Apparently lots of people don’t and he quoted an American statistic that only 3% of beekeepers used approved medicines, yet their honey and wax is tainted with unapproved chemicals applied in high doses.
The problem is that beekeepers are notoriously tight fisted and the commercially available approved treatments are very expensive. It was explained why they are so expensive over here. It’s the EU registration process. It costs at least 2 million Euros to get a new product registered even if it’s already registered and in use elsewhere and this cost has to be recovered from the purchasers of the products. This is what’s holding up the availability of Hopguard, a new product based on hops that is very effective against varroa.
We were shown their new ApiShield floor that makes an effective trap for the Asian hornet that is soon to arrive and also their Beetle Blaster an in-hive trap of the Small Hive Beetle, also on its way here.
We were given goody-bags at the end of the talk which included a useful guide to healthy beekeeping and also a note that their website : http://www.vita-europe.com has a photo gallery with hundreds of images that can be downloaded free for anyone giving talks about bees and beekeeping. Must have a browse.