The second senior lecture on Thursday morning was Otto Boecking on Pollen Needs for Honeybee Colonies. This was a short talk and he got through it in about 20 minutes.
Bees need pollen for the amino acids. Supply and demand means that they need to hoard it for when the supply diminishes but the demand is still there. A hive will get through about 35.7 kg (I guesstimate that to be about 80 lb) of pollen in a year. Feeding pollen has no effect on brood rearing.
If your honey contains GMO pollen in it you have to declare it.
Never EVER use pollen from a source you don’t know! It may contain disease eg, AFB.
Lunch was soup, quiche and spud fingers. I sold a copy of Bees vs People, leaving me with 2. It was raining outside for a while, then came sunshine.
I went to the office and booked for next year: 11th – 16th August 2019. I showed Michael Gleeson that my pen’s getting very short of ink so he gave me 2 more!