- Mar 28, 2012
- Reaction score
- Hive Type
- Number of Hives
- Damn! A lot more than I ever thought I'd have
SWMBO was, and yes, there were problems, the new systems put in place now are better but still require the farmers to be proactive.I wasn't working during the last foot and mouth outbreak but I can magine the problems.
Sorry Madfish I do not agree with you on most of the content of your post.The BBKA membership is c 25,000.
There are approx 44,000 amateur beekeepers in the UK (Some will be members of the Scottish, Welsh and Irish BKAs.)
So the BBKA represents approx 57% of total beekeepers known in UK.
Many of the more senior beekeepers are both BBKA and also BIBBA members..
During lockdown BIBBA have been producing a large numbers of Zoom videos on bees ranging from outright propaganda and crap to quite good..
The BBKA may have produced some but I have seen none advertised.
The main protagonists on the BIBBA videos has been prominent BBKA members.
SO in lockdown, the BBKA have been by comparison utterly silent and reduced to the printed magazine..
As far as enforcing hive registration, who could do it?
No-one...The Bee Inspectors are summer only and tied up with Asian Hornets...
Given economics, more heads would be needed.to enforce. The Government will not pay..
Will the BBKA? They would have to increase subscription costs. Say 10 new BIs. at £20k each over 25k members Plus computer systems etc. Subscriptions go up at least £10 per year - approx 30% for an organisation which cannot issue a Zoom video in lockdown... And guess what? BBKA members don't pay.
Ain't going to work.
Pie in the sky.
We do... been bitten too many times!Nothing changes then. Totally off subject but the Hunt in my area must have regretted picking up a deer carcass. We spent several days clearing up a building and the 'larder as it was suspected to be anthrax.
Does everyone make a note of the date and the name and address that they sell/give bees or a frame of brood or a queen to? I wonder? We can't leave it to memory.
Now someone is on the right lines. This BBKA paranoia is soo tiresome.Any administrative registration would need to be made Law and run by something like APHA... perhaps a fee could be charged per colony to pay for the inspectorate?
Discount for Beefarmer's of course!!!
Top heavy with Master Beekeepers all probably in their dotage and not exactly computer literate and self isolating in fear of the pandemics grim reaper knocking at their doors?They haven’t exactly been very active this year have they? You’d think that as they are supposed to represent the interests of the myriad of beekeepers in this country they would be out and about in cyberspace at least.
Who was your pay master?Many moons ago I used to enforce animal health and welfare legislation. One of my tasks was going round farms and livestock premises checking movement books for when there was a disease outbreak so that the disease contacts could be traced. Many stockholders were good and kept their records up to date, other books were partly fiction. Some were only written up when it was known I was in the area. I was always finding new stockholders and knocking on doors. I wasn't working during the last foot and mouth outbreak but I can magine the problems . I can't see beekeepers keeping any such records and no enforcement body is going to pay for someone to check. Brilliant job though.
The BBKA had their own on line forum. This was at the time the BBKA was riven with political struggles at its top and the anti neonicotinoids (many of whom were genuine but way OTT and caused havoc everywhere) . The forum had one moderator who regarded it as his duty (I believe it was a man) to obliterate any comment which was even slightly critical - or could be construed as such - of the BBKA - or any senior figure within it.Do tell.
Majority of beekeepers are of a pensionable age £30 out going to the BBKA for a not so glossy comic and insurance seems expensive, given that for some hobbyists even keeping 2 colonies going this season has been a struggle. I would rather put the £30 towards my colour TV licence!For £30 a year some people’s expectations are way beyond my own...........
Our local association has always been linked with the BBKA & long may that continue - it was always said to me that the structure was from bottom to top, not the top dictating down to the associations so we can really only blame ourselves.
Ya £30 Gets you a magazine, BDI (something is better than nothing before anyone starts on that one) & 3rd party liability - let’s hope nobody has to use but at least it ticks a box in most cases.
i do hope the AFB in the op has been contained & source found - the bee inspectors really do do a cracking job in my opinion.