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Poly Hive 

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I had a letter from my local BI saying that I had been selected "at random" for a sampling test.

I phoned him and expressed the view that I was already tested and why me again?

He explained that I was "generated at random by the computer" so fair enough thinks I.

Have you moved your bees says he? Yep says I there are no bees there, ah well I will have to find another site then says he.

BUT he didn't ask where my bees currently are............ how odd.

PH
 

kazmcc 

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lol, maybe he thought you didn't have them any more :)
 

Polyanwood 

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Curious. Perhaps he is worrying about something that he is not free to disclose? I realised when I was asking our local RBI about what areas have what diseases. He was a little vague... I guess it is confidential and commercially sensitive information who has EFB or other unpleasant diseases.
 

MuswellMetro 

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Curious. Perhaps he is worrying about something that he is not free to disclose? I realised when I was asking our local RBI about what areas have what diseases. He was a little vague... I guess it is confidential and commercially sensitive information who has EFB or other unpleasant diseases.

poaaible has a quality assurance check list to complete a 100 inspection from a list and as there bees , all he has is click a box, no show no bees, and he has complete the inspection...so has 99 out of the 100 left to inspect
 

Poly Hive 

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More like it MM.

Yet he was very interested when I told him about a new location where there are bees?

PH
 

Heather 

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We have had EFB in the area so there are lots of checks going on - just will make sure their bee hygiene is 100% if they come to me!
 

Polyanwood 

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The RBI said he wants to fix a time to look at my other apiary, even though the first apiary he looked at was clear of problems. I quite like the RBI visits. I find them reassuring. Don't you like the inspectors' visits PH?

PS: There are rumours about EFB around here too.
 

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It's part of RAS (Random Apiray Survey) - a statistical analysis of virus and diease patterns across the UK being conducted over 2 years last year and this year.
There are details on Beebase.
I only know about this because the society apiary was closed today due to an "open day" at the animal rescue where it's located; so we adjourned to one of our members apiary. He'd been slated for inspection both because he's within 3 miles of an EFB outbreak and because of RAS.
The Bee inspector doing the inspection just happens to be a society member, who also is on the rota for managing the society apiary so we get to see him and talk to him a lot.
He's often a really useful source of information.
 

marcros 

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I had a letter from my local BI saying that I had been selected "at random" for a sampling test.

I phoned him and expressed the view that I was already tested and why me again?

He explained that I was "generated at random by the computer" so fair enough thinks I.

Have you moved your bees says he? Yep says I there are no bees there, ah well I will have to find another site then says he.

BUT he didn't ask where my bees currently are............ how odd.

PH
I had the same thing happen. bees had been moved so not there to inspect. I was told by the BI that they just select another random apiary to inspect rather than to inspect where the bees had been moved to.
 

m100 

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Curious. Perhaps he is worrying about something that he is not free to disclose? I realised when I was asking our local RBI about what areas have what diseases. He was a little vague... I guess it is confidential and commercially sensitive information who has EFB or other unpleasant diseases.
As far as individually identifying a particular apiary then they can't, but all positives for AFB and EFB are clear for anyone to see on the beebase site which identifies outbreaks to a 10km grid square

https://secure.fera.defra.gov.uk/beebase/public/BeeDiseases/colonyReport.cfm

https://secure.fera.defra.gov.uk/beebase/public/BeeDiseases/afbReport.cfm


https://secure.fera.defra.gov.uk/beebase/public/BeeDiseases/efbReport.cfm
 

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