NSW government expands beehive euthanasia program
Beekeepers continue calls for a more balanced approach.
EXPANDED “RED ZONE”
It has been announced that a further 650 beehives will be destroyed in NSW, after varroa mite was detected outside of the existing eradication zone in the Hunter Valley in late-November.
In another major blow to the industry, the mite has been “discovered” in hives at a property near Cessnock, beyond the area designated as a “red zone” by the state’s biosecurity authorities.
As a result, NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has now expanded the eradication zone a further 10 kilometres following the most recent detection.
The red zone now encompasses 80 more sites and 650 more hives, a spokesperson for Agriculture Minister Duguld Saunders said.
“The detection was kind of just outside an existing red zone so it pushes that zone out by another 10 kilometres,” DPI spokesman Mark O’Brien said.
“But it’s obviously significant in the context of the response.”
Since June, an extensive tracing effort (similar to COVID ‘contact tracing’) has been underway, with 16,800 hives destroyed in the culling program so far. These “red zone” areas include:
This continuing, concerning biosecurity event has sparked much opposition to the moves.
The parasite was first detected in surveillance hives at the Port of Newcastle in June, with more than 85,000 tested for traces of the mite since the outbreak.
Euthanasia and disposal teams within the NSW DPI have been working within the red eradication zones around the Newcastle and Hunter areas.
Each hive contains anywhere from 10,000 to 30,000 bees, which means tens of millions of bees have been euthanised in an attempt to control the parasite since it was first detected.
One petition against the cull has racked up almost 27,000 signatures so far, with beekeepers calling for the NSW DPI to end the cull and release the modelling underpinning the strategy.
Critics cite that there are many alternatives to controlling varroa mite that doesn’t include euthanasia, and the government’s lack of communication and planning with the strategy is destroying producers.
For example, beekeepers can use an integrated pest management (IPM) approach as a solution, in which they use several different mite control techniques in combination or in rotation throughout the year.
The most popular essential oil for varroa mite control is thymol (from a thyme plant). See soft chemicals:
There are also ways of reducing reproduction rates in populations of infected hives.
Outside of the IPM approach, biologists in the United States have developed new ways to “toughen up bees” to be able to withstand mite outbreaks in areas where they commonly occur:
Of course, these methods aren’t as effective as an outright killing of the bees themselves, but the alternatives highlight a need for a delicate balance when dealing with these situations.
Especially the need for beekeepers to have a say and take control themselves, with assistance.
The NSW government’s mechanical approach takes into no consideration the keepers or ecosystem itself.
The honeybee plays an important role in large-scale agricultural pollination services and provides beeswax and honey to the domestic and export market.
Some might say this is an intentional act, but I’ll leave that for you to decide.
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6 thoughts on “NSW government expands beehive euthanasia program”
‘Modelling’? I hope that the Ag Dept wasn’t supplied by Neil Ferguson’s Calculator, provider by BAMGF!
So a] Is this the 1st time, ‘We’ have had to ‘Deal’ with THIS issue? b] How did Yer ‘Mite’ get here, local or ‘Import’ [ Fire ants & Introduced Cane toads come to mind/ along with rabbits/Goats/camels/Foxes/Dogs/Cats/ Viruses].- & ‘Quarantine SHORTFALLS’, IF the Latter! – THIS ‘Includes’ the Govt Depts ‘Involved’ Future Cross contamination effects? & c] DON’T put ya Paw up – W.H.O’s ‘Responsible’? – A VACUUM I hear! And d] I take it that ‘Testing’ DIDN’T include using a ‘Bee’ RT-PCR ‘test Kit’?
As for ‘Australian States’ including NSW, They ALL had ZERO issues with ‘Flogging Humans’ – Standard Protocol apparently, during CONVID 19, does ANYONE ‘Believe’ They’d (Govt./ Bureau P.E.T.S).have an ‘Issue’ with further decimation of A ‘Species’ – Inclusive of Downstream Economic Collapse with ‘Lack of FREE Crop Cross pollinations’, by our ‘Striped insect’ Cohabitation species. Thank you Sisters!
The Govt., has ALWAYS used a HAMMER as a SOLUTION – Apart from civil repression, check taxation & ‘Apparent economics’!
Anyone expecting also, apparent shortages on Thymol Oil – Maybe sent by a ‘Train’ Near you! As long as there’s ‘Track Services – Available’! Damn Floods! Damn Fires! Damn, back to Floods! – LOL
NO such thing as ‘Coincidences’! – ‘General Emergency Zone’ – ALL of N.S.W. –
HUP! LOCKDOWNS FOR CONVID # Something! HUP! LOCK DOWNS FOR CLIMATE # SOMETHING! HUP! LOCKDOWNS FOR VIRILE MITES! HUP! FURTHER LOCKDOWNS FOR 5G INFRASTRUCTURE EXTENSIONS! -Er, so what ‘Imbalance’ in Sensitive Species does this ‘Play’?- Arthur Firstenberg – Along with other publications- ‘The Invisible Rainbow’, & Is the Sky really falling (Insect, including Bees Negative interactivity with ‘Wireless’ EMRs.
Last; The Map & ‘Infection Zones’ – WHY, the large ‘Gap’ in Country between ‘Apparent Centres’ of ‘Infections’ ?
AND; Native Vegetation Govt. -(NSW Sustainable land Management Office) Satellite Mapping on NSW Farm properties – Circa 2018 [?] – Part of U.N. Agenda 21/30/50? AND Interactive with the Newcastle Hunter Region Plan 2036 AND the Neo ‘A 15 MINUTE REGION’.
I agree with John Dawe why the big gap between “infection” sites? It is all very odd indeed. How after years and years we managed to keep these mites out of Australia and suddenly they appear? Was someone asleep on the job? Imported bee’s?
No it’s all bull💩 the corrupt government has shares in Walmart which you can see here and Walmart has a patent for robotic bees.
Look it up this is a massive conflict of interest.
increasing the space between the wax sheets (frames) and making a window with glass (facing north) to allow for a better view.
The bees begin to shed the varroa themselves.
A sticky sheet should be placed under the frames to block the fallen varroes.
I recommend formic acid, very effective, and recommended by Steiner almost two centuries ago
Excellent Roberto, too bad Goverments only want to use chemicals which makes the whole situation worse. Read recently bee’s now have shorter lives because of so many pesticides. Sad.