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CASE STUDY
                    Wednesday, 12 April 2017
Best Practice Barrier Management System Bolsters Bee Biosecurity
One of Western Australia’s biggest honey producers has shared his expertise on the barrier management system designed to help minimise the introduction and spread of bee diseases within beekeeping sites.

Bees Neez Owner and Apiarist David Leyland explains the process to help protect his stock from diseases such as American Foulbrood and Chalkbrood in the latest episode of the industry best practice video series, produced by the Honey Bee and Pollination Program. 

The barrier management system is strongly recommended for Australian beekeepers who maintain over 50 hives. 

“Our family business operates 700 hives throughout south-west Western Australia,” David said.   

“We’ve found the barrier management system very simple and easy to follow.

“We sub-divide our apiary into 112 hives containing 28 palettes, which are numbered from one through to 28 and colour coded red, yellow, green or blue.

“We do this to minimise any misplacement of equipment, and each numbered and coloured hive goes onto the same super and frame every time,” he said. 

David says its important employees have a sound understanding about how the system works and know how to identify which diseases to look out for. 

“With training, it’s on the job. I’ll provide a run-down about the entire process, from identification to record-keeping, right through to best practice around capturing swarms,” he said.

“Once we’re out in the apiaries, it’s then a physical demonstration. Our philosophy is based on constant vigilance and training if necessary.

“We’re part of the Bee Quality Assurance program, which means all our daily records are independently audited every year, and this includes taking honey samples in case of any recall.”

For beekeepers looking to expand their operations or for new entrants, David says the barrier management system is a simple and effective way to keep pests at bay. 

“The system teaches you how to best manage bees professionally. By treating each hive as individual, you can maximise your production with minimal effort,” he said.

“We’ve found the barrier management system to be very successful.” 

The video is the fourth in a series of six to be developed by the Honey Bee and Pollination Program.

To watch the video go to: https://youtu.be/n13Cp9HBfJw  

For more information, go to: www.rirdc.gov.au/honeybee-pollination

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Photo caption: David Leyland, Owner Bees Neez
(Click on the image above for a high resolution version)
 
Media contact: Megan Woodward 0487 352 859
The Honey Bee and Pollination RD&E Program is a jointly funded partnership with the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC), Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited (Hort Innovation) and the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources. RIRDC funds are provided by honey industry levies matched by funds provided by the Australian Government. This project has been funded by Horticulture Innovation Australia Limited using the Research and Development apple and pear, almond, avocado, cherry, dried prune, summer fruit and onion industries levy, voluntary contributions from the melon and canned fruit industries and funds from the Australian Government.
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