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Comvita's Breeding Operations 2015

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Annual Report 2015

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I just saw the below from P18 and P19 of Comvita's 2015 Annual Report: Kiwi Bee is committed to using technology to improve bee hive management and traceability of its honey production through the use of our custom developed Apiary Management System (AMS). This innovative and efficient tool assists our beekeepers to record and monitor hive development. This allows reduced artificial feed requirements and provides precise Varroa treatment records to ensure the bees are exposed to the minimum amount of treatment to effect good control. Reducing Varroa treatments within our beehives is a high priority for Kiwi Bee. To this end we are putting a huge amount of effort into selecting Varroa tolerance and hygienic behaviour from both our Italian and Carniolan bee genetics. By using artificial insemination on our breeder queens, our goal is to increase our general stock’s resistance to Varroa, to a stage we are required to treat far less than industry standards. Also in line with our bee health policies, we will be undertaking significant plantings of bee friendly native companion trees within our apiary areas. The goal is to provide our bees a variety of both pollen and nectar sources during a period when both are in short supply. This not only reduces feeding requirements, it also provides a more natural and healthy diet for the bees, as well as enhancing the natural environment. Does anyone know where their breeding operation is, and what criteria they are using to select for "Varroa tolerance and hygienic behaviour from both our Italian and Carniolan bee genetics"? Is Comvita importing any Drone Semen? The link to the Annual Report is below, and I must say as far as Annual Reports go it is a pretty bloody short one:

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