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  1. Thanks @Gino de Graaf for raising the question about intentional losses and to @Maggie James for pointing out the text box at the end. I read those comments thoroughly every year so make future improvements in the questionnaire. For example, the fact that we ask about queen replacement strategies at all is due to a comment on a past survey. It's very early days still, but I had a look at the preliminary results for this year a few days ago. At this early stage, it looks like winter loss rates were higher (sometimes much higher) than last year in Auckland, Coromandel, Hawke’s Bay,
  2. The 2020 NZ Colony Loss Survey will launch in early September. Please watch your email inboxes for an invitation to participate. For those who are unfamiliar with the survey, the goal is to quantify winter losses across both regions and time. While NZ's winter loss rates are 'low' by international standards, NZ beekeepers lost around 82,000 hives last winter. Moreover, loss rates at a national level increased 25% between 2015 and 2019. And while some places like the lower South Island have seen year-on-year increases in loss rates since 2015, others like the lower North Island have seen s
  3. MPI has commissioned Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research (a New Zealand Crown Research Institute) to undertake the latest wave of the NZ Colony Loss Survey. You should have received an invitation to participate in the last few days. The survey is intended for all beekeepers, big or small. It has been conducted annually since 2015. The survey is completely confidential. Results will be posted on the MPI website early in the new year. Please click here if you haven't seen last year's results yet: https://www.mpi.govt.nz/growing-and-harvesting/honey-and-bees/bee-colony-los
  4. In an earlier post, @frazzledfozzle said that their top priorities for research were pathogens and non-manuka honey. Looking at the second figure I posted, these priorities seem to align pretty well with those of other commercial beekeepers, 46% of whom put pathogens in the highest priority category and 29% of whom put non-manuka honey in the highest priority category. These are above carrying capacity and beekeeper behaviour, which @frazzledfozzle put at the bottom of the list. It's interesting that we can look at the same set of graphs and reach such different conclusions... Perh
  5. Thanks for that. I hope that this survey might provide some guidance to scientists and science funders on what kinds of research beekeepers would find most useful. That way, we can design research programmes that are fit for purpose.
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