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greengage
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2015 9:54 pm    Post subject: Bee Inspectors Reply with quote

I notice on other posts people talk about bee inspectors who are these people and do we have them in Ireland.
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B kind
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Location: Co.Wicklow, Ireland

PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2015 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We do not have the system of bee inspectors in the republic of Ireland that they have in the UK (and Northern Ireland). We are obliged to cooperate in the case of notifiable diseases.

http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/farmingsectors/beekeepinghoney/overview/

From what I gather from reading this forum, in the UK every area has a regional bee inspector. Beekeepers in the UK register and and are hence forward committed to work with their local bee inspector in the case of requested inspections. In cases of disease outbreaks then all hives close to that area are supposed to be inspected. In theory it is a good system to control the spread of disease. I believe there are also random inspections, depending on the inspector or area. Because all combs need to be accessible for potential inspection it can be challenging for beekeepers with leave alone or Perone hives. I don't know how skeps are inspected either? It seems to be a matter of cooperation and luck with your local bee inspector.


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andy pearce
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2015 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the UK you do not have to register but can still be inspected at random
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