Following on from the information on Section 4 of the Code - "Beekeepers Must Control or Eradicate Pests and Diseases and Must Manage Weak Hives" we move to our next instalment - 'Records of Biosecurity-related actions and Observations'
5. Beekeepers Must Maintain Records of Biosecurity-related Actions and Observations
Good record keeping is critical to good beekeeping and good biosecurity. It provides a record of actions that were undertaken and accurate records are essential for tracing the source of disease outbreaks. It is also important that records are contemporaneous, that is, they are made at, or close to, the time that the action or observation being recorded was taken.
The records required under this section of the Code are the minimum all beekeepers should keep of biosecurity-related actions and observations.
5.1 All beekeepers must keep legible records of:
a) The dates of all apiary inspections and observations from the inspections including an assessment of the overall strength of the hives in the apiary, any pests or diseases found in the hives and the method used for detection of arthropod pests.
(b) Details of all actions taken to manage any pests or diseases in the apiary.
(c) Details of sampling method, date(s) of collection, testing body and the results of all honey tests or other independent assessments for the presence of American foulbrood.
d) Details of movements of hives (including swarm catch boxes); including dates, numbers, geographic locations.
(e) Details of introductions of any bees and used hives or hive components (with or without bees) from external sources; including the date of introduction and the supplier or source.
(f) Details of biosecurity-related training by the beekeeper and any employees of the beekeeper.
5.2 Records may be paper-based or electronic.
5.3 Records must be retained for a minimum of 3 years.
Example templates for record keeping are available at www.beeaware.org.au to assist beekeepers with compliance with this requirement.
These boots are only worn on the apiary sites, and were left in the owners 'kit box' for one week between 'hive dives'... What are you potentially taking in and out of your sites, or worse into someone else's apiary?
The WA Department of Agriculture and Food provides excellent information on keeping your beehives free from disease - it can be found HERE
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