During the late summer months, participants will need to attend a training event to verify that they can recognise disease;
In the winter, successful candidates will be expected to update their apiary sites and colony numbers on BeeBase;
The following Inspection season, the NBU will then carry out baseline inspections of all colonies. Once this is complete, improvement orders will be issued if necessary, followed by a certificate of competency;
From then on Bee Farmers will be required to self-report any disease finds to the NBU as required in the working protocol. Copies of this and the Bee Farmer Self Inspection Form are available from [email protected]
. Any equipment needed for diagnosis of suspect disease will be provided by the NBU;
Members will receive audit visits by Bee Inspectors. Any audit visit which involves ‘Inspection activity’ still has to be risk based and must fall in line with our operating to the Regulators Code. There will be no Inspection activity without a reason.