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Mite infestation level in varroa resistant bees

first ever log hive wintering 2020-2021

It was December 2009, and I was probably just longing to have some contact with my precious bees, even dead ones, and decided to look how many mites I could find in hive bottoms.

I had no plan whatsoever for the future. After counting thousands of bees found out that they had in average 11% infestation. Wrote some notes.

Time passed and I had forgotten all about this incident in 2009. Date was December 2017 and I, for some unknown reason, found myself again counting mites in dead bees. Thousands of them.

 While doing I faintly started to remember “Haven´t I done this before?”  

And my surprise was big when, after going thought my notes, found out that infestation in 2017, 4,3%, was 60% less than in 2009.  Can this be a sign of breeding efforts succeeding?

In December 2020 my curiosity had risen so much that I had to do the same experiment again. I checked 942 dead bees. They had 2,4 % infestation level, 45% less than 3 years earlier!

I want to firmly point out that this is no science, nothing near, but in my mind something better than nothing.

If average infestation in bees flying out to die is greater than among living bees still in winter cluster, one could argue that infestation in varroa resistant bees is somewhere from almost zero to 2%.  

Juhani Lundén

Horse race hurdles

A new study of the genetic background of a national pride, Finnish Horse, has already come up with one big surprise. The results of mitochondrial lines prove our race originates partly from Mongolian wild horse, the Przewalski Horse.

The study is continuing and can´t wait what they will reveal in the future. The researchers have opened old horse graves and got hundreds of specimens from horse owners, old horsehairs from childhood rocking horse, skulls and teeth etc.

The race breeding of the Finnish Horse began 1907. This was part of the general national up-rise and the aim to become an independent nation, to free ourselves from Russian Empire.

Race definition was made, and only the horses, which were in every respect “pure”, were accepted into the Pedigree charts.  According to race definition the Finnish Horse should be uniform brown in color, and it should be strong and mid-sized, universal working horse with lively, reliable, co-operative and mild temper. “Impurity” was not tolerated.  

The race definition ruled many horses out of breeding program. Sometimes this disqualification was made only because of wrong color. Pedigree of the Finnish Horse has been closed ever since 1907. 

Rase is a manmade definition. As an inevitable consequence, race breeding automatically rules out all unfitting, no matter how good or original, and leads to a loss of genes in all animal breeding, from horses to bees.

Who were the people behind this race definition? Maybe only couple horse activists who saw this type of horse as the most typical, or maybe, just as the most beautiful in their eyes? I wonder how well they knew the history of horses in Finland. Today there are four different lines, for work, race, ride and small sized Finnish Horses.

The variety of horses, which were present at the time of race definition, was huge and an outcome of development, breeding and trade, which had been going on for centuries. The earliest written document of horses in Finland is from year 1223, before Christianity was established: The Pope Gregorius blamed the merchants of Gotland for selling horses to the “pagans in Finland”.  First attempts to systemically improve the quality of Finnish horses was made during the rule of Gustav Wasa, the King of Sweden (and Finland). King was not happy, because the original Finnish horses were small.  In order to make an improvement the King organised a large-scale import of Frisian horses from Netherlands, which were bigger. **)

 Bigger horses were needed in war fields. Huge numbers of horses were killed in the wars of Sweden during its glory days. And very often the horses, which the army returned with, were not the same they had left.

Picture from Wikipedia, Ratsumieskilta, cavalry history enthusiasts riding:

From several documents and research of horse collars it can be qualified how the size of Finnish Horse changed during the centuries:  

            Century           height of horses in Finland

1600            105-130 cm

1700            130-140 cm

1800            142 cm

Today the average Finnish Horse has a height of 155 cm. The Finnish Horse is sometimes referred as an intermediate form between Coldblood and Warmblood horses. For instance, in trotting the speed of Finnish Horses has been astonishing, and jealous minds have questioned their genuine working horse roots.  Working horses are bred for strength and ability to pull, not speed.   

After the mechanization of agriculture, the need for working horses declined dramatically. At the peak in the 1950s there were about 409 000 Finnish Horses in Finland. Year 1987, at the lowest point, there were only 14000 Finnish Horses left, or 3,5%.   This led to massive loss of genes and variation, and genetically, what we have today is just a small glimpse of the past.

Juhani Lundén

*) https://yle.fi/uutiset/3-11657699

**) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friesian_horse

http://animalia.bio/przewalskis-horse

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Wintering is easy when you remember bees are not humans

Look at this wintering in Alaska:

https://www.beesource.com/threads/wintering-bees-in-alaska.357183/page-3

He has 100% winter losses and uses the same type of structure next winter. I define stupidity as inability to learn from a lesson.

If I had a problem with lights or wiring, I would ask an electrician.

If I had a problem with my car, I would ask a mechanic.

If I had a problem with my mind, I would go to a psychiatrist.

If I had a problem with wintering bees, I would follow the advice of a Finn, because we have probably the best knowledge in the world about wintering bees in northern latitudes. In fact we are situated just as north as Alaska.

Some basic rules:

  • Warm air goes up
  • Insulating the top saves energy
  • Even severe cold (-40C) does not kill the bees, but moisture does
  • Moisture goes away with circulating air, either through the top insulation and holes of the ceiling or walls or through a mesh bottom
  • Air circulation is depending on holes in the hive structure, that is holes, which do not get blocked by snow or ice!
  • If you don´t take moisture removal seriously, you will always end up with dead bees
  • Bottom ventilation and top insulation has proven to be a good method, most hives in Finland have been wintered for decades that way with excellent results

Juhani Lundén

Varroa resistance can maintain after one generation of free mating

Couple days ago, I received a message from Stefan Luff. Stefan is the breeding coordinator of the Buckfast Group Bavaria in Germany.

Daughters of my breeder queen B160(JL) were free mated in Southern Italy with Horst Preissl and Johannes Neuburger drones. Two daughter queens were then sent from Italy to be tested in commercial beekeeping operations for two years in Germany.

Quote from Stefan’s e-mail: ”Two offspring queens B56 and B49 imported from Italy had after one year untreated and used in his professional beekeeping in the production of honey, only slightly more than 3% infestation of mites at the end of September in 2019. They were both also very calm and very much honey!”

This is important and encouraging news!

In order to become mainstream, varroa resistance breeder queens need to be so good, so thoroughbred, that their free mated daughters can handle mites in commercial operations.

Juhani Lundén,

Lundén Resistant Queens

Suunnitelma varroankestävyys jalostuksen saavutusten siirtämiseksi koko Suomen mehiläishoitajien käyttöön

Pikkupesien, ns. Mini-Plus pesien, tehtävänä on toimia geenistön varmuuskopiona Ruovedellä omassa hoidossani   

Isojen pesien lainauksella levitetään geenistöä toisille tarhaajille

  • Pesät kuljetetaan lainaajille toukokuun lopussa, polttoainekuluja vastaan.
  • Pyrin kuljettamaan pesät itse, jotta saan tarkan tiedon pesien sijainnista.
  • Lainauksesta tehdään kirjallinen sopimus.
  • Pyritään monivuotiseen yhteistyöhön ensisijaisesti emonkasvatuksen hallitsevien tarhaajien kanssa.
  • Sopimuksen tärkeimpinä kohtina ovat omistusoikeuden säilyminen minulla, ja lainaajan velvollisuus kasvattaa lainatusta pesästä vähintään 10 emoa omiin pesiinsä.
  • Lainaus ja emojen kasvatus omiin tarpeisiin on ilmaista.
  • Lainaaja voi kasvattaa emoja myyntiin maksamalla korvauksen, jonka alustava suuruus on 200€/emo/kesä
  • Jos pesän lainaaja on entuudestaan kaupallinen emonkasvattaja, tulee ko. summa maksettavaksi automaattisesti
  • Kuhnureiden kasvatusta on mahdollisesti tehtävä joissakin lainaan lähtevissä pesissä. Kuhnurikehät haen Ruovedelle vähän ennen niiden kuoriutumista (tarvitsen niitä Mini-Plus pesien keinosiemennyksiin)
  • Lainatusta pesästä pitää tehdä yksi (tai useampi) jaoke jakamalla pesä kokonaisilla laatikoilla, vähäväkisin laatikko jätetään vanhalle paikalle. Emoa ei tarvitse löytää. Jos mahdollista, jaoke kannattaa viedä toiseen tarhaan jolloin lentomehiläisten tasaisempi jakaantuminen varmistaa jaokkeen teon onnistumisen.
  • Emottomat jaokkeet kasvattavat itselleen uuden emon.
  • Seuraavana vuonna uusi pesä voidaan lainata toukokuun lopussa. Tämän pesän emo on eri linjaa kuin edellisvuoden.
  • Tai vaihtoehtoisesti pesien lainaajat voivat vaihtaa lainapesiä keskenään, kunhan ilmoittavat siitä minulle.
  • Kaikissa lainassa olevista pesistä pitää kasvattaa emoja vähintään 10 kpl lainaajan omiin pesiin, oli pesä varsinainen lainapesä tai sen jaoke.
  • Toisen kesän uudet emot pyritään pariuttamaan hallitusti, joko keinosiementämällä tai keskittämällä edellisen vuoden varroaa kestävät emot pienelle alueelle, joka voi olla esim. lähellä hoitajan emonkasvatustarhaa.
  • Lainaaja saa minulta riittävästi kalustoa lainaan jaokkeiden tekoa ja pesien laajennuksia varten (osastoja, kattoja, pohjia ym).
  • Hunajasadon saa lainaaja pitää (tietysti).

Ruovedellä 17.12.2020 (Alkuperäistä artikkelia muutettu)

Juhani Lundén

Dispersing genes

It is relatively easy to create varroa resistant bees. I have been telling my story since 2001. The tough part is how do we get the resistant bees so widespread that an average beekeeper can let his/her queens to mate free… and use no treatments, year after year.

The question is: What is the most efficient method to disperse varroa resistance genes?

I know, It takes years.

It needs education of queen rearing skills.

It needs a ground-breaking change in attitudes towards treatments.

It will not happen in a year or decade.

But nevertheless, we need to start thinking about it.

Here are my thoughts of the steps towards a world without treatments:

  1. Mating stations start using varroa resistant drones

This is already done in Germany and other Central European countries in some mating stations. The Central European beekeepers are privileged: there is a wide network of mating stations all over Europe. The system is well organized and has been working for decades.

In theory everything should go well. New resistant drone lines are introduced each year. More and more resistant queens and hives, scattered around the whole continent, is an inevitable result.  But will it get us to the goal?

Couple thing worry me. Firstly: Are there enough enthusiastic beekeepers taking their queens to mate with varroa resistant drones? We may see only small spots or corners of the continent getting the needed dominance of varroa resistant free flying drones. Secondly: The beekeepers involved may not catch the required enthusiasm about treatment free beekeeping, they may simply need better varroa resistance and continue with treatments.  Money talks. At least today the percentage of queens mated with varroa resistant drones is low, normal non-resistant drones dominate in mating stations.

Finland is in a different situation: We don´t have such network of mating stations

2. Individual beekeepers create a dominance of varroa resistant drones in their beekeeping area

Josef Koller ROOTs breeding system was based on free mating. The basic idea was of small circles, starting in one yard left without treatments, uniting eventually to larger areas of varroa resistant drone dominance. There are hobbyists working this way. Unfortunately they do not have many hives and thus their ability to create dominance, even in smaller areas, is limited.

Words of advise: Varroa resistance cannot be achieved with free mating. Starting with scratch without drone dominance (or controlled mating) varroa resistance cannot be achieved or maintained.  I dare to declare this as a proven fact. You are free to disagree, but remember, I have tried it myself and almost killed all my hives before changing my way to work.

3. Creating one larger area of varroa resistant drone dominance.

This could be done by a beekeeping association or similar. One larger area of such kind, maybe 1000 hives, would be noticed by the beekeeping community and probably by the media, too. This could have an influence on the attitudes towards treatments, both public and beekeepers.   

4. All commercial queen breeders start to use varroa resistant material only

This could be an efficient method, but would lead to massive inbreeding, at least today. There are too few stocks available. But another problem is lacking demand for varroa resistant stocks. Beekeeper education in crucial: we need to spread the information of the developments and possibilities of varroa resistance breeding. We need more Randy Olivers.

5. The use of chemicals in beekeeping is restricted by law

Although I agree this should be done, it is not likely to happen.

Winter feeding, about 20 litres.

On a personal level I´m sick and tired of producing honey. Plus I´m getting older each year. How to get rid of honey production and all the hard beekeeping work, but nevertheless continue with varroa resistance breeding and secure the future of my 20 years breeding work?

 Is it possible to find a system where I could share all my breeding material for free and benefit one way or the other?  Like LINUX, the free operating system invented by a Finn, Linus Torvalds.  If money were not an issue, what would be the most efficient method to spread the varroa resistance genes of my bees into the whole Finnish honeybee population?

Please share your views!

I can come up with several ideas.  For instance, I could try to find 40 enthusiastic beekeepers all around Finland and “borrow” each of them one hive in that condition, signed on paper, that he/she promises to raise at least 10 queens of that hive each year and agrees to pay me for the insemination of these daughter queens.  Insemination would be easier than to arrange 40 mating stations. Controlled mating is needed to maintain the varroa resistance genes of the breeding material. 40 beekeepers working for a shared common goal.  It would be a great start.  But how realistic it is to succeed?

What is your idea? Please make a comment!

Juhani Lundén

Log hive bees use mostly the entrance I made…
Plywood landing board is collecting debris from the hive, including mites. It has become increasingly hard to find mites here.

Varroa resistant bees, when do you know for sure you have them?

What are the crucial signs which undoubtedly prove that you really have varroa resistant bees?

  1. Somebody said that a good sign is when other beekeepers who have got queens of your stock start talking about varroa resistance. They might or might not mention your name.  They might post pictures, make remarks on their social media postings or even Pedigrees, and with a good luck, start selling queens with your name.

 

  1. Mites disappear. Although the usual misunderstanding is that when somebody is breeding for varroa resistance, he or she must have very few mites, if any.          That is wrong. In the first 10 years of breeding, probably with any method but surely with Hard-Bond-Method, there are a lot of mites: mites kill hives, mites on bees’ backs, mites in brood, dead mites on hive bottoms… and mites crawling on drones when taking semen for insemination.   But then the situation becomes like what normal beekeepers have: there are mites, you know it, but you do not see them.

I have been regularly watching hive bottoms and entrances all these years. It is just so crazy when one sunny day you realize: Why aren´t there any mites here where there used to be, always one, two or 5.

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  1. Brood areas become uniform again. This was a big surprise for me too. Everybody, even researchers,  are talking about bees taking out infested brood, VSH bees, which they of course do if necessary, and brood areas look spotty, but in the end, the REALLY varroa resistant bees have such a brilliant ability to react to mites that mites are removed well before emerging bees are about to hatch. And therefore, brood areas look normal again. I have had a hunch of this for a long time.

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Two incidents come to my mind. Once I had a conversation with BartJan Fernhout from Arista research. He said, as an opinion, that when we have a fully varroa resistant bee the evolutionary cost will be minimal. With the cost is meant the price bees have to pay for their resistance: when they work with mites, then there is less time to work with honey.  The reason why the cost will be minimal, BartJan reasoned, is because bees keep the mite levels so low, it does not affect their honey gathering abilities.  Then I remember visiting Heimo Kangasaho for the first time. Heimo has been without treatments since 2001. His brood areas looked good, uniform large brood areas. At that time (2015) I had all brood areas full of holes. There are holes now too, but usually only to disrupt mites reproducing, bees open and close infected cells.

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  1. Your total honey crops are rising. I have figured this to be the ultimate proof. And now I mean the total honey crop from all hives, not average. When bees survive and live happily with mites, you can make nucs, nucs get stronger on a normal pace, bees start wintering well again and before you know it you have more honey than you can easily sell.  Average honey crop may vary according to year. The toughest years are about 5-10 years after treatments are stopped.  My hive count went from 150 to 4 before the turn.

 

  1. Fewer mites in sugar rolls. This is true, but I do not know where the limit between good varroa resistance and poor resistance is: 1% infestation, 2% or 3%. I have a hunch that 5% infestation on live bees is too much. Such hives die in winter.

I have a confession to make: I have not made one single sugar roll this summer. I know.  I am lazy. But when you start realizing that your bees are not going to die because of mites, you lose interest in sugar rolls, and all other measuring for that matter too.

 

  1. Your bees become calm again. My great idol Paul Jungels said once that varroa resistance breeding is making bees more angry, prone to sting, at least to some extent. I had seen the same phenomena and figured that more highly developed sense of smell could be the reason; bees get more easily irritated. But what you know, now I must admit that we were all wrong! When the bees handle varroa, they are as calm as ever.  In my diary (2001-2019) I have told how my bees became EXTREMELY angry, almost unbearable, for couple weeks in mid-summer. Then, just as surprisingly, they calmed again.                                                                          18.8.2010 I wrote:”Once again the hives were extremely angry in the beginning of summer (one month earlier than last year!?). All hives were almost impossible to handle even with good protective clothing, but after that short period of time they are behaving normally. The interesting thing here is that last autumn I sent queens to 8 beekeepers for a test. These hives were not treated either, but the mite levels were very, very low. These beekeepers have not seen anything unusual; the hives are “behaving absolutely normally”. What is causing this period of madness? One hypothesis is that the hives react to the mites and become angry. Then they throw out the mites and calm down.”(http://buckfast.fi/publications/). What happened I do not know to this day, but it sure looked like they had serious issues with mites, which made them like killer bees, and I mean literally, and then by autumn they had handled mite situation somehow and were calm again.

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  1. Your queens sell all over Europe with a 500 € price tag. I set the price when I had 4 hives, and the purpose was to stop selling queens. Did not happen.

 

 

  1. Your bees are scientifically proved to be resistant. It may happen that the researchers do not mention your name in the publication, but the point is as the headline says, YOU know. It does not matter that the rest of the world does not know. Or does it?               Terje knows what I mean.

 

Juhani Lundén

 

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Wild bees

I think it was year 2015 when I had my last serious winter mortality. Lost about 60-70% of my hives in winter and more in the next summer. I was so beaten that did not have the strength to melt the more than 100 boxes which I had carried home from the yards. Ended up storing them in a barn near a place where I had no bees left anymore.

The boxes were well forgotten by me.

Every now and then when I passed that barn, I saw bees flying around, and soon started to get swarms near that barn.  One was sitting on the wall, a very funny looking thin layer of bees in an area of a shopping bag. A tiny swarm.  Next year one was hanging in a spruce nearby, a slightly bigger one.   Then again on the barn wall, this time different side, smallish too.

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They all got laying queens, which made me wonder where were they coming from?  I had no bees anywhere near there. And they sure did not look like my bees, and were clearly more aggressive.  I started asking beekeeping friends, but nobody knew anyone who had bees so near that a swarm with a laying queen could end up there. And why always that same spot?  If there were a hive or couple hives 2 km away nobody knew about, why would they throw a swarm each year near that barn?  Tried to check literature and got this idea that 2 km is about the max a laying queen flies. Correct if I am mistaken.

Sometime during this 5-year period when opening the barn door, and taking a short peak, I saw wax pieces all over the barn floor. Mice, I thought, although I had covers on all stacks and the barn floor was level and in good shape.  I could not see bees going into the boxes. No swarms living here.

Today I visited that barn again. The idea was that because the price of beeswax has risen noteworthy, I thought it is time to clean up the mess and start melting those boxes. Another reason was that because for the first time in 5 years I had bees again on this location, I thought it would be nice that possible diseases in those boxes would not contaminate the nucs I had brought there end of July 2020.

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Oh no! I noticed bees flying in. Robbers was my first thought. But when looking more closely there were quite a lot of bees with pollen loads. What? No?

Yes, there was a swarm living in a stack of boxes from those dead hives back in 2015. One stack had removed slightly, just enough to make an entrance. There were brood in four boxes, so it was quite a nice colony.

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But then I noticed something I have never seen before: remains of a colony which had been living under the roof tree.  Which explained the was debris on the floor and the swarms coming each year. Just about that size, which could have given those smallish swarms of the previous years. And it is just above the door, in a dark spot hard to discover, when only doing a quick look from the door.

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Checked for the queen but did not find her. Ended up doing a walk away split. Gonna check after a week and transport them to a proper yard, give some cleaner frames and food for winter.

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The most interesting question is: How on earth have they been able to cope in the Finnish weather and winter this long without any treatments? They are not my bees. Is this a sign, that wild bee population is forming in Finland too?  Is a thriving wild bee population (resistant drones) necessary for the transfer to treatment free beekeeping?  So far there has been very little proof of a permanent wild bee population in Finland. Our winters are getting warmer.

The change may be closer than we realize.

Juhani Lundén,

just a stubborn beekeeper who decided to stop treatments

Genes and Races

One of the most widespread legends in beekeeping is that when you cross almost anything with Carnica bees, the result will be angry bees, almost unbearable mongrels.

That was true. However, it is not true anymore.

In 2006 I had the honour to meet Harald Singer, the son of the world-famous bee breeder Wolfgang Singer. When we sat down in the restaurant table, I told him about my experiences of their Carnica queens.  Hunajayhtymä Ltd. had been importing Carnica Singer queens for years and in the early 1990s I bought 5 of them.  Tradename “Carnica-Singer” was painted with red on the cages.

These Carnica Singer queens surprised me. They had all max 5- 6 frames of brood (Jumbo frames) in the peak season.

“Impossible!”, answered Harald.  “Our queens make a big brood area.”

For a second I had doubts about the origin of my Singer queens, and had there not been the name “Carnica-Singer” on the cages and had the importer not been Hunajayhtymä, the largest beekeeping company in Finland with years of co-operation with Singer, the doubts could have been justified.  But now this contradicting information had to be solved otherwise.

And the answer is breeding.

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Picture: Liane and Wolfgang Singer

Bee breeders have been selecting for good honey crop, good temper and low swarming for a long time. Genes enabling these qualities have multiplied in population long enough: different races have become almost indistinguishable.  Today, one could argue that colour remains the only thing to separate a Carnica from Buckfast.  Crossing good breed Buckfast with good breed Carnica results in marvellously good bees.

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Picture: Heidrun Singer in continuing the work of her parents.

The best Finnish Italian bees are remarkably close to good Buckfast and good Carnica bees in their performance qualities. And with ”good” I mean bees bred by distinguished breeders, not cheapest ”race” queens found in Internet.  If only there were more serious breeders, we could see a third race become identical twin. Today in Finland we have a situation where the Italian bees of Finland are too much considered as something permanent and immortal. From the 1950s the Finnish bee breeders have bred for winter hardiness and for lower consumption. The excessive egg laying and lavish spending of stores have been rooted out. Finnish Italian bees have raised well deserved interest among bee breeders in Central Europe.

It is no secret that genes from “original” black bees, Apis mellifera mellifera, made this change.  Not original, because honeybee in Finland in not indigenous, they have been imported by man late 16th century, mainly from Estonia and Sweden.

Large brood area is the main factor influencing honey gathering ability of a beehive.  Singer Carnica was bred for a good honey crop and, little by little, selection pressure changed the nature of Carnica Singer. They were no longer small brood area bees.

Originally Carnica bees had yellow markings in upper corners of abdomen. Today these yellow, or leather brown, markings are almost extinct, thanks to tightened and unnatural race breeding instructions. (Naturgeschichte der Honigbienen by Friedrich Ruttner, 2. Auflage, pages 90 and 94)

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Years later I made another experiment with Carnica bees, bought 6 queens, this time of German origin. They were exceptionally good bees. I cannot say anything bad. Large brood areas, good temper, excellent honey crop and no inclination to swarm.   If I had not known their origin, I would have had difficulties separating them from dark line (Primorski) Buckfast.

When we breed for certain qualities, certain genes become more widespread. This a general phenomenon.

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Picture: Alaskan sled dog

One example comes from the world of dog breeding in Northern America.

https://bmcgenet.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1471-2156-11-71

“Alaskan sled dogs are a recognized population of dogs of Northern breed ancestry. While not recognized by the American Kennel Club as a distinct breed, consistency in behaviour has led to them being informally referred to as a ”breed”. The Alaskan sled dog is comprised of several different lineages, optimized for different racing styles. The Alaskan sled dog is unique in that it is not confined to a breed standard of size or appearance, as are most AKC-recognized breeds. Rather, they are a mixed breed dog. We know little about the starting stock of Alaskan sled dogs.”

Siberian Husky is a recognized breed by American Kennel Club(AKC). Alaskan sled dog, however, is not, because of its mixed and unknown origin.

Those Alaskan sled dogs which have been bred for long distance races resemble Siberian Husky dogs in their genes.  

The race definition of Siberian Husky (AKC): “The Siberian Husky, a thickly coated, compact sled dog of medium size and great endurance, was developed to work in packs, pulling light loads at moderate speeds over vast frozen expanses.”

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Picture: Siberian Husky

It is important to take care of various bee races. Many of them are endangered. But we must bear in mind that if we keep bees in modern beehives and universally favor the same beekeeping goals, good honey gathering, good temper, low swarming etc, we might be doing a disservice.  It is more important is to protect endangered genes than races. Other solution is to keep bees in nature like hives, for instance log hives.

Race is a man-made definition; gene is a creation of Nature.

48h kennot klubi

48 h kennot klubi aloittaa toimintansa heti kunhan korona virus hässäkkä helpottaa. 

 

Kerhon tarkoituksena on:

  • edistää hyvän mehiläisaineksen leviämistä
  • varroaa paremmin kestävän mehiläisen levittäminen
  • emonkasvatustaitojen kehittäminen

Kerhon jäsen sitoutuu:

  • myymään muille jäsenille 48h ikäisiä emokennoja tai toukansiirtoon soveliaita toukkakakun paloja
  • lyhyesti esittelemään toukansiirtoihin käytetyn pesän (pyydettäessä)

Kerhon toimintamuodot:

  • emokennojen osto, myynti ja vaihdanta
  • emonkasvatus aiheisten tapaamisten järjestäminen
  • kennojen lähettämistapojen kehittäminen
  • emonkasvatuskurssit
  • yhteiset paritustarhat

 

Huomioita:

Emokennojen/toukkakakun palojen hinnoittelun saa kukin jäsen itse vapaasti määrätä.

Kennojen hinta voi muodostua perusmaksusta ja kappalehinnasta. Kappalehinta voi joko laskea tai nousta lukumäärän kasvaessa. Hinnoittelun avulla on mahdollista estää turhat tilakäynnit kiireiseen aikaan ja se, että kennoja ei haaskata tai käytetä kaupallisiin tarkoituksiin.

Pesän esittelyksi luetaan:

  • lyhytkestoinen avaaminen (jos emokennot haetaan paikanpäältä)
  • sukutaulun esittäminen
  • pesän arvostelutietojen jakaminen

Paritustarhaan saa tuoda parituspesiä ennakkoilmoituksella rajallisen määrän. Parituspesät tulee olla täytetty ilman kuhnureita, tai siinä on oltava kuhnurisulkuristikko. Paritustarhan tarjoaminen muiden käyttöön on vapaaehtoista ja ilmoitetaan keväällä. Paritustarhojen tarkoitus on tuoda vaihtoehto keinosiemennykselle ja mahdollisuuden käyttöemojen pariutumiseen.

 

Klubin ”jäseneksi” pääsee kuka vaan, ilmoittautuminen vetäjälle riittää.  Virallista yhdistystä ei ole tarpeen perustaa.

 

Juhani Lundén

0500-632401

juhani.lunden@outlook.com

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Kuva yllä: Juhani Lundén                                   Kuva alla: Lauri Ruottinen

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