COVID-Driven Delays: A Massive Headache For Queen Bee Breeders


There has been news everywhere that the crucial stock of queen bees is turning up dead or going missing. These COVID-driven postage delays are causing a significant headache for queen bee keepers and breeders. There have been reports that a few stocks of valuable freight require as long as ten days to show up at their destination. 

They’re showing up dead; they’re showing up stressed or simply just not arriving at all. Breeders will trial information loggers to follow temperatures and moistness in parcels yet are battling to discover an answer for the conveyance issue. Local honey bee breeders and raw honey businesses are likewise encountering delays with hive conveyances, which is affecting emerging markets.

Australian Queen Bee Breeders Association (AQBBA) president Richard Sims said that, this is a stream on impact down to the beekeeper, who can have his hives previously set up sitting tight for these queen honey bees, or holding up to requeen his queen honey bees that should be kept at ideal level for bee honey production, or for the pollination business, which is developing constantly now.” 

Mr Sims said the reproducers didn’t have the most straightforward idea of what was happening once the parcels left their hands. According to him, they don’t realize whether they’re left in postal arranging regions or trapped in vans — it depends on whether the tracking numbers work.

Beginning a Trial Using Data Loggers – 

The AQBBA will start a trial based on the information gained using data loggers in delivery parcels to screen the conditions for honey bees. A few examinations have shown that temperatures over 40 degrees can influence the feasibility of the sperm stored within the queen honey bee, which can influence the life span of the queen or her capacity to continue to lay eggs. 

The association is getting a few data loggers. It will send them bundles of queen honey bees to test the temperatures they’re presented to while voyaging and the humidity. 

We don’t know what this will show, but it will ideally rule out a portion of the issues that have been appearing with queen honey bees not enduring as long as they can in hives.

Christmas Looms –

Mr Sims said a bundle of virgin queen honey bees created from queens and drone bees semen as of late imported from the Netherlands sent from Victoria to Brisbane required ten days to be delivered. 

However, they turned up alive and were in a highly helpless condition, so whether they will be any useful for insemination is yet to be seen. Great honey bees from Holland are being brought into Australia to battle a destructive vermin that has assaulted honey bee settlements throughout the planet. 

The AQBBA is presently suggesting that breeders guarantee their queens, yet Mr Sims said some were currently declining to send them. So it is a confusing situation with regards to what the arrangement could be. Dispatches can require as long as five days to get them there, which can be satisfactory.

Local Hive Delays – 

The Australian Native Bee Association has been encountering comparative postponements. President Tim Heard said individuals were ready to get hives to territorial areas and crops that need pollination. Yet, they saw postponements of over seven days to get hives delivered into Sydney, where the business is seeing development in the pet market. 

These hives of stingless honey bees don’t prefer to be stocked up for a really long time. So most beekeepers bundle their hives so honey bees can inhale; however, there is a cutoff to how long these honey bees can endure being contained.

Honey bees sent in hives that face a delay of over a week can run out of food and are in danger of suffocation. Mr Heard said the danger was turning out to be excessively extraordinary for most beekeepers. It includes some significant downfalls to the beekeepers and making a good piece of bother for those in Sydney wishing to buy these hives. 

Considering that almost certainly, there will be an opening up of [Sydney], ideally, that will result in faster postal and cargo administrations. The need for transient products would be an unequivocal improvement.

Sharing his thoughts on the current scenario, Mr Basem Barry, founder & CEO of Geohoney says, “beekeeping has become a challenging task these days as climatic changes and diseases are tolling the industry”. 

The trouble with shipping queens is just like pushing a bit too much. However, each sensible exertion focuses on bundles containing live insects that are bundled and sent as per the Dangerous and Prohibited Goods and Packaging Guide. However, these delays are disappointing, and the entire team earnestly apologizes to the clients for the bother they caused.

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