Bumblebee Sector Guide To The National Bee Farm-level Biosecurity Standard
Appendix A: Grower Operating Steps

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Appendix A: Grower Operating Steps – Bumblebees
Flowchart - Grower Operating Steps – Bumblebees. Description follows.
Description of flowchart - Appendix A

Appendix A is a flow chart labelled Grower Operating Steps – Bumblebees

There are four sections (flows) with boxes labelled:

1) Recording

  • From Recording a single arrow leads to a box labelled Recording hives received
  • From Recording hives received a single arrow leads to a box labelled Record any movements of hives
  • From Record any movements of hives a single arrow leads to a box labelled Record pollination indicators or bee activity
  • From Record pollination indicators or bee activity a single arrow leads to a box labelled Record any signs of pests
  • From Record any signs of pests a single arrow leads to a box labelled Record disposal of hives

2) Grower Management

  • From Grower Management a single arrow leads to a box labelled Place hives to manage stress factors
  • From Place hives to manage stress factors a single arrow leads to a box labelled Reduce factors that could contribute to escapes
  • From Reduce factors that could contribute to escapes a single arrow leads to a box labelled Monitor for pollination intensity and/or bee activity
  • From Monitor for pollination intensity and/or bee activity two arrows lead to two boxes labelled:
    • Dispose of and replace hives with poor activity.
    • Add hives as required for pollination. From here a single arrow leads to a box labelled Dispose of hives at expiration

3) Sourcing Bees

  • From Sourcing Bees a single arrow leads to a box labelled Purchase bumblebees in new hives from certified supplier
  • From Purchase bumblebees in new hives from certified supplier a single arrow leads to a box labelled Place hives to minimize susceptibility to pests
  • From Place hives to minimize susceptibility to pests a single arrow leads to a box labelled Destroy hive if pests are found

4) Disposal

  • From the boxes labelled Dispose of and replace hives with poor activity and Dispose of hives at expiration (Grower Management Section) and Destroy hive if pests are found (Sourcing Bees section) arrows lead to a box labelled Close hive doors and bag before moving.
  • From Close hive doors and bag before moving two arrows lead to two boxes labelled:
    • Kill colony
    • Incinerate hive
  • From Kill colony a single arrow leads to a box labelled Bury hive at landfill
  • From Incinerate hive a single arrow leads to a box labelled Record disposal of hives

Appendix A follows the processes of recording, grower management, sourcing of bees and disposal. Records should be kept detailing the specifics of received hives, hive movements, pollination indicators or bee activity, signs of any pests and hive disposal. Growers' place hives to manage stress factors reduce factors that could contribute to escapes and monitor for pollination intensity and/or bee activity. Hives with poor activity are disposed of or replaced. Hives may be added as required for pollination. Dispose of hives at expiration. Bumblebees are purchased in new hives from a certified supplier. Hives are placed to minimize susceptibility to pests. Hives are destroyed if pests are found. Hive designated for disposal should have the hive door closed and the hive bagged before moving. The colony is killed and the hive either incinerated or buried at a landfill.

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