As a beekeeper you directly influence the health of your bees by offering the colony food, shelter and a safe environment.
Without the help of a beekeeper, honey bees would hardly be able to survive in Europe today. Unattended colonies would die after two to three years due to the effects of Varroa mite infestation and the viruses it spreads.
Nowadays, the struggle against this invasive parasite from Asia shapes much of the beekeeper’s daily routine in Europe and North America. They have to make sure that their hives are healthy when winter comes, to ensure that sufficient numbers of bees survive the cold months, so a strong colony can develop the following spring.
Beekeepers and farmers have a common interest: healthy honey bees. Farmers benefit from the bees’ pollination work, and beekeepers harvest the honey. Regular discussions helps both beekeepers and farmers to avoid damage to bees by agricultural practices. Important is to inform the farmer on the positioning of your hives near his farmland. Also see ‘as a farmer’.