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Beekeeping enterprises - Questionnaire / Report

Criteria of quality

Very good

Good

Not very satisfactory

Insufficient

Bee feeding

No feeding between honeyflows

 

     

Feeding between honeyflows without supers

 

q

   

Feeding up to 14 days before a honeyflow

   

q

 
Feeding during honeyflow or feeding between honeyflows with supers on the hive      

q

Use of drugs

Use of authorized natural acaricides

q

     

Use of authorized synthetic acaricides

 

q

   

Use of authorized medicine not in accordance with instructions

   

q

 

Use of unauthorized medicine

     

q

Use of antibiotics as a preventive measure

     

q

Frames renewal and storage

Complete renewal of all brood frames / number of years

up to 3 q

3-4 years q

over 4 q

 

Sorting of combs before storage (no wax moth or brood), removal of super frames having contained brood

yes q

 

no q

 

Treating for wax moth unnecessary

q

     

Combating wax moth:
   - storing comb below 10° or freezing

q

     

    - by airing properly outside under shelter

q

     

    - with sulfur

 

q

   

    - with Bacillus thuringensis

 

q

   

    - use of other chemical substances

     

q

Honey harvest

No frames hnaving cotained brood

q

     

A few frames having contained brood but now brood free

 

q

   

A few frames containing brood

   

q

 

Extraction of brood-comb frames

no q

 

yes q

 

Use of bee excluders

q

     

Use of a bee blower

 

q

   

Use of smoke and a bee brush

 

q

   

Use of chemical repellents

     

q

Comb sealed over 70%

 

q

   

Comb sealed under 70%

   

q

 
Honey house and equipment

Bee-proof honey house

yes q

 

no q

 

The honey house is washable (floor and walls)

yes q

 

no q

 

The honey house was cleaned before the honey harvest

yes q

 

no q

 

The honey house is fitted with a drinking water tap

yes q

   

no q

The honey house is free of chemical products and strong odors

yes q

 

no q

 

The extractor is made of stainless steel

q

     

The extractor is made of iron, coated with food-quality paint

   

q

 

The extractor is made of iron, without food-quality paint

     

q

The honey recipients are stainless steel

q

     

The honey recipients are food-quality plastic

 

q

   

The honey recipients are aluminum or plastic (not of food-quality)

     

q

The extractor rotor is oiled with grease suitable for foodstuffs (grease for milking cows, Vaseline for ex.)

q

     

The rotor is oiled with mineral oil or paraffin

     

q

The rest of the equipment is clean and rust free

yes q

   

no q

The holes in the honey filter are larger or equal to 0.2 mm

q

     

The holes in the honey filter are smaller than 0.2 mm (pollen is held back)

     

q

Honey filtration, filling and storage

Settling time for honey, in days

> 3 q

< 3 q

   

Honey is put into drums or jars straight after extraction

     

q

Honey is put into drums or jars without heating

q

     

Honey is liquefied by heating to 105°F, number of days

 

< 3 q

3-5 q

> 5 q

Honey liquefied in a Bain-Marie

q

     

Honey liquefied in a heating chamber

 

q

   

Honey liquefied by direct heat source (elements or flame)

   

q

 

Honey drums are stainless steel

q

     

Honey drums are steel coated with wax + food-quality paint

 

q

   

Honey drums are steel coated with wax

   

q

 

Honey drums are steel (recycled)

     

q

The storage room is free of chemical products, dirt and strong smelling substances

yes q

   

no q

Criteria of quality

Very good

Good

Not very satisfactory

Insufficient

Final appreciation

 

 

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