Today I battled the blowing snow and made the trip into Winnipeg to attend the first day of the MBA’s 108th annual beekeeping convention. The highlighted guest speakers are Randy Oliver from Grass Valley California and Dr. James Ellis from the University of Florida. The highlight of the day was Randy’s first topic of discussion, Looking into the Biology of a Honeybee Colony. All I have to say is this man is brilliant, and I enjoy listening to him speak. He stands in front of us and talks about beekeeping beekeeping beekeeping and adds some depth to his topics with his scientific background. He is speaking again tomorrow first thing and I’m going to be sure to be in attendance.
A good portion of the afternoon was dedicated towards Lyme disease and this is something I am glad they spent some time on. The deer tick has moved in and with it Lyme disease. As a beekeeper working out in the grass I fall into a high risk bracket for Lyme disease. After one of the Lyme disease topics during coffee I approached the presenter and talked to her about what I can do to minimize exposure to Lyme disease and came away with a clear strategy in hand to help manage the issue. There were a few beekeepers who spoke on the subject and I was surprised just how many local beekeepers have had experience with Lyme disease from being bitten by deer ticks. This is an issue that I am taking very seriously.
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>>Ian, on the Minnesota/Wisconsin border deer ticks and Lyme disease have been around for longer than the 20 years I’ve been in the area.