The NBU have published a leaflet detailing the guidelines for the sale of nuclei.
Sale of honey bee nuclei factsheet March 2012
Here’s an extract from NBU Leaflet:
A honey bee nucleus supplier following best practice should:
- Regularly check all stocks for signs of disease. All personnel involved in the production and distribution of nuclei should be competent in recognising bee diseases and pests and, if necessary, have attended a recognised practical bee diseases and pests identification training course. Pest and disease recognition information should be available to all staff for identification purposes.
- Report any statutory diseases or pests found in stocks held or sold immediately to the National Bee Unit (NBU). If a statutory disease or pest is suspected to be present in any stocks, no stocks on the premises may be moved or sold until they have been inspected by a NBU Bee Inspector. (Note: these are requirements of the Bee Diseases and Pests Control (England) Order 2006)
- Keep records of all sales of nuclei and the date of despatch. The records should include the purchaser’s name and address and contact telephone number(s) and email (where possible). Under the 2006 Order – see previous bullet point – this information will need to be provided to the NBU if a statutory pest or disease is found on your premises to enable them to carry out follow up checks on the stocks sold.
- Provide a comprehensive care and development instruction sheet with all sales of nuclei. This must include details of any treatments (including for Varroa) that have been applied to the nuclei and the dates on which these were administered in line with statutory requirements under Veterinary Medicines legislation.
- Have a published customer conflict policy to cover any disputes with purchasers.
- Adhere to the NBU guidelines on nucleus composition .
Sellers and buyers can learn more through the NBU’s BeeBase website www.nationalbeeunit.com