Thursday, 20 October 2016

First Europe-wide approval of the New Varroa Treatment - VARROMED


First Europe-wide approval of the New Varroa Treatment
Regarding – First Europe-wide approval of the New Varroa Treatment - VARROMED 
 Today we, BeeVital (, approach you with important news for the beekeeping world. BeeVital is a leading Bee Health company from Austria, specialized in natural products and treatments for Honey Bees.

We are very happy to inform you that after 4 years of intense work and efforts, BeeVital has received a positive opinion from the European Medicines Agency for the registration of our Varroacide VARROMED.
During its October meeting the Committee for Veterinary Medicinal Products (CVMP) has overwhelmingly voted in favor of our application to register VARROMED in all of Europe

The CVMP decision means that VARROMED will be available in all European countries, making VARROMED,
• The first EU wide registered veterinary medicine (VMP) for bees – ever!
• The first Varroa Treatment approved for “Spring Treatment, “Late summer / Autumn Treatment” and “Winter Treatment”. This means it is
• The first year-around option to combat the Varroa mite – the bees worst enemy
• The first product to have a zero day withdrawal period in combination with a year round indication.

Do not hesitate to contact us for more information. Please also find more details in the PRESS RELEASE below.

Yours sincerely,

DI Dominik N. Hohl, MBA, CEO and
Werner G. Hohl, Founder

Thursday, October 13, 2016, Salzburg/Austria.

New Varroa Treatment VARROMED – the 1st ever Bee Medicine with EU-wide approval: Ready-to-use for Spring/Autumn/Winter treatment

BeeVital introduces new Medicine against Varroosis:
For the first time the European Medicines Agency (EMA) recommended the registration of a product for bees.

VARROMED was shown to be effective in all European climate zones and will be approved for “Spring, Autumn and Winter Treatment”. This makes VARROMED the first Varroa treatment that can be used at all relevant times throughout the beekeeping year.

This approval marks a milestone in Europe-wide combating of Varroosis, still the No. 1 problem worldwide for bees and beekeepers.

VARROMED is a ready-to-use product based on a combination of natural components with the active ingredients oxalic acid and formic acid. This combination leads to increased efficacy against Varroa mites and to a better tolerance  by the bees.
The new product has been scientifically tested in the most extensive field studies with locations in Vienna, Stuttgart, Celle and Madrid representing Continental, Maritime and Mediterranean climate. Spring, Autumn and Winter tests for each climate zone were undertaken to prove the excellent efficacy of the product. The result is a product that can be used at any critical moment throughout the beekeeping year and in the Varroa life-cycle. This makes VARROMED ideal for use in integrated pest management (IPM).
"With our new product we help to effectively combated the Varroa infestation in the bee colonies and to better keep the mite levels under control," says Werner Hohl, founder of BeeVital.
VARROMED is an easy to use liquid formulation that is directly applied onto the bees simplifying Varroa treatment. For the distribution in the colony VARROMED makes use of the bees own hygienic instinct – the grooming behaviour. Due to the nature of the ingredients VARROMED does not pose any risks to honey production. In fact, this is reflected in the zero-day-withdrawal period of VARROMED approved by the EMA.

"We are looking forward to working with the beekeepers and beekeeping associations all over Europe and to continue our successful collaborations with the beekeeping community, which we have established over the past years. With our new product VARROMED we contribute significantly to the promotion of bee health. The introduction to the markets is scheduled for beginning of 2017.

BeeVital will remain committed to developing and providing natural solutions for bee health and animal welfare."
Dominik Hohl, CEO of BeeVital GmbH.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Her Royal Highness.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Sales and Extractors

The days are swiftly getting shorter and colder and we will all before long be leaving the bees alone for winter.

Sale days are upon us and I attended Thornes sale day today. This is the first I have attended but on Catherine's recommendation I ordered my things in advance and they were packaged and waiting for me when I arrived this morning. It was all incredibly efficient....I think Thornes have been taking lessons from the bees!!

After collecting my order we went for a bite to eat and a drink before a wander through the shop. There certainly were a lot of people and even a few familiar faces too!!

My main purchase was my honey spinner. I have always borrowed one in the past but this isn't always easy as people often want to spin honey at the same time and after being shown this one I knew it was the spinner for me!!

I went for a manual extractor, I only have three hives so it will be enough for me. This is a three frame extractor and is clear so ideal for demonstrations which with all the talks I have been giving of late I knew would be just perfect!!

Obviously everyone is different and have their own opinions but what matter is that I am very happy with my purchase!!

I also grabbed some honey spoons, posters and an un-capping tray. So that's me all set for next year....except tht is for the last bits of winter prep on the hive.....hopefully tomorrow for that though!!

Saturday, 1 October 2016


I have been keeping bees for about 4 years now and I am so glad I got somewhere to place my hives as I have really enjoyed the hives, the education, and the journey but of late I have been realising that it isn't just that I've helped the bees, I feel that they have helped me improve myself too.

When I sat my Diploma (many,many years ago!) we had to do a series of observations over the years as this was to be part and parcel of my job. I like to think that I was quite an observant person anyway but was happy to be given the tools to improve this. We had to observe visually and this has certainly helped with my hive inspections...but now I find that my hive inspections have somewhat heightened my other senses and made me more observant of them too.

When I go to my hives to do an inspection firstly I always do the visual check, hives all secure....entrances clear of debris.....pollen and bees going in and out.....wasp activity around the hive.

                                 Photo: Bees still happy

But then observation with the eyes cease and it's my other senses that initially take over. After all, I need to get off a roof, a crown board, some supers and then a queen excluder before I am then really going to put my eyes to good use again to check for brood, larvae and eggs. And yet before I do any of that I can alert myself to a potential problem within the hive by using my nose and my ears. Two senses of observation that I really only thought about more closely over the last couple of weeks.

I don't know about the rest of you but when I first crack that lid on the hive I immediately stop....and that point I can often tell if there may be a problem...purely from the buzz of the bees. Then of course there is the 'scent' of the hive. Bees use it all the time...their Queens pheromone to help them navigate...but that scent helps us to pick out problems too. For any of you that aren't beekeepers I can't describe it to you...but there is a wonderful scent to a healthy hive and one that I am quite addicted to. I don't know if anyone else can describe it...personally I think it needs to be anyone out there who doesn't have bees feel free to get in touch with me...I'd be happy to take you into my hives next year so you can experience it first hand!!

But my senses of observation being heightened haven't stopped at the hives, I notice myself noticing more whilst I am out and about. I don't know whether it is because I have become more attuned to buzzing and scent but I seem to notice now if there is activity about and it makes me stop and look, maybe because I now know what I am looking for it makes more sense for me to observe...I don't know...I just know that I owe a lot more to the bees than just honey!!