Under the terms of the AFB NPMS, all hives found to be infected with AFB must be notified to the Management Agency within seven days.
To keep track of AFB findings, the date, name of the apiary, and number of hives should be recorded in an apiary book. An apiary site book is a diary used by beekeepers to record management operations in individual apiaries. It is usually kept in the beekeeping vehicle for easy reference.
The AFB information recorded in the apiary book should be used to produce a written report that is sent to the Management Agency, either in a letter, or in a form provided by the agency for the purpose. The report must include the date the case was found, the apiary location, the number of hives infected, the Beekeeper Registration Number, and the beekeepers name, address and phone number.
Annual Disease Return to be sent in each June
Apiary book records of AFB cases are also needed to complete the Annual Disease Return which must be done by all beekeepers on or before 1 June each year. The return must list the date and location of every AFB case found during the previous 12 months in beehives owned by the beekeeper.
Benefits for beekeepers
AFB records are also an important management tool for beekeepers. The records provide information on known problem areas and apiaries. They also provide a yardstick against which to judge the success or failure of changes in management practices that have been made in an effort to reduce the incidence of AFB.