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Echuca beekeeper fined $12,500 for failure to reveal American foulbrood infections



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A widely known beekeeper from Echuca has been fined after pleading responsible to breaching biosecurity legal guidelines, together with failing to inform authorities of hives contaminated with American and European foulbrood.

Bradley Jackson was fined $12,500 and launched on a 12-month good behaviour bond endeavor in Shepparton’s Magistrates Courtroom on Tuesday.

Jackson pleaded responsible to eight counts of breaching the Livestock Illness Management Act 1994.

The courtroom heard 12 hives that belonged to Jackson have been discovered to be contaminated with American foulbrood, a notifiable bee illness that causes colonies to develop into weak and die.

In August 2020 Jackson bought 70 beehives from Christine Webb following the dying of her father, who was a well known apiarist within the area.

Victorian Division of Jobs, Precincts and Areas information indicated American foulbrood had been beforehand detected in Ms Webb’s hives, however the courtroom was advised Jackson was not conscious of the an infection when he made the acquisition.

The courtroom heard the signs of American foulbrood have been seen when Jackson offered the hives to a different enterprise.

The hives have been ordered to be destroyed and the brand new proprietor was compensated by the Victorian authorities.

Division of Jobs, Precincts and Areas senior prosecutor Elana Tozer advised the courtroom there was “no proof suggesting that the 2 ailments current within the accused hives unfold to another”.

“Nonetheless, [the issue is] the potential threat, given the extremely contagious nature of each ailments,” she mentioned.

“The ailments would have been current for a minimum of 5 months prior and if Mr Jackson had of finished his diligence he would have noticed this.”

Jackson has 35 years of expertise within the apiary business and is the proprietor of natural honey enterprise My Dad’s Honey.

He additionally pleaded responsible to having hives that weren’t marked along with his registered model.

For biosecurity causes, it’s a authorized obligation for all hives in Victoria to be branded with the beekeeper’s registration quantity.

The sentence comes as authorities in New South Wales wrestle to cease an outbreak of Varroa destructor, which was first detected in June.