Born to beekeep
With a surname like Mielgo, is working with bees your destiny?
Paulo Mielgo (miel means honey in Spanish) has joined Vita as its new technical manager. He comes from Argentina and beekeeping is in his blood. His father has managed 700 hives across a wide territory north of Buenos Aires and he can’t really remember his first encounter with a beehive because he would have been only a very few years old.
After gaining a degree from a veterinary college in Argentina, Paulo has worked in many different countries including Italy, México, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Uruguay, Chile and Argentina.
Paulo comes to Vita from Apilab, Vita’s South American partner, and will be working with researchers and universities to help develop new honey bee health and nutrition products.
On his first trip to see some British apiaries, Paulo called in to see the church at Wooton St Lawrence, near Vita’s HQ. The village church has a great beekeeping history because it was once the parish church of the Rev Charles Butler, author of The Feminine Monarchie, published in 1623 and the first book to promote the idea that the head of a hive is a queen and not a king.