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World-renowned beekeeping expert joins Vita

Internationally respected US beekeeping expert Jerry Hayes has been appointed vice president North America for Vita Bee Health to help beekeepers improve and maintain the health of their honey bees.

For almost four decades, Jerry Hayes has worked across the USA apicultural industry to promote sustainable beekeeping. As head apiarist of the State of Florida inspection service when Colony Collapse Disorder struck, he was on the front line helping Floridian beekeepers and their 300,000 plus colonies. For three decades, he has also been well-known and respected amongst beekeepers for his informative and entertaining column, The Classroom, for the American Bee Journal.

Jerry Hayes’ work has encompassed the full range of beekeeping and pollination interests. He is a founding member of the Colony Collapse Working Group and the Bee Informed Partnership. He is also a member of the Steering Committee of the Honey Bee Health Coalition which he set up while working for Monsanto to bring together the wide range of beekeeping interests.

On his appointment, Jerry Hayes said, “Moving to Vita Bee Health gives me a bigger canvas to do positive things for beekeeping. Vita touches beekeeping at all levels – from the hobbyist right up to the large-scale operators. Since I first encountered Vita in the early 2000s, I have been impressed at the way they are always looking to innovate and to make an impact at the front line of beekeeping.”

Welcoming Jerry Hayes, Jeremy Owen, CFO of Vita Bee Health, said, “On the twentieth anniversary of our company, a strategic review of our global business confirmed the importance of our North American presence. The appointment of Jerry Hayes is a perfect fit for our business and is very timely as we introduce our new feed and pollen supplement products alongside the well-established varroa control products of Apiguard and Apistan.”

Max Watkins, CEO of Vita Bee Health, added, “I first met Jerry Hayes in Florida in 2006 just before CCD struck. I was immediately impressed by his communication skills and the respect with which he was held by beekeepers. He will make a very positive impact in our increasingly strong Vita team.”

HOT PRESS: Jerry Hayes will be giving a talk in Basingstoke, UK, at 6.30pm for 7pm on Thursday 8 November 2018. Registration for free tickets is essential. Register here.

 

About Vita Bee Health

Vita Bee Health is a mite control and honeybee health specialist. It is the world’s largest dedicated supplier of honeybee health products to the honey and pollination industries. With a rigorous and ethical approach to research and development into honeybee health, Vita has no commercial interests in crop pesticides or crop breeding that may be harmful to honeybees.

Vita researches, develops, and manufactures a range of honeybee health products. Its headquarters are in the UK, it has offices in Italy, France and Russia, and partners across the globe. These products are marketed internationally through a network of 60 distributors in 50 countries.

Vita’s honeybee health product range includes anti-varroa acaricides – Apistan® (outside the USA/Canada) and Apiguard® – chalkbrood and wax moth controlsfoulbrood diagnostic kits and health-promoting feeds. Vita also supplies Asian hornet traps, Small Hive Beetle traps, a Bee Gym varroa grooming aid and swarm lures. Vita products have been registered by more than 60 veterinary authorities.

Vita promotes sustainable beekeeping through Integrated Pest Management (IPM). Its treatments are designed to inhibit the build-up of resistance and wherever possible contain natural compounds and biological controls that are benign to all but the target pests.

Vita invests a very high proportion of its turnover in research and development. Research partners include universities such as Thessaloniki, Cardiff, Milan, Udine and Naples and institutes such as the FERA Laboratories in the UK and the USDA in America. Vita’s innovative research and development work has been recognised by and has received support from the UK Government.

As a result of its primary research of natural control agents, Vita is currently engaged in new projects exploring mite control in the agriculture, veterinary, and horticulture industries as well as public health and human allergen control.

See www.vitabeehealth.com for more information and a web app which can be accessed at www.healthybeeguide.com.

Follow Vita as “Vita Bee Health” on Facebook and as @vitabeehealth on Twitter.

Media Enquiries
Stephen Fleming at Palam Communications
+44 (0) 1635 299116
s.fleming@palam.co.uk

See www.vita-europe.com for more information and a web app which can be accessed at www.healthybeeguide.com.

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