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Preliminary survey results indicate that 31.1% of managed honey bee colonies in the United States were lost during the 2012/2013 winter. This represents an increase in loss of 9.2 points or 42% over the previous 2011/2012 winter’s total losses that were estimated at 21.9%. This level of loss is on par with the 6 year average total loss of 30.5%.
On average, U.S. beekeepers lost 45.1% of the colonies in their operation during the winter of 2012/2013. This is a 19.8 point or 78.2% increase in the average operational loss compared to the previous winter (2011/2012), which was estimated at 25.3%. The difference between average loss and total loss is explained by the respondent pool: while a majority of the respondents (95%) were backyard beekeepers, they managed a small fraction of the colonies represented in the survey (6%). For this reason total loss (which is more heavily influenced by commercial beekeeper losses) is more representative of national losses.
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Today we learned that domestic sheep, unlike their wild cousins, don’t shed their wool each year. It turns out that over 10,000 years of breeding them for their wool has produced sheep whose wool grows all year round. So what happens when a domestic sheep isn’t shorn?
Meet Shrek, a wily Merino sheep in New Zealand who managed to avoid being shorn for 6 years in a row by hiding in a cave each time shearing season arrived. The two photos at the top of this post show you what Shrek looked like when he was finally caught back in 2004. Farmers weren’t even sure he was a sheep when they found him. Shrek was covered in an awesome, if a bit dirty, layer of fleece that weighed a whopping 60 pounds. That’s enough wool to produce 20 men’s suits.
In 2011 Shrek passed away at the impressive old age of 16, leaving the world a more awesome place for having been here.
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