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Standard Global Patties are a time-tested yeast/soy/sugar formula with bee pollen* and are available in several formulations.

Recently, Dr. Joe Latshaw and his father concluded that this successful and widely-accepted bee diet can be enhanced by adding selected fats, vitamins and minerals, and has developed a Vitamin & Mineral Supplement especially for standard yeast/soy bee diets.  After preliminary tests, Global is now including this vitamin, mineral and lipid supplement product in all future production at no additional cost to the beekeeper.

* All pollen used in Global Patties is irradiated to government specifications to prevent the risk of bee disease.

For more details, please see the order forms: Canada|USA |World.  Global also makes patties to your own specifications, on special order, using any ingredients you wish to request or to supply. Email Mike to discuss arrangements.


Here is what Dr. Latshaw says about his product:

My dad and I have been working on the supplement for the past 4-5 years. My dad is an animal research nutritionist. It started with a conversation about artificial bee diets and looking at what diets are currently used in the industry. We wanted to develop a nutritional profile for current diets and look at the cost as well. After a review of the literature, we decided to start from scratch with our own analysis and formulations. We then began to develop an artificial diet with our analysis of natural pollen samples. Most artificial diets focus on protein levels, but there is much more to a diet than protein. Our initial goal was to develop a complete diet for the market, which we did. However, there are a lot of commercial beekeepers mixing their own diets. While listening to a presentation by Dave Mendes I thought, why not market the vitamin and mineral portion of our diet as that would have much broader appeal and it was something we already worked out for the complete formulation. We set out to match the nutritional profile of natural pollen by adding our vitamin and mineral supplement to artificial diets and our current research is focusing on enhancing the formulation by "tweaking" ratios and filling in the gaps where we can actually improve upon natural pollen.

Our work is ongoing but we feel that we have a very cost effective solution for beekeepers to meet the nutritional needs of their bees. Our vitamin and mineral supplement is formulated at 5lbs of supplement for every ton of bee supplement, on a dry matter basis. That works out to about 2 cents per patty to help meet nutritional needs.

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