The ABC reports that Australia’s largest mass migration of livestock — in the form of bees — is underway in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic. The bulk of the work is conducted at night while most are sleeping.
In a record-breaking year, an estimated 227,000 beehives or more than 9 billion bees are being trucked in for the critical job of pollinating Victoria’s billion-dollar almond crop.
It has taken months of work behind the scenes to ensure apiarists can safely and efficiently cross the COVID-19 checkpoints on the borders.
Without them, the nuts would not set on trees and crops would fail. And yes, bees are classified as livestock by the Australian Taxation Office.