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Next meeting

The next meeting of the SBA will be on for Monday 28 May 2018, starting at 7.30pm, at the Glenorchy LINC, rear entrance.

The technical part of the meeting will be a presentation by a Guest Speaker on Quality Control in Beekeeping.  Tea, coffee and supper food are provided between the technical session and business session.

All Welcome!

Beginner Beekeeper Course 1

Southern Beekeepers Association is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the first Beginner Course for 2018. Numbers are limited to 20 people, with a follow-up course if there is enough interest registered. 2018 SBA Beginner Beekeeping Course 1: Wednesday 29 August 2018 6 – 9pm followed by a weekend of theory and… Continue Reading

QLD beekeepers use satellite tracking for security

Along with the weather, the threat of pesticides and vandals, hive theft is yet another challenge beekeepers face. Central Queensland commercial beekeeper Paul Marsh, who is frustrated with thieves, has resorted to modern technology to arrest the problem. “The first time hives got stolen it was pretty emotional and the last few I just got… Continue Reading

Honey Extraction Kits

Honey Extraction Kits – for loan to SBA members: The kits comprise: *   Electric knife, with stand *   Extractor *   Two semi-circular Perspex lids for the extractor – these are easily damaged – best wrapped in bubble-wrap when not in use *   Legs for raising the extractor to a convenient height… Continue Reading

Sad news from the Northern Territory

A Top End beekeeper says hundreds of thousands of his bees in 120 hives have died after being poisoned with the loss costing him up to $70,000. The hives were 15 kilometres to the west of Katherine, and were believed to have been sprayed with an insecticide on Sunday or Monday. Nathan Woods has notified… Continue Reading

Not quite medicinal honey

A hospital in Wales had a sticky situation on their hands with two colonies in the walls, so they called in the Tree Bee Society to remove them. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/08/18/bee_hives_spotted_in_hospital_after_honey_started_dripping_down_the_walls/ Continue Reading

Feel like your bees understand you? New research suggests a reason

“The genetic pathway toward social behavior for honey bees and mammals is more similar than previously thought, according to a new study published in PLOS Computational Biology titled “Conservation in Mammals of Genes Associated with Aggression-Related Behavioral Phenotypes in Honey Bees.” Social animals have complex lives, where development and survival are dependent on social interaction. Many animals including humans,… Continue Reading

Myrtle Rust Biosecurity Advisory

Myrtle Rust vigilance needed over summer Biosecurity Advisory 29/2015 Tasmanians are urged to lookout for signs of myrtle rust to ensure any new detections of the fungal disease can be dealt with swiftly and effectively. Warm summer temperatures and humid conditions create an ideal environment for myrtle rust. As at 10 December 2015 there is… Continue Reading

Does Royal Jelly Make a Queen Bee?

According to new research, Royal Jelly Isn’t What Makes a Queen Bee a Queen Bee. Rather it is the absence of substances found in bee bread which triggers the development of ovaries. Some interesting implications to the supposed benefits of eating Royal Jelly can be drawn from this. Continue Reading