Sharing information & ideas for interested beekeepers in Southern Tasmania.

Southern Beekeepers Association Inc.

The Southern Beekeepers Association is a forum for back-yard and commercial beekeepers alike in Southern Tasmania.  Membership conveys great benefits through sharing ideas and information. The peak beekeeping body in Tasmania is the Tasmanian Beekeepers Association (TBA),  which takes the lead in representing the industry to Government.  Apart from being an incorporated body in our own right (SBA Inc.) we are also the TBA’s Southern Branch, and we conduct a range of activities for the benefit of southern beekeepers.

Honey and Photography Competitions – 2018

Classes are as follows:

1. Novice – any honey (see below)
2. Introduced flora
3. Native flora
4. Leatherwood
5. Soft candied
6. Hard candied
7. Frame
8. Beeswax
9. Mead
Mat Mulholland Trophy: most points in classes 2 to 9

Conditions of entry
• Competition is open to all SBA financial members
• Entry: Free
• Honey to be exhibited in round 500 gram clear jars, with
white twist top lids
• Mead to be exhibited in round 750 ml clear bottles
• Beeswax to be cakes of 500 grams minimum
• Only one entry per class per exhibitor except classes 2 & 3 providing they are different
species and are marked as such on the jar. (If more than one entry, only 1 counts for the Max Mulholland Trophy)

All entries to be submitted at the Association meeting on Monday 30th July 2018. LATE ENTRIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Exhibition of entries and prizes awarded at the Annual Dinner in September.

Judging Criteria:
Liquid Honey – Flavour 30 points, Density 30 points, Aroma 20 points, Clearness and brightness 10 points,
Finish 10 points.
Candied honey – Flavour 25 points, Colour 20 points, Aroma 10 points, Softness of Grain 25 points,
Regularity of Grain 10 points, Finish 10 points.
Beeswax – Colour & Aroma 30 points, Cleanliness 20 points, Uniformity of Appearance 20 points, Freedom from cracking and shrinkage 15 points, Crystallisation 15 points.

Standard glass jars with white lids are available free to members who commit to submitting an entry in the competition – available at monthly meetings. So prepare your honey for showing in the competition!

In particular, the Novice Class: For many years, the winner of the Novice Class was presented with ‘The Hive and the Honey Bee’, on loan for the year. This is a very thick book, edited by Joe M Graham (Dadant & Sons), with a wealth of information about bees and beekeeping. Then it went missing. After giving up the search for it, Peter Norris has obtained another copy, so the tradition is set to continue. All we need now is a flood of entries in the Novice Class. To be eligible for this class a member must have not previously won a prize in the competition (any class).

PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION – being run by the SBA for the first time this year
1. Inspecting hives
2. Bee swarms
3. Bees working nectar sources
4. Floral landscapes, e.g. leatherwood
5. Any other beekeeping photo

Conditions of Entry:
• Competition is open to all SBA financial members
• Photos may be at risk of loss or damage; please provide a copy only
• Entry: free
High resolution photos required, i.e. best not from a mobile phone
• All photos to have been taken during the last 12 months
• Only one entry per member per class
• All entries to be submitted at the Association meeting on Monday 30th July 2018. LATE ENTRIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Exhibition of entries and prizes awarded at the Annual Dinner in September.
• Photos may be colour or black-and-white, may be mounted on card or unmounted, and be between 10 x 15 cm and 20.5 x 25.5 cm in size.

Next meeting

The next meeting of the SBA will be on for Monday 25 June 2018, starting at 7.30pm, at the Glenorchy LINC, rear entrance. The technical part of the meeting will be a presentation by Dr Nicholas Chantler on Beekeeping Quality Management.  Tea, coffee and supper food are provided between the technical session and business session.… Continue Reading

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 another 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 practice… Continue Reading

Junior Beekeeping

A Tasmanian Junior Beekeeping Group was established in 2017.  It didn’t take long for it to start thriving, thanks to energetic volunteers – they have even harvested honey from their hives.   The group generally meets near Richmond, and welcomes 7 to 17 year olds who are curious about the delights of bees and beekeeping.… Continue Reading