Sharing information & ideas for interested beekeepers in Southern Tasmania.

Author Archives: Southern Beekeepers Association Inc.

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.

Check out: www.facebook.com/Tasmanian-Junior-Beekeepers

The coordinator is Anita Long – you can contact her through the Facebook page

 

Next Meeting

The Association’s next meeting will be on Monday 26th February 2018 at 7.30pm at the Glenorchy LINC (rear entrance of the library building). The technical part of the meeting will be devoted to Preparing Honey for Show.  As usual, this will be followed by a break for tea/coffee/snacks, then the monthly business meeting.  Visitors welcome! Continue Reading

Review of Nationally Accredited Bee Keeping Qualifications

A review of the Nationally Accredited Certificate III in Bee Keeping qualification is being undertaken on behalf of the Agriculture and Production Horticulture Industry Reference Committee. As part of this work Face-to-Face Consultation Workshops are being held across Australia. You can register for these workshops on our website (link below). https://www.skillsimpact.com.au/agriculture/training-package-projects/apiculture-bees-project/    or find out… Continue Reading

Show Us Your Bees!

From the ABC about its collaborative project between ABC Organic Gardner magazine and ABC Books: With bees in decline all over the world, we want to celebrate Aussie backyard beekeepers. That is why we are so excited to launch a call out to find true stories and photos from beekeepers of all kinds and from… Continue Reading

Drone Frames For Varroa Control

While we don’t have this problem here yet, it’s worth watching how others are dealing with the issue. There have been a number of methods suggested for Varroa Destructor mite management, ranging from chemical treatments and vaporisers to frames designed for drone brood. Varroa mites prefer drones as their longer development cycle fits their mating… Continue Reading

“Kill All The Bees”

A strange article from ABC’s “Ockham’s Razor” entitled “Kill all the bees”. Paul Sutton, professor of Environmental Science at the University Of South Australia, is not really advocating that we kill bees at all. He is talking about the unseen value of pollination and the impact to agriculture should we actually lose our bees.  It is… Continue Reading