January Lecture

Our Education Officer Ben Harden will be delivering a talk on Foul Brood on 17th January 2019 at the Teagasc Centre, Gorey.  The talk will begin at 7.30pm.   Foul brood is a disease which affects honey bees.  It comes in two strains – American and European.  Ben will detail what this is, how to identify it, and what to do about it should you be affected.

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Beginners Course 2019 Enrolling Now

Contact us to enroll on our annual Beekeeping for Beginners Course, 2019. The course commences in March 2019, and includes five lectures, followed by practical sessions at the Association Apiary. Lectures are on the following topics: 1. Basic Bee Biology 2. Hives and equipment 3. Swarming 4. Harvesting the crop and preparing colonies for winter 5. Pests and Diseases The course (including annual membership) costs €100 (€20 deposit payable before the commencement of the course). 

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RIP Philip McCabe

Gorey Beekeepers was saddened to learn of the passing of the head of the International Association of Beekeepers, Philip McCabe. Philip was well known across the world for his work with bees, pollinators and environmental work. The Irish Federation of Beekeepers says his death “will be felt by beekeepers all over the world”.

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The Current Situation of the Honey Market

Norberto L. Garcia has published an article on the current state of the honey market, which makes a very interesting read. Introduction Global beekeeping is currently affected by many adverse factors that threaten its sustainability. The advance of agriculture, the destruction of natural environments, the contamination of bee forage lands with pesticides, the appearance of new bee diseases, and the increasing average age of beekeepers have affected beekeeping activities during the last few decades. Additionally,

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