2019 Honey Show

The 2019 Honey Show was held on 21st November at the Teagasc Centre. There was a good turnout, with lots of different honey for judge Ben Harden to sample. Whilst conducting the judging, Ben explained how the process works, and what the judges are looking for – great advice for anyone looking to enter their honey into the big shows next year. The 2019 winners were: Best Honey (Jar): Alex McLean Best Section Honey: Adrian

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2020 Beginners’ Course

Register now for the 2020 Beginners’ Course in Beekeeping. Simply drop us a line here to register your interest. The course costs €100, and includes the following: annual membership of the Gorey Beekeeper’s Association (inc. insurance via FIBKA and a monthly magazine, An Beachaire) ; five lectures with course materials; a copy of the Bee Manual book; access to the Gorey Beekeeper’s Association Apiary for practical, hands-on sessions with a experienced beekeepers The course runs

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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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