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Welcome to South Tipperary Beekeepers Website ! 


Our association represents over 100 members and is affiliated with the Federation of Irish Beekeepers.

On this website, you will find details about our programme of lecturers and demonstrations and information on study courses which we run over the winter months, amongst other updates and information.  The art of beekeeping is constantly evolving and our association is proactive in keeping our members well informed and up to date on bee related topics.

It is well worth joining our association where we endeavour to encourage and inspire you to bring bees into your life.  

HAPPY BEEKEEPING


NEWS


March 2017
Note change of Venue for our beginners course.  It will now kick off 8th April in Park Hotel, Clonmel at 9.30am, all details on Education Page.
With the spell of mild weather, spring plants seem to have arrived early this year and the bees are responding accordingly.  The queen will be needing plenty of room and the workers will be looking for more parking space, its time to get ahead with new frames of foundation and supers.  Now that the Oilseed rape & Dandelion are in flower we are seeing rapid build up in hives. 


Feb 2017

Always wanted to take up beekeeping?  See the announcement of our begineeers beekeeping course on our Education Page.  This is an exciting opportunity to learn the trade from top class beekeepers at your own pace in a relaxed, friendly environment, come along and feel the buzz....
Spring is only around the corner and then our bees will be back into full flight.  Be sure to be ready, clean & prepare your equipment, purchase necessary items, have your supers ready.  At the moment continue to check for varroa, heft and feed if necessary.  This is a critical time for our bees, so make sure they have plenty of water, food & heat.   


Jan 2017

Happy New Year to you all, wishing you lots of honey in 2017!  Tom Prendergast is  kicking off the year  & our spring lecture series with a talk on "10 hives, 500LB of Honey" - this will be worth attending.  For our full schedule please see Events page.
We have also posted a new fact sheet on "Shook Swarm". It's a good time to prepare & plan for the season, so read up & don't miss our lecture series to help you take the best care of your bees so that they can maximise your honey crop for this year.


December 2016

Tis the season to be Jolly and speaking of Jolly, we have posted a new fact sheet on mead making, why not try to make your first glass of mead this Christmas and a few candles for the season also.  
It is a quiet time for our bees, remember the less disturbance the better. If they break from the cluster they will consume food and energy and shorten their life.  There is still lots for the beekeeper to do, check for the varroa count and assess if any winter treatment is needed.  Also, on a good fine day, when the cluster is broken, you could heft, if hives are very light  you could give them some fondant as an xmas present! Also, plenty to do back home, cleaning equipment, sorthing frames/wax and getting ready for the season ahead.
       MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOUR LITTLE FRIENDS


August 2016

The season is coming to a close now.  Harvesting time, hopefully you got a decent crop despite the conditions this summer and the very long June gap.  As you remove your supers check for Varroa mite infestation.  It is importatant to know the count before and after treatment, remembering to keep the records also.  Feed the bees after removing the crop.   Hopefully the Ivy will yield and they get plenty protein for their winter fat bodies.

Be sure to support the Honey Shows this August/September.  The South Kilkenny beekeepers honeyshow will take place at the Iverk Show on Saturday 27th August & details of our own show are on the Honey Show Page.  
Besides improving your preparation of Honey, these shows are a great day out for all the family.

June 2016

We have a great spell of weather in May and early June and plenty of blossom around the country.  Our bees seems to be making the most of it and bringing plenty into the hives.  Remember if you have Oil Seed Rape in your supers, good idea to take it off now and extract it quickly so it won't granulate your main crop in the hive.  Also, remember we are possibly heading into the June Gap, the blossom has just about dissappeared,  so check your hives for stores and feed if necessary.  Also, with the weather watch out for swarming, regular inspection and swarm control vigilence needs to be in place.  

Our association apiary is doing really well, over 120LB of rape honey has been extracted from it.  The demonstrations are in full attendence each week with something there for everyone to learn in a relaxed fun environment.  Gormanston is coming up in July - don't forget to book your place - a great week of beekeeping.  GBBG Breeding Group have a work day in Glengarrra Wood, Burncourt Cahir Sunday 19th June 2pm - a good opportunity to learn about queen rearing. So lots of activity & opportunity to meet up & catch up & tell us how your bees are doing.


March 2016

As the season is nearly upon us, it's important to plan ahead and prepare - have you fed light colonies with fondant, it's a good time to wash out feeders for the syrup feed, wash your beesuit  -  it has been a long winter but mild so our bees have been quiet active and could be low on stores - read our fact sheet 8 to know what else you should be doing at this stage.

Our Begineers Course will be commencing again in April - see education section for details, also check out our list of activities & events on Events link.

Aug 2015

Summer was not ideal for our bees this year.  Some mixed reports on crop yields.    Remember to feed your bees after removing the crop and check and treat for varroa.  How well you carry out your Autumn/Winter preparations will determine the state of your bees next spring.  Remember we alway have to plan & stay ahead...
Our Annual Honey Show is coming up in September so as you remove your crop be sure to put some exhibits together for the show. It is a great way to learn about preparing honey for sale or show.   Check out the schedule on the honey page


Feb 2015

February is a critical month for our bees.  Be sure to check for feeding and feed fondant when required.  Also, close up any hives that have died out to ensure no robbing and spread of disease.
our Lecture Series & study groups are well under way and our Begineers course will start in April.  Check out Events page for all details
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Jan 2015

Happy New year to you all and wishing you healthy bees and a good honey crop in 2015.  So far it has been a very mild winter with reports of bees flying in January.  With this activity food consumption could be high in the colonies and even though there was a good late flow it will be important to check hives for feeding as we move into Feburary.  Also, important at this stage that you have checked the daily mite drop and carry out the winter treatment of Api-bioxal if required.  The new MAQ strips seems to have given variable results, refer to the preliminary analysis of the data from the field trail on the MAQ strips in Teagasc, Oakpark - (Aritcle in An Beachaire by Mary F Coffey & John Breen).  It is important to continue reading up and studying the craft during these months, refer to our education & events pages  for details on classes & talks. 

August 6th

It has been a great beekeeping summer  with reports of good yields.   It is time now to remove the big crop.  Remember to feed your bees after removing the crop and check and treat for varroa.  How well you carry out your Autumn/Winter preparations will determine the state of your bees next spring.  Remember we alway have to plan & stay ahead...
Our Annual Honey Show is coming up in September so as you remove your crop be sure to put some exhibits together for the show. It is a great way to learn about preparing honey for sale or show.   Check out the schedule on the honey show page.
 


April 4th

As you prepare to open your hives this Spring it's important to update yourself on some of the common diseases in the Spring Bee.  To help we have added  facts sheets about Acarine and Nosema. Check them out on our Article's page where you will also find lots of other useful information, whether you are a begineer choosing a hive or more advanced and wanting to increase stocks - something for everyone !  Our outdoor demonstrations will commence on April 22nd where you will get hands on experience.  All are welcome



Jan 20th

Happy New Year to all.   On Tuesday 21st Jan, we kick off with our first 2014 lecture.  John Donoghue will talk to us about  "Diseases". Try to attend and keep up to date on this important topic. Have you put in varroa inserts & checked your mite drop, we would be interested to hear what people are finding,  come along and share your findings and learn the best apprach to mite control.
Schedule of events for the year are updated on events page.  


Dec 19th

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOUR LITTLE FRIENDS


Some new articles on Queen Rearing have been added to the Articles Page.  Check them out.  Also, our new committee members are updated on contacts page.

Hope you all have a Buzzing Christmas!!

Dec 6th

Our Events calendar for 2014 has been updated.  Mark you diary with 2014 Bee Events and be sure to try to attend as many as possible. Intermediate and Senior classes are under way every Wednesday night at LIT Clonmel.  Our begineers classes will start in January. Come along to free open night in Raheen House Hotel 8pm on 15th Jan to hear more.  Everyone welcome.

More Details about the begineeres course on Education page
  
An enjoyable evening was had by all those who attended our AGM,  the evening included  an informative presentation on Propolis by Irene Power.  It was clear from listening to the the Secretary's & Chairman's report that our association is one to be proud of with lot's of achievements and events and active members.
  


Oct 9th
 

We had a very successful Honey Show this year with lots of entries and visitors on the day.  Find the results and prize winners on Honey Show page.

Also you will find our 2013 September edition of our newsletter on Articles page - well worth a read.

Autumn/Winter lecturers starting again next Tuesday 15th Oct at 8pm in Raheen House Hotel.  Lecture by Tom Prendergast on Winter in the Apiary , be sure to attend.  all are welcome

Details of courses will be posted soon - check back in for details.

It's time now to give the last few checks to ensure your bees are in order for the winter, make sure the hives are weatherproof and they have enough stores.  


August 16th

This year's Clonmel Honey Show takes place on September 21st/22nd.  See schedule and entry form details on Honey Show Link.
Show is open to the public on Sunday 22nd 2pm - 4 pm.  Learn how honey is judged, there will be a talk on this subject.  We will have a flower display, crafts and equipment suppliers on-site. Something for everyone including a demonstration hive of bees and honey for sale.   Why not exhibit your products or if you don't feel up the competition just come along on Sunday 22nd and soak up the atmosphere and meet our friendly beekeepers.  Something for everyone and all welcome.

March 1st

Some updates have been added to our Events Schedule.  Try to support as many events as possible.  As the season is nearly upon us, it's important to plan ahead and prepare - have you fed light colonies with fondant, it's a good time to wash out feeders for the syrup feed, wash your beesuit  - read our fact sheet 8 to know what else you should be doing at this stage.  
 


January 21st

Details of the 2013 Horticulture Grants Scheme which includes beekeeping is available on www.irishbeekeeping.ie


January 2013,

Happy New Year to all and if we are to believe the well known weather forecaster Ken Ring we are in for a summer scorcher - of course we all want to believe that conditions will be ideal for our long waited Bumper Crop,  so here's hoping!

If you have treated your bees with Apiguard in the Autumn, now is the time to complete the Api-Bioxal treatment.   If it is your first time be sure to get some advice from experienced beekeepers.    There is plenty of opportunity to meet experienced beekeepers if you attend the events which are planned for 2013.  See full list on Events Page.  

The "Bee Improvers" class recommences Monday 14th and we are holding an information night for beginners in Raheen House Hotel on 22nd Jan 8pm - more information on course details on Education Page   

November 12th

We are running a "Bee Improvers" course starting next Monday 19th November, LIT Clonmel 7.30pm.  This is a great way to pass the dark winter months and improve your skills for next season.  Open to anyone who has completed the beginners course.  Alot of interest already so come along on Monday evening or call PJ  086 1089652 or Tom 087 9109360 for more information.  

Begineers course will run in the new year, details to  follow shortly.

The Autumn series of lectures are under way, Tuesday 13th 8pm Raheen house Hotel, we will have two mini lecturers, Jim Ryan North Tipp and  Dennis Ryan South Tipp.   All are welcome, it's a nice relaxed social evening with cup of tea and chance for a chat afterwards.



Sept 30th

This year's honey show was another great success.  We had a large number of entries and great attendence on the day.  The results can be viewed on the Honey Show Link.  It is very encouraging to see so many new exhibitors.  

It's time now to give the last few checks to ensure your bees are in order for the winter, make sure the hives are weatherproof and they have enough stores.  The Autumn/Winters lecturers will start again soon, be sure to attend and build on your knowledge of the craft.


Aug 22nd

This year's Clonmel Honey Show takes place on September 22nd & 23rd.  See schedule and entry form details on Honey Show Link.
Show is open to the public on Sunday 23rd 2pm - 4 pm.  There will be demonstrations on candle making & the preparation of Honey for Show.  We will have a flower display, ICA Craft stand and equipment suppliers on-site. Something for everyone including a demonstration hive of bees and honey for sale.   Why not exhibit your products or if you don't feel up the competition just come along on Sunday 23rd and soak up the atmosphere and meet our friendly beekeepers.

May 21st


Need something to lookforwad to - There is a beekeeping trip to Scotland planned for next September.  It is sure to be great fun. Check out details on attached file. 

If you haven't done so already, please participate in this year's colony loss questionnaire.  It provides valuable information.  All details about this important survey can be found here .

May 1st

"April Showers bring forth May flowers"

Some new reading material has been added to the Article section for you:  fact sheets 11 & 12 on nuc production -  and also our April Newsletter - just what you need on these showery evenings!

Outdoor demos are underway, Tuesday evenings in Powerstown.  Big numbers turning up for impressive demonstrations by the experts. All are welcome.  check out list on events for details.

March 9th

The season is buzzing in quickly on us now and lots of activity underway for the bees and beekeepers!  Our intermediate students are preparing for exams and we have high numbers of beginners attending our classes on Monday nights in LIT Clonmel.   With the early apperance of the spring flowers, the bees are making the most of what they can get, so remember planning and preparation are critical to success.  Stay a step ahead of your bees - it's a good time to prepare equipment, frames and get ready for the active season - refer to fact sheet no. 8 for more important information on Spring Management.

Next Tuesday night 13th March we have Michael Mac Giolla Coda speak about queens and drones, this lecture is a must & promises to be informative and fun.  Try to support.  We have our outdoor demos starting in April - check events list for dates.
 
Lots happening also on a National level.  2012 International Bee Health Symposium is on in Citywest Hotel March 24th and a nice free fun Art Competition for pupils in fifth and sixth class primary schools as part of a Bee event in Botanic Gardens 14th/15th April.  Checkout the FIBKA website for further details about these events.


Jan 12th
Happy New Year to all

Check out list of events for this year on Events Page. Try to attend as many as possible.  They are always informative and fun.

Our new committee elected is updated on contacts page

We have added some new fact sheets.  Great educational material for preparing for the active season or exams.

For Beginners - don't forget free information night in Raheen House Hotel Clonmel on 23rd Jan and upcoming Beginners course - full details on Education page


Dec 20th

Wondering what to buy your loved one or maybe yourself for Christmas, how about a 6wk Beekeeping Course for Beginners.   STBA run a very successful course every year.  Come along to our free information night in Raheen House Hotel Clonmel on 23rd Jan.  For full details of the course click our Education Page

We will have an outdoor demo on Varroa treatment using the new Api-Bioxal product in January, date is weather dependent so check back for details.

Our new committee elected will be updated shortly on the contact's page.

Coming soon - 2012 events update, check back regularly to see what interesting lecturers & demonstrations are planned for the new year

Merry Christmas to All


October 23rd

2011 Honeyshow results now availabel on Honey Show Link

Our Autumn series of lecturers are under way, check events page for details.


The department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food have recently sanctioned the use of Api-Bioxal as a medicine for bees.  More information here.

For FIBKA 2012 Examination details click here.

August 16th

Beautiful short video of bees drinking water.  As the video maker suggest watch it in full screen mode for best effect:
Bees Drinking Water: youtube

August 15th

This year's Clonmel Honey Show takes place on September 24th & 25th.  See schedule and entry form details on Honey Show Link.
Show is open to the public on Sunday 25th 2pm - 4 pm.  There will be a candle making demonstration, flower display and ICA Craft stand. Someting for everyone including a demonstration hive of bees and honey for sale.   Why not exhibit your products or if you don't feel up the competition just come along on Sunday 25th and soak up the atmosphere and meet our friendly beekeepers.

June 13th

STBA Fact Sheets have been added to our articles section.  A full compliment will be added over time,  check back regularly to collect them all.  These are educational and informative and great reference documents.

May 25th


Please participate in this year's colony loss questionnaire.  It provides valuable information.  All details about this important survey can be found here

To complete the Questionnaire online you can use the Word document available here. Type your answers directly into the Word document and when you have answered all the questions, save the response file and attach it to an e-mail to Dr. Mary Coffey, e-mail address:- Mary.Frances.Coffey@ul.ie

Alternatively, A print version (Adobe PDF) of the COLOSS 2009 - 2010 Questionnaire is available here, complete and post to Tom Prendergast or directly to Dr Mary Coffey.  

May 16th

Our native black bee hits the National newspapers recently, have a read by clicking the following links:
Irish Bees untroubled by colony collapse
Irish bees still flying high despite threats

Best of luck to all beginner beekeepers who are going to take the FIBKA Preliminary Exam next Saturday 21st.


May 2nd

The April Edition of our newsletter is now available here & on our Articles Page

The outdoor demonstrations are well underway and attracting a large audience, it's a great way to learn from experienced beekeepers in a relaxed and friendly environment.  All are welcome to come along.  See details of times and dates on our Events Page

March 26th

The Federation of Irish Beekeepers' Associations has declared 2011 The Year of the Honeybee. We are launching "The Year of the Honey Bee 2011, at a free event open to the public in the National Botanic Gardens this weekend,  26th and 27th of March.

Details of the launch programme and some follow-on events are available here



February 7th

South Kilkenny Beekeepers Association Events now available here and on our events page.  As like our hurlers we have a long standing tradition between Kilkenny & Tipperary - All are welcome to attend.
 Venue: Kildalton College, Piltown,

For registration of all our member beekeepers with the Department of Agriculture, we have added a link to the DAFF website on our links page.  There you will find frequently asked question & Registration Form.

Spring at last, important time for our bees with the beginning of brood rearing.  If they have made it through the winter they may need a helping hand with feeding of fondant. Heft the hives & feed if necessary. Also ensure a supply of water is available to them. During the spring a colony can use 150mg/day for honey dilution during brood rearing. Hence the importances of providing bees with a water supply.  It is also good practice at this time to monitor the mite drop.

January 17th

Spring Lecture Tour 2011

Venue: Raheen House Hotel, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary.

Date: Thursday 17th February 2011 at 8.00pm

Topic: ''Maintaining healthy colonies in spite of Varroa - Varroa problems and associated solutions'' By Clive de Bruyn NDB who is a lecturer and author as well as a professional beekeeper managing one hundred colonies in England.


January 5th

Looking for a bit of "BUZZ" in the new year? If you are interested in beekeeping STBA have the answer with our course for beginners. Come along to our free information night in Raheen House Hotel Clonmel on 25th January at 8pm.  For full details click here.

Keeping up to date, improving your knowledge and staying in touch with your beekeeping friends is easy with all the organised events for the year.  Mark your calendars, join in the fun, all are welcome.  For list of STBA event dates click here.


December 22nd

An enjoyable evening was had by all those who attended our AGM,  the evening included  an informative presentation on wax recovery by Gerry Ryan.  It was clear from listening to the the Secretary's & Chairman's report that our association is one to be proud of with lot's of achievements and events and active members.   The President of FIBKA, Denis Ryan handed out certificates to some of the begineers who successfully completed their exams - see their photos in "Images" page under Miscellaneous.    Well done to all.

Some photos of the 2010 honey show are now also included in "Images" page under Honey Shows.

Our new committee elected will be updated shortly on the contact's page

Coming soon - 2010 events update & details on begineers course  - check back regularly to see what interesting lecturers & demonstrations are planned for the new year.

Finally, heavy snow falls can cover the hive entrances; any snow should be very quietly cleared away without alarming the colony in order to maintain the ventilation at the bottom. Bees can survive long periods of cold – the real danger is dampness.  Cool temperatures in the winter can be better for bees than warm as they tend to cluster tighter  and use less food, let's hope our bees do well throughout this very cold winter.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU AND YOUR LITTLE FRIENDS

 

December 12th

Banner Beekeepers upcoming conference,  “Improving your local bees” – a conference on Bee Improvement and Queen Rearing 5th/6th February in Ennis.  Looks like it will be well worth a visit with a great line-up of expert speakers including some of our own – click here for further information. 

Our AGM will be held this Wednesday 15th,  8pm Raheen House Hotel.  It will include a short presentation by Gerry Ryan on wax recovery.  It is always an enjoyable evening with time for tea and chat, so please support your association & come along!

December 1st

Our beloved Secretary Tom Prendergast has many talents and is now making television appearances.  He gave an expert account of beekeeping to Helen Carroll, Ear to the Ground TV Presenter and beginner beekeeper.  If you missed the episode it can be viewed by clicking on the attached link  TOM ON TELLY.  Well done to all!

November 16th

Planning for next year & looking for a bargin - Thorne's online winter sales starts 9am on 29th November. Check their website for details
www.thorne.co.uk

November 11th

Intermediate & Senior study groups commence Monday 15th November at 8pm in the band room in Cahir
.  It is a great way to increase your knowledge & prepare yourself to be a more proficient, successful beekeeper next year.   All are welcome.  Group meet every second week.

October 15th

Beginner, Intermediate and Senior Study groups will be held throughout the winter. These classes prepare candidates for exams held in May & July. We welcome all to this group, including neighbouring association members.  Dates for commencement of study groups will be posted to our education section shortly - check back regularly

October 8th

Mark your diary! At our winter lectures you can pick up nuggets of information, relax and drink tea and join in the chitchat with other beekeepers.  Our first lecture begins next Tuesday 12th October 8pm, with Eddie O'Sullivan from Cork BKA speaking to us about Apiary Hygiene.  New venue is Raheen House Hotel.  
Next lecture will be November 9th with Michael Gleeson from Offaly BKA (also Secretary of FIBKA)


September 30th

Our annual Honey Show proved an outstanding success with 246 entries in the beekeeping classes.  Congratulations again to all our winners and a big thank you to all who participated! For a full list of winners, please click here

September 14th

It's not yet time to hang up your beesuit.  To get your bees through the winter & to give them a good start next spring some essential activities need to take place:
1. Ensure your colony is queen right
2. 
Ensure they are well fed
3. Check for diseases
4. Treat for Varroa
5. Fit mouse Guards & ensure you have a weatherproof hive.
To Read more Click Here

August 30th

Now available by clicking links:  Honey Show Schedule; Honey show entry form; and our September edition of newsletter.  

August 18th

Congratulations to Jim Power Carrick on Suir who was awarded Beekeeper of the Year at Gormanston. This is a worthy award as Jim makes a huge contribution to the craft both at local and national level.

Reminder that our Clonmel Honey Show will take place on 25th and 26th September in the Central Technical Institute, the Mall, Clonmel. We encourage all beekeepers to enter & participate in the show as it is a great way of improving the standard of your beekeeping products.  For those of you who do not yet produce honey but have an interest, do come along on Sunday 26th (2pm - 4pm), and you will not be disappointed.  Exhibits on display range from beautiful decorative ornamental displays of all beehive products from honey in all its forms, to wax candles & models, paintings by school children, photography displays & beautiful flower arrangements.  This year you will also have the opportunity to see a professional crafts person making baskets & traditional beehive skeps.  Also on display will be a demonstration hive of bees.   Mark the date in your diary!

Check back as schedule & details of show will be posted shortly.

  
June 24th

Our Association Apiary Managers have been doing some great work, building up,  spliting & making increases and as a result Nucs are now available for Sale, contact Tom on 087 9109360 or Redmond on 052 7142617 if you are interested in acquiring a good, healthy stock of bees from known source.

May 27th

"The Hive"  A Beekeeping project completed by transition year students from CBS Carrick-on-Suir wins prizes at the National Finals of "TY Get  & Go" mini company competion.   Alex Lonergan and Evan Ryan operated as a mini company making Beeswax rolled candles and Beeswax funiture polish.  They sold their produce through local shops.  Alex and Evan received a helping hand from their local beekeepers  Jim and Bridie Power.   Well done boys! We hope you keep up the beekeeping interest. See their photo in the images section under Miscellanous

May 26th
 

Vita (Europe) Ltd is launching a photography competition. Anyone can submit up to three photos relating to bees or beekeeping to try to win a cash prize,  check out their website for details


May 24th

Great opportunity to find out if you have got Native Bees.  Galtee Bee Breeding Group have summer students employed to do morphometric analysis, that is the mounting of bees wings on glass slides, scanning them on computer , enabling the measurement of the ratio & angles of various veins in order to establish the racial type.  

All you have to do is send in fifty to sixty bees in an airtight glass jar, label jar with name & address & hive number.  Do not put holes in the lid & do not put any substances in the jar eg. honey or sugar syrup, as this can damage the bees wings.  Store in a deep freeze & give Micheál Mac Giolla Coda a ring on 052 7467205 & he will arrange a collection.

For further information read the article Micheál wrote in our Sept Edition Newsletter & also Aritcle "Got Native Bees" in our article section
.

Send in your samples now & let's line up the work so we will have "Busy Bee Students"

May 9th

STBA outdoor demonstrations are now in full swing & attracting a large audience, you can find time & date details on our events page
The demonstrations include queen rearing, nuc production, swarm control & bailey frame change.  Learn to identify if your brood is healthy.  Some photos have been added to our image section (Bees n Things)  to help identify AFB.  Take a look so you will be able to recognise this disease.  Also added to the articles section is some information about AFB & EFB.

April 13th

You should all have received at this stage your copy of the April edition of our newsletter.  If not don't fret, it is now available on our website in the articles sections, have a read.  Also posted is last September's edition.  We think that the newsletter is very entertaining & informative but would welcome your feedback & if you have any articles you would like to submit for the next edition please let Tom know.

March  30th

Who best to write about the Native Black Bee but Micheál Mac Giolla Coda of Galtee Bee Breeding Group. Check out his article Got Native Bees & for a little more reading have a look at Origin of Bees  - these new articles & others in our article section are worth a read.


March 22nd

Colony losses are a major problem worldwide and recent studies suggest that the highest percentage of losses occur during the winter months.

All beekeepers can assist in the effort to collect reliable data for Ireland by filling in a very simple survey, pioneered by Dr. Mary Coffey, both members & non-members are invited to reply.   For further information & access to the survey click on the following link: 
COLOSS QUESTIONNAIRE.   Please assist as it is in all beekeepers interest to understand the problems leading to losses.

February 26th

The notes from the recent Irish Lecture Tour by Willie Robson of Chain Bridge Honey Farm, Northumberland are now available in the Articles Section

February 11th

Studying for your Intermediate or Senior exam?  Check out newly posted articles on the glands of the honeybee, written by Tom Prendergast CFL.  Tom is well known for his sample answers to exam questions in An Beachaire and this month covers a question on the exocrine glands.  Well worth a read.

Reminder Next Tuesday 16th Feb, we have a talk on "Preparing for the Honey Crop", in Hearne's Hotel 8pm, by John Donoghue.  You should pick up some good tips for this year's Bumper Crop!   All are welcome

Also - Bee Health Seminar in Limerick Sunday 14th Feb - details on FIBKA web - find link in links section.

January 25th

 Minister Sargent Announces Grant Aid Scheme for Horticulture Growers 2010 -  applies to Beekeeping

Trevor Sargent, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, with special responsibility for Horticulture and Food today announced details of the third round of the grant aid scheme for the development of the horticulture sector under the National Development Plan (2007-2013). The closing date for receipt of applications is 19th February 2010 and only investments commenced after the issue of letters of approval will be eligible.

Details of the scheme and application forms can be obtained from Crop Production and Safety Division, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Administration Building, Backweston Campus, Young’s Cross, Celbridge, Co. Kildare, 01 5058801/5058797 or at www.agriculture.gov.ie also visit

http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/farmerschemespayments/horticultureschemes/

Date Released: 19 January 2010

- Many thanks to Michael Gleeson of FIBKA for this information

January 19th

We are pleased to announce that STBA is running a beginners course.  It will be starting on Jan 25th in Cahir Band Hall at 19.30

For more information check Education Link

January 13th

Events for 2010 updated

January 6th 

Wishing you all a Peaceful & Prosperous New Year in 2010. Hopefully the long awaited "Bumper Crop" will appear!  In the meantime try to keep uptodate & improve your knowledge of the craft. 

Click on Events Page to see details of upcoming Lecture Tour by Mr. William Robson of Chain Bridge Honey Farm, Northumberland

December 20th

Had to Buzz on by to wish you all a Merry Christmas!

On Christmas Day, Legend states that the bees sing the Lord's Praise at midnight - be sure to wish them a Happy Christmas!

The practice of feeding candy on Christmas Day is nonsense & unneccessary disturbance to the colony if it has been prepared properly for the winter.  For more information on Winter in the Apiary read short article in Article section.

Dont forget Thornes Winter Sales on-line from 29th December, beat the January 1st rise in VAT,  Phone orders from Jan 5th.  Find link to Thornes website in Links section

December 16th

An enjoyable evening was had by all those who attended our AGM,  the evening included presentations, good discussions & a chance to have a cup of tea & catch-up with friends afterwards.  It was evident from our Secretary's report that a lot has been achieved throughout the year, nucs for beginners, newsletters, text alerts, website, study group, exam & honey show successes to name a few. Well done & a big thanks to our hard working committee members & those non-committee members who also helped out where needed.

Our new committee elected can be found on contacts page 

Coming soon - 2010 events update  - check back regularly to see what interesting lecturers & demonstrations are planned for the new year






Bees are fascinating, industrious creatures but BEE warned, as what starts out as a passing interest may become something of an obsession.  You will find great enjoyment from keeping one of nature’s most wondrous creatures..

 

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