Vandalism has always been a problem for beekeeper as apiary sites are usually in remote and unsecured areas. The vandals are usually after the honey in the hives but often destroy equipment and colonies in the process. This means that the beekeeper not only loses his crop but suffers from the loss of potential future […]
We are all having to make sacrifices in the current situation. However, beekeepers are concerned about their colonies and what is allowed in this time. SABIO is working with government to get a resolution we can all work with. Following is the letter from the SABIO chairman with the latest situation. I will post more […]
A new topic for many of us as queen rearing is not a common practise in South Africa. Justin Thacker gave a very comprehensive overview of his procedure and adaptations to local conditions and bee lifecycles. Even if you never intend to queen rear the information helps to understand our bees better. He also gave […]
7 March Queen Rearing and Bee Farming as a Business Venture 25 April Honey Preparation for the Show 9 May Practical Beekeeping 19 May Entries for the Royal Show honey and wax competitions to be dropped off at the Honey Hall. 20 May Honey Judging at the Royal Show followed by an Evening Function to […]
01 April 2015 at 15:30pm By: Nokuthula Ntuli, The Mercury Durban – South Africa’s food security is under threat as its bee colonies are being depleted by an outbreak of American foul brood (AFB) disease. The chairman of the KwaZulu-Natal Bee Farmers Association, Craig Campbell, said the disease had wiped out thousands of colonies...