The Dartford Beekeepers

Dartford Branch of the Kent Beekeepers’ Association

APIARY NEWS

SEPTEMBER 2019

 

           Well we had our visit from the seasonal bee inspector and those that where in attendance went away with some useful information.  As we went through the hives in the Apiary various problems were pointed out and members could see them in the flesh as it was.  Ball broad, slipper broad and the likes as well as some wax moth larvae.

           The main message from the day was that continues Varroa monitoring and treatment is a priority not just after the honey is removed but also throughout the season.  Treatments should be varied and constantly mixed up to avoid the Varroa mite building up a resistance to a treatment.

           Having removed the Honey now is a good time to treat with something like Apistan which remains on the hive for 6 weeks and relies on the bees to walk it around the colony through 2 broad cycles.  In the dead of winter when the bees  are clustered then Oxalic Acid in warm syrup drizzled over the cluster is used and these coupled with a spring treatment and further treatments in the season will lead to a healthy colony able to fight off other problems.

           We have our own Honey Show on the 28th with John Hendrie judging your exhibits.  Those wishing to enter please bring your honey along prior to or at the very beginning of the meeting.

           Entries should be presented in 1lb jars with gold lids and with your usual label, lb jars with gold lids are available from the apiary for those who wish to collect one to present their honey in for the judging.

           Fees are £2.00 per entry and there are cash prizes for the top 3 places.  As well as the usual bragging rights of course.

           The meeting concludes with a BBQ to wind the season in the Apiary up as the following meeting is a visit to the National Honey Show on the final day with a minibus leaving the Apiary at 10 am. Details next month.

           Details for the National Honey Show are now available including new show classes as well as details on the lectures and workshops available to book in advance.  Full information from NHS Spring Newsletter

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