A lecture given by John Donoghue at the 2019 National Honey Show entitled “Managing Bees for the Honey Crop” .
Managing Bees For the Honey Crop Deals with knowing your local area and when to expect the main honey flow. Getting supers ready for run honey or cut comb. Maintaining strong stocks. Avoiding congestion, giving queens room to lay and providing space for incoming nectar. Predicting what might happen by reading the present situation. Minimise swarming and dealing with swarming colony.
A lecture given by Jo Widdicombe at the 2019 National Honey Show entitled “The Principles of Bee Improvement” .
The Principles of Bee Improvement The talk will explain how I have gone about improving the quality of my bees by selecting from the stock in my area. After trying queens of various types I quickly got disillusioned with the results, at best short-term relief, and set about finding a more sustainable way to improve my bees. By simple methods we can maintain genetic diversity within the population and produce a hardy, locally adapted bee with qualities that can be built on year on year.
A lecture given by Irene Power at the 2019 National Honey Show entitled “Efficient Beekeeping for the Busy Beekeeper”.
We are always rushing around and more often than not we are on-line & available on our phones or some other electronic device. This leaves less time for our hobbies and enjoyment of the world around us. The amount of work involved in beekeeping with limited time requires extra planning, more organisation and adapting management methods to suit your available time. We often get one opportunity to complete tasks in the apiary, as we may not be available tomorrow, two, three or five days’ time that some manipulations demand.
A lecture given by Ralph Büchler at the 2019 National Honey Show entitled “Varroa Resistance Characters and Selection Protocols.
(Part 1 of 4)
Apis cerana as the natural host of Varroa destructor has developed effective resistance behaviors to cope with Varroa infestations without serious losses. And also from Apis mellifera several resistant populations are known by now which show interesting differences compared to susceptible populations. The mainly responsible characters of those resistant populations will be described. Together with the experience from different breeding programs a description of relevant characters and suitable testing protocols with regard to selective breeding will be given.
A lecture given by Ralph Büchler at the 2019 National Honey Show entitled “Environmental Adaptation of Honey Bees and its Consequences for Selection (Part 2 of 4)” .
A recent European study showed strong genotype – environment interactions which do affect the productivity, behaviour and survivability of bee colonies. Some data will be presented to better understand for example the relevance of winter clustering or swarming tendency. If it is true, that the best bee has to be identified under local conditions, selection should be focused on local populations instead of importing breeding stock from external sources. And in general, preservation of the natural biodiversity of European honey bees has to be recognized as a priority objective.
A lecture given by Ralph Büchler at the 2019 National Honey Show entitled “Sustainable Varroa Management Based on Biological and Technical Methods.
(Part 3 of 4)
Most Varroa induced colony losses occur during the autumn or winter season in consequence of an insufficient health status of the winter bee population. Even when starting from a low initial mite infestation in early spring, critical mite and virus infection levels can be reached until the period of winter bee production if colonies continuously rear brood throughout the whole season. To overcome this situation beekeepers may learn from the brood dynamic of swarming colonies where the propagation of Varroa is interrupted by a brood break over several weeks at the peak of colony development which basically improves the health status of the hive.
A lecture given by Ralph Büchler at the 2019 National Honey Show entitled “Understanding the Complex Biology of Honey Bee Colonies and its Links to Colony Health” (Part 4 of 4)
Understanding the Complex Biology of Honey Bee Colonies and its Links to Colony Health Before we start to fight certain bee diseases and parasites we should ask how bee colonies cope with them under natural conditions and what may be the critical differences under modern beekeeping conditions. Why do swarms prefer to settle apart from the mothers nest, what can we learn from the inner nest structure, how does the complex mating biology of honey bees affect colony vitality? The idea will be followed that certain disease problems correspond with certain deficiencies in the natural self protection of colonies.