Report from FIBKA Regional Workshop 08/02/2020

Report from FIBKA Regional Meeting/Workshop

Date: 08/02/2020 Firgrove Hotel, Mitchelstown

Attendance from EWBA:

  • Donal Lehane Vice-Chair
  • John Cunningham, Education Officer
  • Josephine Hickey
  • Anne Marie Fogarty, Hon. Sec.

Speakers:

  • Paul O’Brien, FIBKAPresident
  • Michael Maunsall
  • Tom Prendergast

Paul O’Brien : FIBKA Update

  • FIBKA now moved to a CLG (Company Limited by Guarantee)
  • Executive reduced from 25 to 7 members
  • Established 7 Boards of Management
  • Saved €10k by foregoing the National Ploughing Championships.
  • Annual survey is now on-line and resulted in a saving of €4k on paper/postage
  • Moved to new accountants and saved €2k
  • Identified office space in Athlone with a view to buying/renting
  • Developed a new Constitution, a copy can be had on request

Management Boards

  1. Education, 5members
  2. Scientific, 8 members
  3. Native Bee, 4 members, Peter Walsh Chair SKBA is a member
  4. Youth Development, 5 members
  5. Publicity, 6 members
  6. Finance, 3 members
  7. Summer school, 3 members, John Cunningham EWBA is a member

Financial Status

Membership                      Income                 Expenditure

2019

3557                                       290,000 265000

2018

3100                                       260,000 241000

Michael Maunsell: Bee Genetics

Michael gave a very interesting scientific talk explaining in detail bee genetics, some relevant terms, how genes determine everything i.e. the bee’s developmental characteristics, appearance, and behaviour.

We learned that the greater the drone genetic diversity the stronger our colonies will be, how genes determine the difference between bees and other organisms, that drones carry different genes for a variety of bee traits, and because of multiple mating bees in a colony will have different fathers and therefore workers influence within a hive will vary genetically in terms of pollen/nectar gathering, queen rearing, larval care, hygienic behaviour and swarming…which is good.

We also learned that genetically diverse swarms establish new colonies faster, build more comb, and have high foraging levels and gain weight better.

Genetics are affected by in-breeding thus the need for a diverse drone population. Inbreeding results in queen problems i.e. low egg production, reduced lifespan, reduced drone fertility and reduced flight activity.

Diverse genetics are crucial to colony strength. The greater the genetic diversity of our bees, the greater the health, the build-up and the productivity.

Tom Prendergast: Preparing for the season ahead

Tom, gave a very practical lecture and asked us to decide “What is it that we want from our Bees”.

  • ? Maximum Crop.
  • ? Chemical free bees.
  • ? A few pots of honey for the family.
  • ? native Irish Bees
  • ? Selling Nucs

He said that deciding what we want decides how we are going to plan the coming season.

Tom talked about

  • The need to preserve the wood in our apiaries, stands, floors, boxes, roof etc
  • Closing up dead hives quickly to prevent robbing. Assess the colony and sterilise all parts
  • Heft hives and feed fondant in winter, watch Nucs, Feed syrup after 17/03 if needs be.
  • Monitor for Varroa with OMF.
  • Reasons for bad colonies: Bad queens, disease, varroa, lack of pollen, lack of forage, BEEKEEPER bad practice.
  • Replace poor Q’s in April.
  • Have 1 Nuc for every 2-3 colonies
  • Give space. Add new foundation at the dandelion flow.

In summary: Work with your bees. Don’t keep poor colonies or queens. Keep the Apiary clean and tidy. Feed during the winter and check for disease in spring i.e Nosema, AFB, EFB. Keep a few spare queens and have Nucs to replace poor performers.

Lecture

Introduction to Beekeeping Course 2020

The Honey Bee Colony, Lifecycle, Occupants of the Hive, Roles within the hive, What bees collect and why. Plus siting an Apiary the Hive parts, How many hives do you want/need, what equipment  you need, protective clothing, the beekeepers year. If you would like to attend, please complete our membership  Application form which is available under the Membership tab on the website or email Anne Marie.

Lecturer

Preparing Honey for Sale and for Show

Preparing Honey for Sale and for Show is a lecture that will given by Dennis Ryan of South Tipperary Beekeepers’ Association on Wednesday 8th April 2020. The event is free to members and €5 to non-members. All are welcome to attend and we hope to see you there.

Lecture

Lecture 11th March 2020

East Waterford Beekeepers' Association Meeting
Subject A Beekeepers Year and The Demaree Method of Swarm Control
Speaker Donal O'Brien EWBA (A Beekeepers Year and The Demaree Method of Swarm Control)
Date 11th Mar 2020
Time 7.00pm
Venue Dunhill Education Centre, Dunhill Ecopark, Dunhill, Co Waterford
Type Lecture
Cost Free to members and €5 to non-members
Notes Donal has many years experience in Beekeeping  and in fact, the inaugural meeting of the East Waterford Beekeepers' Association was held in the kitchen of his home at Dunabrattin, Annestown, Waterford in April 1957

Donal O’Brien from EWBA will give a lecture in the Dunhill Education Centre on the topic of “A Beekeepers Year and The Demaree Method of Swarm Control”. Donal has many years experience in Beekeeping and in fact, the inaugural meeting of the East Waterford Beekeepers’ Association was held in the kitchen of his home at Dunabrattin, Annestown, Waterford in April 1957. This lecture is free to members and €5 to non-members.