The FIBKA written and practical Preliminary Exams will be held on the 18/05/19
We have 4 applicants from EWBA and 3 applicants from SKBKA joining with us.
Good luck to all taking part. This is a great way to start learning more about beekeeping and learning to improve your skills.
As of April 2019 a lot of hives appear this year to be congested and adding frames of drawn brood comb or just of new foundation should be fitted on a mild day.
For those that don’t get the chance to attend their hives frequently a good idea is to put up a super on strong colonies with the middle frames of all new foundation so the bees will draw out these frames using up the ivy stores.
32 people completed our Introduction to Beekeeping Course on 03/04/19. The buzz was great and we had a very enthusiastic group who interacted and had lots of questions. There were lectures by John Cunningham and Bea Flavin and we had practical demonstrations each night from Pat Crowley and on the last night with Willy O’Brien and Mary Madigan.
All participants received a certificate of attendance. These certificates can be beneficial to people who want to go on and buy bees as a good beekeeper will want to know that those buying bees have an understanding of what beekeeping is all about.
The next steps are Apiary Demonstrations for the practical aspects of beekeeping and participants will be notified as it is weather dependent.
South Tipperary had their Honey Show on 30/09/18. There were a total of 407 entries in the show. It was a fantastic event, great organisation and EWBKA were well represented at the show.
Three of our members came away with medals and well done to all who entered.
Winners were :
Gold Medal and first prize winner in the Mead Category..Willy O’Brien.
Silver Medal and second prize for honey in the Novice Category..Anne Marie Fogarty.
Bronze Medal and third prize for honey in the Junior Category..Caoimhin O’Leary