Beekeepers on alert for ‘Foul Brood’ after deadly disease strikes southeast – Irish Independent

The following article was published in the Irish Independent on July 14 2020.

Beekeepers in the southeast have been urged to be on the lookout for American Foul Brood (AFB) disease after an affected hive was identified in Waterford.

A notifiable disease, AFB is a bacterial infection which kills the hive’s young bees. The disease is highly contagious and affected hives have to be burned or otherwise destroyed in order to prevent its spread.

The Irish Beekeepers Associations confirmed that AFB had been identified in an old hive of wild bees which was being removed from a house in the southeast.

Brendan Murray of the Irish Beekeepers Associations explained that AFB spores can remain viable for up to 50 years, as they are remarkably resistant to heat and cold. As there is no treatment for the condition, the only way of eliminating the disease is to destroy affected hives.

“There’s no alternative but to kill all the bees and burn the frames. It is suggested that you can re-use the boxes after charring with a blow torch, but to be safe, it’s probably best to burn everything,” Mr Murray said.

Controlling this latest outbreak of AFB could be particularly difficult, Mr Murray maintained, because it is wild bees that are infected.

There could be a lot of infection for 20 miles around the site near Portlaw where ithe AFB was discovered, Mr Murray said.

He urged bee keepers in Waterford, south Tipperary and Kilkenny to be vigilant. He added that the Honey Bee Health Protection Programme at the Department of Agriculture’s Backweston Laboratory Complex in Dublin should be contacted if further suspected outbreaks are identified.

Credit to Declan O’Brien, Indo Farming

Original article: https://www.independent.ie/business/farming/beekeepers-on-alert-for-foul-brood-after-deadly-disease-strikes-southeast-39363925.html

Spring Management and Building Up Stocks on Oil Seed Rape

East Waterford Beekeepers' Association Meeting
Subject Spring Management and building up stocks on Oil Seed Rape
Speaker Irene Power
Date 8th Jan 2020
Venue Dunhill Education Centre, Dunhill Ecopark, Dunhill, Co Waterford

Our first lecture for 2020 is on Wednesday 8th January at 7pm in Dunhill Rural Enterprise Park, Dunhill Ecopark, Dunhill, Co. Waterford.

This is the new venue for our lectures going forward. The most direct access is to come via the Tramore Road passing Orchardstown Garden Centre. Follow the signs for Dunhill and the park is on your right opposite the GAA grounds.

Our lecture will be given by Irene Power. Irene is a very experienced lecturer and has lectured in many counties and countries on various beekeeping topics and comes from a family steeped in beekeeping.

Mini Lecture Series – November 13th 2019

East Waterford Beekeepers' Association Meeting
Subject Mini Lecture Series
Speakers
Pat Crowley The Benefits of changing Frames Regularly
James Maher Queen Rearing using an Incubator
Peter Fitzgerald Keeping Bees on a Roof in an Urban Environment.
Notes A series of 3 x 20-minute mini-lectures will be given by EWBA Members.

A series of 3 x 20-minute mini-lectures will be given by EWBA Members

Lecture 1

The Benefits of changing Frames Regularly i.e Bailey Frame Change…by Pat Crowley

Lecture 2

Queen Rearing using an Incubator..by James Maher

Lecture 3

Keeping Bees on a Roof in an Urban Environment…by Peter Fitzgerald

Calendar 2019

November 13th

Mini Lecture Series

A series of 3 x 20-minute mini-lectures will be given by EWBA Members

Lecture 1..A Kerry Man’s Method of Swarm Control…by Anne Marie Fogarty

Lecture 2..Queen Rearing using an Incubator..by James Maher

Lecture 3..Keeping Bees on a Roof in an Urban Environment

October 23rd

AGM

September 11th

Looking Back at the year and Overwintering our Bees..Lecture By Jim Ryan North Tipperary Beekeepers Association

April 10th

Topic..Making a Nuc/Increasing your Stocks…Lecture by Tom Prendergast former Apiary Manager South Tipp Bees
Introduction to Beekeeping Course

20th & 27th March and 3rd April 2019 7- 9 pm each evening.

Go to Courses and Introduction to Beekeeping Course 2019 in the Home page for more details and for a course application form.

March 13th.

Topic..Common Diseases of the Hive and Treatments…Lecture possibly by Eleanor Attridge, FIBKA Bee Health Officer.

Feb 13th.

Topic..Spring Management..Lecture by Eamonn Magee, Dublin Beekeepers Association

Jan 9th.

Topic..Winter/Spring Jobs in the Apiary & Preparing Honey and other Bee Products for Sale and for Show.
Lecture by Tom Prendergast former Apiary Manager South Tipp Bees

Calendar 2018

November

21st – AGM
Venue – Roanmore Centre, 7PM
Please submit nominations for the committee and motions to Pat Crowley
Nominations for Secretary required as Pat Crowley is standing down this year to give more time to Managing the Apiary
This is the place to have your say so we would like as many members as possible to attend

October

17th – Lecture with Aoife Nic Giolla Coda
Topic- Bees and Plants
Venue – Roanmore Centre, 7PM
Lectures free to Members and those who did the Beginners Course in 2018 .
€5 charge for non-members

September

19th – Lecture and  Presentation of Pre-lim Certs with Michael Maunsell former Education Officer FIBKA .
Topic – Winter Preparation,
Venue – The Munster Bar, Upstairs
Lectures free to Members and those who did the Beginners Course in 2018.

 

€5 charge for non-members.

Tall Ships 2011

We were asked to attend to this hive for the 2011 Tall Ships in Waterford.