ONE-OFF QUEEN CELL PRODUCTION POWERPOINT TUTORIAL FOR COMMERCIAL BEEKEEPERS & LONG-TERM HOBBYISTS
WOODLANDS MOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE, 126 KERIKERI ROAD, KERIKERI 2030
Twenty-five years ago, loving the outdoors I struck on the idea of having a beehive as a hobby, and then I dived into beekeeping with gusto! I studied at Telford via correspondence. In those days Telford also offered a queen bee rearing certificate, so once I completed the apiculture knowledge cert, I launched into queen rearing studies. To complete my queen rearing cert, I was required to be at Telford for 8 weeks, and during this time there was major emphasis on stock selection, grafting techniques, and artificial insemination.
Back home, my first customer enquiry to buy queen cells was for 600! I really thought it was a hoax, particularly when the guy said he was travelling from the deep south with a chocolate cake for a Saturday a.m. cuppa! Well, I got heaps of referrals from that outfit.
I then shifted to Leeston, Mid Canterbury, which fortuitously coincided with the breakup of the Airborne Honey beekeeping operation. All the ABH guys were excellent beekeepers and I ended up with all of them as my customers. I was based at a large local extraction plant, hence more customers. I have great commercial referees, and some of my customers I have retained for 20 years. The local guys get smaller amounts of cells, but those from long distances generally 70 or 144. Over the years, I have produced tens of thousands of queen cells.
So now I have got so much to tell regarding beekeeping, and it has come to a time to change tack and decelerate.
One-off queen cell production PowerPoint tutorials for commercial beekeepers & long-term experienced hobbyists. Topics covered include colony selection, feeding & stimulation, pollen, royal jelly, starter & finisher hives & manipulations, cell bars & frames, grafting, breeder stock, setting up & running polystyrene mini mating nucs & yard, banking queens, incubators, basic biology. Tutorials in simple English, 250+ slides & handout.
9.30 am to approx. 2.45 pm $190 pp (GST incl)
Note: Covid-19 and Air NZ cancellation of tickets has forced rescheduling of some previously advertised dates & facilities
Sundays: Other venues considered if demand
7 June Canterbury: Deferred to 14 June
14 June Canterbury: ‘Gowanlea’, 981 Whitecliffs Road, Coalgate R D, 7673. Followed by Corsons’ AFB dog demo, AFB hive burning, AP1 or AP2 regional AFB update, BBQ. Please see forum thread Queen Cell Production Tutorial, AFB Sniffer Dog Demo & Hive Burning, Social Event & BBQ
21 June: Rotorua. Deferred to 16 August
5 July Whangarei: Quarry Arts Centre, 21 Selwyn St, 0110
19 July Hamilton: NZ Beeswax, 153 Maui St, Pukete, 3200. Factory tour to follow
2 August Kerikeri: Woodlands Conference Centre, 126 Kerikeri Road, 2030
16 August Rotorua: Arts Village, 1240 Hinemaru St, 3010
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