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    18 August 2020 06:00 AM      08:00 AM

    This event begins 26/09/17 and repeats every week on Tuesday forever

    Spring has sprung, and my phone is ringing daily with enquiries from people wanting to learn about beekeeping, so it must be time to run our annual beginners course again.

    Run over six weeks commencing 26 September, Tuesday evenings, 7-9pm, and we'll also fit in at least one apiary visit on a weekend as weather allows.

    We'll cover everything you need to know to keep a beehive happy and healthy throughout the year, including hive style options, health and disease management, legalities, honey production and much more.

    Whether you've already got a hive and just want to beef up or are just thinking about taking the plunge, come along and have some fun.

    All hive types and methodologies/philosophies covered.... Theoretical, legal and practical.

    Contact me (Deanna) to register - phone home evenings (06) 876 8852.

    Registration required.

    Cost: $50 per person/family.

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    17 August 2020 07:00 AM      08:30 AM

    This event begins 18/09/17 and repeats every week on Monday until 18/09/17

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    Club night: Monday 18 September 
    We are hosting an American Foulbrood (AFB) Refresher Course presented by AsureQuality at our September clubnight. Eveyone welcome! 

    You do NOT need to have completed any previous AFB courses. We encourage anyone keeping bees to attend and learn to identify the diseases found in New Zealand bee colonies.

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    16 August 2020 09:30 PM      17 August 2020 02:30 AM

    Hello Beekeepers
    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
    More info, terms & conditions please contact: 
    Maggie Phone 027 629 9388 or email mjqueenb@xtra.co.nz        

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