Attending two tutorials same day $55 with complimentary homemade soup & pie or pizza lunch, plus a NZ Beeswax goody bag
NOTE: Covid-19 has forced rescheduling of some dates previously advertised
One hour: Establishing & Siting an Apiary
Two hours: Flower & Bee Relationships & the Pollination Process
One hour: Bee Communication & Worker Tasks
Two hours: Causes & Controls of Swarming & Robbing
More info, terms & conditions please contact: Maggie Phone 027 629 9388 or email email@example.com
One hour: Introduction of a Mated Laying Caged Queen to a Hive
Two hours: How to Make a Top Split Hive
(Last year, these two tutorials delivered to Auckland Beekeepers’ Club with good feedback)
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.