Bees

Bee Experiences - Field Day and Queen Bee Rearing Weekend Workshops

Elouera Vale has been working with bees for over 4 years. Lynne, Elouera Vale's beekeeper, is enthusiastic about her work with bees. For her, beekeeping is fascinating and highly enjoyable, but it’s also very important. 

Lynne delights in watching her bees work. Then there’s the amazing crop of honey she harvests which she says " is better than anything you’ll ever find at the store".  As well as watching her bees and enjoying eating honey, Lynne loves the learning involved. She learns from experienced beekeepers as well as recently participating in a Cert III in Beekeeping.

The challenge of beekeeping brings some obvious rewards. But it is also an important contribution to our local ecosystem.

So why is beekeeping important? Bees are essential for pollinating plants and crops which in turn provides us with food. Around the world the number of honey bees is on the decline, so keeping bees is crucial to help increase the bee population. Beekeeping is also a skill that is becoming less popular and there seems to be a decline in the number of beekeepers around the world. 

1.  Elouera Vale Beekeeping Field Day


Come join us for a relaxed day of beekeeeping at Elouera Vale, Mittagong, in the beautiful Southern Highlands and learn how to manage your hives productively to maintain optimum health and productivity of your hive. This Field Day will be run by experienced beekeepers, Harvey and Dennis, who will provide opportunity for hands on experience in all aspects of seasonal management. There will be plenty of opportunity to ask all the questions that have been bothering you and hear from the experts as they share their experience. This Field Day is designed for people who already have hives but would like more detailed information about maintaining them. There will be a strong emphasis on the practical side of beekeeping.

Some of the topics covered will include:-

  • Building and wiring frame
  • Foundation making
  • Wax embedding
  • Inspecting a hive - hands on experience in what to look for to work with your bees to maintain maximum health in the hive and therefore promote maximum production of 
  • brood and honey. This will cover pests and diseases as well.    

WHEN - Saturday 5th February 2022, further dates to be advised. Contact Lynne if interested.
WHERE - 'Elouera Vale', Mittagong, NSW
TIME - 9am-3pm

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Your learning facilitators

HARVEY - Harvey started his beekeeping journey from the age of 14 on his parents farm in the North of England. Keeping his passion alive alongside his professional football career for 20 years and then finally residing in Australia, Harvey now specialises in the art of instrumental insemination with Queen bees and breeding, travelling to UK and parts of Europe to gain knowledge on a regular basis, working with specialist genetic Queen Breeders on different strains - Italian, Carniolan, Caucasian and Buckfast stocks, looking to the future in perfecting the apis mellifera honey bee.  He is now based in the Southern Highlands and teaching Certificate III & IV in beekeeping to a wide range of school students, amateur beekeepers and apprentices in the commercial sector.

DENIS - Denis started his beekeeping career working with his uncle for over 30 years. He helped him with his bees and in 1996 he inherited them. Denis is very familiar with the environmental challenges of the Southern Highlands. He is also very adept at making his own equipment with great care and can modify according to need. He was an early member of the Southern Highlands Apiarist Association and he willingly shares his experiences to those seeking advice. His knowledge of bees and how to manage a hive is extensive. He is very 'Bee-Knowledgeable' and hands-on with bees.


What to bring

Your PPE gear -bee suits and gloves must be freshly cleaned.

Your lunch

A camp chair if you own one, otherwise seating is provided.


What will be provided

Morning tea/coffee

Equipment for frame making (completed frames may be purchased at a competitive price)


COST $200.00/ person

Payment 
Full payment 2 days prior to the event. Receipt of payment will be emailed to you.
EFT
Name: LE Deeth
Bank: NAB
BSB: 082883
Account: 329813322
Reference: use your full name

COVID SAFE

Anyone can participate in educational outdoor gatherings.

  • You are not required to be fully vaccinated or carry vaccination evidence.
  • COVID-19 Safe Check-in is not required.
  • Face masks will be required when involved in the indoor learning experiences.
  • We will comply with any Government COVID regulations/Health Orders.

ACCOMODATION

Can be arranged for those travelling long distances. Camping/ B&B accomodation is available but needs to be arranged when booking.

REGISTRATION

Complete and submit the form at the end . . . . . . . . make sure you hit the Register tab on completion

ENQUIRIES:- lynne@eloueravale.com.au           


2. Elouera Vale Queen Bee Rearing Weekend Workshops


This Queen Bee Breeding weekend workshop is being run by industry respected experienced specialists and is designed particularly for the experienced beekeeper who would like to expand into queen breeding, or for the home beekeeper who is interested in breeding their own bees for certain genetic traits.


At the completion of the workshops you will have a good understanding of how to :-

Graft queen cells with correct aged larvae

Raise quality queen bees

Implement a queen breeding program

More specifically, this 2 day program will include -

Day 1 - 

  • Queen bee rearing principles
  • Cell bars and cell raising colonies
  • Grafting
  • Managing small numbers of cells
  • Biology of honeybees
  • Castes
  • Reproductive system
  • Lifecycle
  • Importance of nutrition and disease management

Day 2 - 

  • Genetics
  • Breeding program and selection of stock
  • Drone mother hive management
  • Nucleus colony size / management
  • Mating yard design
  • Catching, marking, clipping and caring for queen bees
  • Packing, mailing and transporting queen bees
  • Banking queens
  • Queen candy
  • Queen bee introduction
  • Artificial insemination

WHEN – 5th & 6th March, 2022

WHERE - 'Elouera Vale', Mittagong, NSW

TIME - 9am-3pm each day

WHAT TO BRING-
  • Freshly cleaned PPE gear.
  • Lunch (morning tea provided)

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Your learning facilitators

HARVEY - Harvey started his beekeeping journey from the age of 14 on his parents’ farm in the North of England. Keeping his passion alive alongside his professional football career for 20 years and then finally residing in Australia, Harvey now specialises in the art of instrumental insemination with Queen bees and breeding, travelling to UK and parts of Europe to gain knowledge on a regular basis, working with specialist genetic Queen Breeders on different strains - Italian, Carniolan, Caucasian and Buckfast stocks, looking to the future in perfecting the apis mellifera honey bee. He is now based in the Southern Highlands and teaching Certificate III & IV in beekeeping to a wide range of school students, amateur beekeepers and apprentices in the commercial sector.

DENIS - Denis started his beekeeping career working with his uncle for over 30 years. He helped him with his bees and in 1996 he inherited them. Denis is very familiar with the environmental challenges of the Southern Highlands. He is also very adept at making his own equipment with great care and can modify according to need. He was an early member of the Southern Highlands Apiarist Association and he willingly shares his experiences to those seeking advice. His knowledge of bees and how to manage a hive is extensive. He is very 'Bee-Knowledgeable' and hands-on with bees.


Payment
Full payment 2 days prior to the event. Receipt of payment will be emailed to you.

EFT
Name: LE Deeth
Bank: NAB
BSB: 082883
Account: 329813322
Reference: use your full name

COVID SAFE

Anyone can participate in educational outdoor gatherings.

  • You are not required to be fully vaccinated or carry vaccination evidence.
  • COVID-19 Safe Check-in is not required.
  • Face masks will be required when involved in the indoor learning experiences.
  • We will comply with any Government COVID regulations/Health Orders.

ACCOMODATION

Can be arranged for those travelling long distances. Camping/ B&B accomodation is available but needs to be arranged when booking.

COST -$480.00 per person (BYO lunch)

(you will be provided with a queen bee raising kit and the DPI book “Queen Bee Breeding Ag Guide”

REGISTRATION

Complete and submit the form below . . . . . . . . make sure you hit the Register tab on completion.

ENQUIRIES:- lynne@eloueravale.com.au                 

Bee Experience Registration


  • Queen Bee rearing course
  • Field Day program


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