Countdown to the NIHBS conference

Conference starts this Friday 9th February with talks by Ralph Buchler and Jonathan Getty.

5.00 p.m. Registration

6.00 p.m. Dr. Ralph Büchler – Organisation and breeding program of the German breeder association AGT.
7.00 p.m. Jonathan Getty – Setting up a Queen Rearing Group
7.45 p.m. – The Reverend Sam Millar Award

No need to pre book, just turn up.

Full list of speakers for Friday and Saturday can be found here

 

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NIHBS Conference Mark Newenham

Mark Newenham of Coolmore Bees will be outlining his queen rearing method at 2.30 on the afternoon of Saturday 10th February.

venue: Athlone Springs Hotel

‘Coolmore bees started back in 2005 with the original stock consisting of every bee under the sun. However it soon became clear that we needed to start breeding a bee that was adapted to the Irish climate, and subsequently a queen rearing method that could be used in all weather. After many failed attempts, we came up with the “slot system” of continuous queen rearing that allowed us to raise queens with minimal intervention to the hive.

After mite tolerance to many synthetic pyrethroids hit, we looked into breeding for Varroa tolerance and obtained stock from a local organic beekeeper who used little or no treatment. This lack of treatment was kept up until about 2015 until we were forced to start using chemical control methods (in the form of organic acids) again due to major colony losses. Although this was a major setback to our programme, we are continuing to breed for a hygienic and productive honeybee.’

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Jack Hassett – NIHBS Conference

Jack Hassett, who is pursing his doctorate at Limerick Institute of Technology, will be giving an update on his DNA analysis of the native bee population throughout the island of Ireland on the morning of Saturday 10th February. NIHBS has been part funding this work for several years.

Jack who is from Thurles, Tipperary, sampled 300 hives from 80 sites.

Watch out for his paper on the Irish bee population which is through peer review and will be published shortly in the IBRA Journal, The Journal of Apicultural Research.

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Nihbs Conference 9-10 February

Just a week away from the Nihbs conference in Athlone.

We have a wide variety of speakers to suit beekeepers of all levels and there will be traders stalls with all you need for the forthcoming season.

Conference Flyer

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Producing queens and nucs – Eoghan Mac Giolla Coda

Eoghan will be giving a lecture at the NIHBS conference on Saturday 10th February explaining how he produces queens and nucs
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Eoghan Mac Giolla Coda is a fourth generation Irish beekeeper.   Having learned the craft through helping his father, at a young age in Co. Tipperary, he became aware of the urgent necessity for conserving and protecting the various strains of Dark European Bees that still existed throughout Ireland.

He found that the bees of Co. Louth were fairly pure examples of the European Dark Bee and this was particularly so in the area known as the Cooley peninsula which is a rather isolated area between the Cooley Mountains and the sea

Eoghan has been enthusiastic in reviving and developing the Co. Louth Beekeepers Association, organising classes for beginners and lecture programmes for all members. He has established a breeding group which produces a number of queens each year from selected native stock as well as providing nuclei of docile bees for beginners each year.  He continues to teach the long established GBBG techniques for the evaluation, selection and breeding of the native bees to his fellow Association members.

 

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Pollinator Plan update – Úna Fitzpatrick

Úna Fitzpatrick from the National Biodiversity Centre will be giving an update on the Ireland Pollinator plan at 2pm on Saturday 10th February. The venue is the NIHBS conference, Athlone Springs Hotel.

Úna has a Ph.D. in Botany.  She worked on a project on the conservation of Irish bees before joining the National Biodiversity Data Centre in 2007 where she has responsibility for plant and pollinator databases.  She is the chair of the steering group that produced the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan 2015-2020 and oversees its implementation.

 

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Irene Power-easy nucs

Irene Power will be giving a talk titled ‘easy nucs’ at 3pm on Saturday 10th February at the NIHBS conference.

Irene Power comes from a well-known and successful beekeeping family. She has had many successes in honey shows in Ireland and London. She is a member of South Tipperary Beekeepers Association & former Secretary of the Clonmel Honey Show (Largest Honey Show in Ireland). Irene provides beginners courses, Intermediate & Senior Study Groups in county Limerick and helps with outdoor demonstrations in South Tipperary. She is a very practical beekeeper who maintains 15 – 20 colonies, with keen interests in honey bee health and queen rearing & honey production.

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Athlone Springs hotel discounted rooms

The Athlone Springs hotel has offered rooms at a discount to anyone attending the NIHBS conference. There are still a few left but the cut off date for the discount is next Tuesday 23rd January

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Setting up a queen rearing group – Jonathan Getty

Jonathan Getty will be giving a lecture on how to set up a queen rearing group at 7pm on Friday 9th Feb at the NIHBS conference in Athlone.

Jonathan Getty is secretary of the Belfast & District branch of the Ulster Beekeepers Association and is at least a fourth generation beekeeper in the Getty family. His main beekeeping interest is queen rearing based on our native bee Apis mellifera mellifera. He started up the Belfast Minnowburn queenrearing group several years ago and he also manages over 70 colonies of his own. Jonathan holds a BSc Hons in Psychology from Queens University Belfast and gained a postgraduate teaching qualification at Stranmillis Training College. He is a fluent Spanish speaker.

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Ralph Büchler lectures at NIHBS conference Athlone

Dr. Ralph Büchler will be giving two lectures at the NIHBS conference.

The first is on Friday 9th February at 6pm and is titled
Organisation and breeding program of the German breeder association AGT.’

The second lecture will be given on Saturday 10th February at 11.30am and is titled
Selection of resistant honey bees with special regard to Suppressed Mite Reduction, Varroa Sensitive Hygiene and recapping behaviour.’

Profile:
Working with honey bees since his youth, Büchler studied Agriculture and Biology at Bonn University and finished his PhD in Bee Science.   In 1990 he moved to the Bee Institute in Kirchhain which is one of the larger German training and research centers for beekeeping. Since 1997,  he is leading the Institute with its about 20 co-workers.

Honey bee selection, disease resistance and alternative varroa treatment concepts are in the focus of Büchler´s research activities.  He is participating in or co-ordinating several international research projects, author of hundreds of papers, book contributions and scientific films.   He acts as a scientific adviser for the breeder association  “Arbeitsgemeinschaft Toleranzzucht” and as vice chair of the German association of bee research institutes.

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