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NUIG wishes to clarify a misunderstanding some beekeepers might have regarding samples of bees to send in.
Keith Browne needs a sample of ten bees from each hive where a mite count has taken place.
If a bee sample was sent in previously, there is no need to send in a new sample unless the queen has changed 6-8 weeks previously.
If there has been no change in the queen status of the colony then the beekeeper does not need to send us a new sample.
And anyone who has not submitted a sample yet, please do so!
We have a subspecies in Ireland that is endangered in Europe, and Ireland is likely to be the last stronghold of this species,” said Prof Grace McCormack, from the Molecular Evolution and Systematics Laboratory at NUI Galway
There are two Bee Improvement workshops coming up in early August. Colm O’Neill will hold a workshop on Saturday 6th August at 2.00 p.m. at his home apiary in Naas, Co Kildare. Pat Finnegan will hold a workshop on Sunday, 7th August at 2.00 p.m. in the Sligo/Leitrim area. Full details of venue, etc. will follow.
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine invites detailed proposals from suitable research institutions for a scientific programme of work to achieve the objectives of the National Apiculture Programme 2016-2019.
The Deise Beebreeding Group will be holding a NIHBS open day at Pat Deasy’s home apiary (Just outside Youghal, Co. Cork) on Saturday the 16th of July at 2.00pm
Topics to be covered include:
Managing our native honey bee
Methods and aspects of bee breeding
Using nitrogen to check for hygienic traits
There is a reduced rate for NIHBS members of €5. €10 for non members
Spaces are limited so its advisable to book which can be done on 024 20910
NUIG has joined forces with NIHBS (The Native Irish Honey Bee Society) to breed a strain that will be tolerant to the devastating Varroa Destructor parasite.
Galtee Bee Breeding Group – Bee Improvement Workshops
Hosted by GBBG and Galtee Honey Farm
Glengarra Wood, Burncourt, Cahir
Sunday,19th. June, 2.00 p.m.
Cover Charge: NIHBS Members – €5, Non Members – €10
Programme of Demonstrations
Colony Evaluation and Simple Hive Records
Methods of Larval Transfer
Management of Apidea Mating Nuclei
Cloake Board System of Queen Rearing
Levels of Varroa Assessment Using Sugar Shaker Method
Raffle for Valuable Prizes – Proceeds to NIHBS Research Fund
We now have participants for Count 1 from all counties except: Dublin, Wicklow, Kilkenny, Longford, Roscommon, Cavan & Fermanagh
It would be great to get data on Varroa from all 32 counties.
Can you help by encouraging a beekeeper from the missing counties to participate in the NIHBS/NUIG Varroa Tolerance Breeding Programme.
This is also a good opportunity to get some of your bees DNA tested.
Full details here
Varroa Tolerance Breeding Programme:
Keith Browne of NUIG, will give a demonstration on the sugar shaker method of counting mites and will give a talk on the breeding programme in Tullamore on 15th May at 1.00 p.m.
Venue: OBKA apiary at Charleville Estate, Birr Road, Tullamore.
The annual COLOSS survey on winter colony losses is now available for completion online
Alternatively, it can be completed manually by printing the PDF file here.
Completed survey should be returned to Mary F Coffey, Teagasc, Oakpark Research Centre, Carlow.
Closing date is 1 June 2016
Please participate…Thank you