BEE BREEDING IN THE DÉISE.
The Native Irish Honey Bee Society, in conjunction with Déise Bee Breeders, hosted an apiary demonstration of bee breeding in West Waterford on Sunday 26th May.
Over thirty bee keepers, novices and experienced, were introduced to all aspects of successful breeding. Pat Deasy who hosted the demonstration at his Apiary near Youghal, along with PJ Curran, gave us the benefit of their many years of experience, capably covering topics such as selection, grafting, and the use of apidea boxes.
PJ demonstrates how to use Apidea boxes.
Those who attended learnt about Apidea mating boxes, Cloake boards and the Ben Harden method of breeding, as well as getting hands on experience of how to best choose a suitable larva and to graft same.
The two hours of intense learning was followed by a welcome cuppa and tasty home baking, courtesy of Sheila Deasy and family, ably assisted by Mary Curran. The afternoon has left us with lots to work towards and we look forward to moving forwards, supporting each other in pursuit of the aims and objectives of the NIHBS, as defined at the inaugural meeting of the Society in November, last year. Thank you Pat, PJ and all of the Deasy Clan!!