In this region Swamp Mahogany (Eucalyptus Robusta) is starting to flower in April and may continue to August. The bark is rough, fibrous and greyish brown. The leaves are shiny on top and dull underneath with a leathery texture. The honey has a pleasant taste and is dark amber in colour. The honey is good for winter stores or spring build-up in dry weather. Light creamy pollen is also produced.
The weather included a downpour of nearly 400mm in the Bungawalbyn area one Sunday, followed by a real downpour from Cyclone Debbie a week later. The Bungawalbyn road, which had bad potholes and corrugations, was graded just before the first downpour. This produced bad washouts, and it has gone under again. It will be closed for a while. There is also the problem of getting out of the properties with 16 hives on the ute.
APRIL/MAY 2017 ISSUE
- HOW TO WIN A SHOW PRIZE
- And contest mistakes to avoid
- GRANTS. INSURANCE. DIY DETAILS
- New logo. Special badges & spoons
- BIOSECURITY UPDATE: Chalkbrood Hive Hints
- BEE NUTRITION EXPLAINED
- Reporting nuisance bees
- THE NEW HONEY LABEL REGULATIONS
- Diseases: How to send samples
- ABA’s NEW CONSTITUTION
- High risk of bigger beetles
- BEES IN THE NEWS
- Wax Moth Quiz. True or False?
- INVETERATE INVENTOR discovers the perfect honey extracting room
- MEMBERSHIP NUMBERS
- 2017 AGM. Next month in Ballina
- ABA BEEKEEPER TRAINING.
- Club contacts
In this Issue
- Beekeeping Registration Requirements
- April Club Event – Hi Tech Hives (Hive Monitoring)
- DPI Request for the Submitting of Samples for Testing
- Handy Hints in the Apiary
- Experiment With a New Kind of SHB Trap
- March Club Event - Parramatta Branch Annual General Meeting – 8 March 2017
- New Logo
- Beekeeper Training
- March Training Held
- ABA Fees 2017
- Club Shop
- What’s in store for 2017?
Bee hives need not be disturbed during the colder months. Provided they are well prepared they will survive until Spring.
Check the queen to see that she is performing well. If she is failing kill her and unite the colony with another healthy one above a sheet of newspaper.
Check all brood combs for disease, particularly AFB.