The Amateur Beekeeper - October/November 2019

The Amateur Beekeeper - October/November 2019

In this issue:

  • President’s Letter: Spring surprise

  • Tips: Four equipment checks to do now

  • Adventures in swarm collecting

  • Events

    • ABA Field Day: November 10: Full programme. How to get tickets

  • Biosecurity

    • AFB month.

    • Stopping robber bees

  • ABA support

    • Club forum and training day

  • Brush up your queen spotting

  • Giving new colonies a boost

  • Australian Pollinator week

  • Organisation: The ABA/club structure explained

  • Native bees in the spotlight

  • Beekeepers’ Field Day at Tocal: Programme. Honey Contest

  • Bee forage: Growing grevilleas for bees

  • ABA executive team for 2019

  • Australian Native Bee Conference

The Amateur Beekeeper - June/July 2019

In this issue:


    • The Art and Science of Beekeeping

    • Details of this year’s special bee celebration.

    • Get your tickets!

  • Programme and Planner

    • Speakers and topics

  • News and More

    • Stamps go native.

    • Label law.

    • Brush up your skills.

    • Quiz yourself

  • Industry

    • Manuka gets a seal of approval

  • Club News

    • Council grant for young club

  • President’s Letter

    • A year in review

  • Regulations

    • Council rules for beekeepers and honey sellers

  • Membership

    • Welcome packs for new sign-ups

  • Show rules

    • Pfund it! How honey is graded

  • Trees for Bees

    • Swamp Mahogany

  • Advice

    • Before you build a bee empire . . .

  • Contacts

  • Inveterate inventor

    • Bottling without mess or stress

Don't miss out...!

We need to confirm numbers with the caterers by tomorrow, so book your tickets now, before it’s too late!

The Conference Program

There’s something for everyone at the ABA Conference!

We have a fabulous line-up of over 20 exciting speakers from Australia and overseas ready to amaze you with their stories of honeybees, native bees, pollination, art, photography, medicine, diseases and more...

View the latest version of the program, or download it here. We are working hard to ensure that speakers and topics are spread across the two days, but don’t forget the program might change without without notice as we squeeze in more speakers.

Tickets are just $120 for general admission, or $100 for ABA/NSWAA/NSBKA members - and you can come for the second day for free!

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea are included in the ticket price.

The Gala Dinner @ Hawkesbury Race Club

6pm - 10pm, Saturday 8 June

Hawkesbury Race Club is the place to be on Saturday 8 June!

Not only will there be fabulous food and an open bar, but we will be running the Colonel Pulling Quiz, and presenting awards for the Colonel Pulling inter-club competition, individual ABA awards, and the ABA Bee Shorts film competition.

Member Awards contest extension

Happy World Bee Day!

To celebrate we are accepting entries to our new bee-themed contests for an extra week or so.

You now have until 5pm on Friday 31 May  to get your entry forms in for Best Invention, Best Labels and Best Art or Craft Project.

Prizes worth more than $600 are up for grabs, including vouchers from Bunnings and a gift basket of labels and tags from Avery Products.

Winners will be announced on Saturday 8 June at the 2019 ABA Conference.

Please go to beekeepers.asn.au/contest for details.