Reminder that The Annual General Meeting of the Macarthur Beekeepers Association Incorporated will be held at: Macarthur Centre for Sustainable Living 1 Mount Annan Drive, Mount Annan On Wednesday 21st March 2018 at 7:30pm.
Another month has passed and I have noticed many eucalypts in flower. This is a positive sign that winter is coming to an end. Now is the time to make sure that all your frames and boxes are ready for the spring. Often when the bees start collecting they go hell for leather and we beekeepers are left trying to keep up.
A honeybee can carry up to 30 percent of its body weight in pollen because of the strategic spacing of its nearly three million hairs. The gap between each eye hair is approximately the same size as a grain of dandelion pollen, which is typically collected by bees. This keeps the pollen suspended above the eye and allows the forelegs to comb through and collect the particles. The legs are much hairier and the hair is very densely packed -- five times denser than the hair on the eyes.
With the weather getting cooler it is now a good time to clean up equipment and around the hives. Speaking from experience, it is much easier to fit wax to clean frames than have to clean the frames first, especially when you are in a hurry to do your hives, finding them full and then needing to put in more foundation!
New Country of Origin Food Labelling Law – free webinar for businesses
At 6:30pm on Thursday 22 June AEST the ACCC, along with representatives from peak industry groups, will be streaming a free webinar on the new law. The webinar will focus on the practical issues for businesses complying with the new food labelling requirements before they become mandatory on 1 July 2018.
The webinar will address the following questions:
- Who needs to make a country of origin claim?
- What do 'grown', 'produced', 'made' and 'packed' mean?
- When can I make a 'made in' claim?
- How do I calculate the percentage of Australian content in my products?
- How will the new requirements be enforced?
Register now to participate.
Not all salvias (also called sage) flower year round, but this purple one does (see full newsletter). It provides bees with high nectar and low pollen. You can grow several salvias into a six foot hedge or keep trimmed to two feet. Plant your pruning as it grows easily from cuttings. In fact, if you plant a hectare of salvia you would yield 200 -400kg of honey!