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Macarthur newsletter - October 2017

Macarthur newsletter - October 2017

What a dry month it has been. That means that you need to make sure that your bees have access to water. Many of us never see the bees drinking but they do. If their usual water has dried up, the water you provide will be used even if you don’t see them use it.

Macarthur newsletter - September 2017

Macarthur newsletter - September 2017

It has been a strange month weather wise. Cold, windy and warm and just as you think that it could be a good time to open the hives, the wind comes up. What to do? By now your spring check should have been made. Don't forget to record all the information you collect as this is a legal requirement.

Macarthur newsletter - August 2017

Macarthur newsletter - August 2017

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.

Macarthur newsletter - July 2017

Macarthur newsletter - July 2017

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.

Macarthur newsletter - June 2017

Macarthur newsletter - June 2017

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!

Macarthur Beekeepers notice

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. 

Macarthur newsletter - May 2017

Macarthur newsletter - May 2017

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!