17/08/2019  Apiary Blog UpdateThe summer has gone well, the trainees have had lots to do and have covered most of the usual beekeeping procedures, hiving swarms, artificial swarming, brood amalgamating, brood equalising, sharing queens, queen cells and raising new queens through emergency cells, as well as feeding cleaning, hive maintenance and occasional pint lifting!

We are not completely over, as there is still winterising to do and we'll be calling back the beginners for varroa treatment, feeding, general winterising and preparing the equipment for next season. This will be one Saturday in the next month or two and will be open to the Branch members as well.

We have taken off a few pounds of honey - probably around 50 so that will go towards defraying our expenses. All those who attended have done some honey extraction and filtering, but no jarring up, labelling or selling. Perhaps we should also run a marketing course!

From the 24 we started out with we have about 10 good quality beekeepers whom we hope will go on to having their own hives and becoming long term beekeepers and regular contributors to the Branch and our activities.  The drop off from 24 to 10 is fairly normal, but we'd still like to understand if there is anything that we are doing that would be better if we changed our approach?

So as we come towards the end of the season, all is not over! There is still the Honey Show to come to  and see the different honeys that the branch members have collected and presented. MUBK runs one of the best honey shows in Worcestershire with a significant entry level. After this we have the Memorial Lecture, an Apiary Maintenance day a Branch activity that many members attend, and in the New Year our Annual Dinner. 

I have made some good friends in MUBK and I'd like to thank all the mentors who have turned out week after week to help with the new trainees and pass on their wealth of knowledge. Without them the training program would not be the same. And also my thanks for the help and support through the winter in preparing for this spring, you know who you are and your help has been greatly appreciated.

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