Varroa Seminar in April
There will be a seminar in April this year for hobby beekeepers to learn about varroa. This seminar is one of a series being delivered by MAF as part of the Government funded programme to manage the spread of varroa. All club members are encouraged to attend. Look out for details in next month's newsletter.
Pauatahanui - Varroa Believed Contained
It appears as though the varroa infestation found at Pauatahanui has been contained. Nothing has shown up in any of the monitored hives. Frank reports that all feral colonies in the area have now been destroyed, thereby preventing these hosting the pest over the winter and causing a spread in the spring.
Diseasathon - 23rd March
The club will hold a diseasathon on 23rd March. This will cover parts of the Hutt Valley where disease has been prevalent in the past. Meet in the Melling Station car park at 8:30 am. If the weather is unsuitable, it will be postponed until 6th April. Phone Frank on 478 3367 or James 565 0164 if you are able to participate.
Monday 10th June.
The club's annual mead competition will be in June, so members should be planning now on making mead. There is a recipe in this edition of the newsletter, and James has a copy of a paper on mead making. Anyone who would like a copy, please see James at the meeting.
Don't forget that the club has one (or two?) extractors available for members to hire. These cost $10 per time (ie over a weekend or similar), and need to be returned promptly in clean working order. Contact May-Ann Lindsay (ph 478 3367) for more information if you are interested.