Saturday 15th March
In conjunction with the Bee Improvement and Bee Breeders Association (BIBBA) the Sheffield BKA will be holding a “Bee Improvement for All” day. This is one of a number that BIBBA will be staging throughout the country on a regional basis. We have tried to select a date as far ahead as possible in the hope it doesn’t clash with other events.
This promises to be a hugely instructive day from someone with a wealth of experience in the subject. At £15 per person including lunch and refreshments through the day, the course fee represents excellent value for money.
The event is being advertised regionally and there will be a great deal of competition for a limited number of seats so book early to secure your place.
BIBBA day March 2014 infomation sheet
BIBBA venue information
Despite fairly awful weather, the monthly meeting had a good turnout to listen to David Shannon give his talk on how to prepare honey and wax for showing in competitions.
David has considerable experience showing at regional and national competitions with the medals, ribbons and certificates to prove it and the captive audience (literally, David was blocking the exit to the bar!) was taught the subtle tricks of the trade in how to ensure nothing but your best ends up on the show bench.
It was standing room only as Master Beekeeper John Whitaker from Barkston Ash Beekeepers Association spoke on his experiences in beekeeping with special emphasis on doing it in the most cost-effective manner. There were questions and some discussion on varroa control as John produced some interesting slides combining his love of mathematics and beekeeping. John has written a book on beekeeping – see the usual Amazon link below (other retailers are available).
Meanwhile SBKA treasurer Joy Slingsby was kept busy as people took advantage of Neil Pont from Lincolnshire Apiarie’s offer of fondant which was being sold at cost price (when bought by the box!).
John Whitaker’s book on Amazon
Barkston Ash Beekeepers Association