Education

Intermediate Bee Course – Feb 2013

We have arranged an  intermediate class for the large number of beginners who have joined our  association over the past three years. The idea of the course is to improve  beekeeping skills. The course will be based on the study group model, which has  been used by various associations around the country with great success. The  course will be based on The Beekeeping Study Notes by J.D. and B.D. Yates. It is  recommended that each participant would have their own copy and we have secured  40 copies of the book which will be available on the first night at €15.00.

As we are looking at  beekeeping in a much more detailed manner, it is not possible to cover  everything. Participants will be expected to do additional reading between each  session of the Yates book and the text book already provided.

The class will commence on  February 11th next at 8.00 pm in the Teagasc Offices Thurles and will  run on alternate Mondays at the same time. The cost of the will be €20.00 which  will cover the cost of running the course over its duration. Class nights will be:- Feb  11th and 25th, March 11th and 25th,  April 8th, 22nd and May 6th. May 6th  is the end of the May bank holiday but we are hopeful that people will be able  to attend. These classes will be followed by two outdoor practical sessions at  the hives:- Inspecting a colony and Simple Queen Rearing.

The course is intended to  take members who have started beekeeping in the past three years to a more  advanced level of the craft. There is no substitute for experience but we hope  that each participant will have the skills necessary to manage their apiaries  for honey production.

For all those who have bees  and are not currently members it is necessary that they renew their insurance  which lapsed at the end of December.

If you intend participating  please let Jim Ryan know by Thursday of this coming week as we would like to have an  idea of how many we will be catering for.

Beginner’s Course – an update for 2013

We ran three very successful Beginner’s Course over the last 3 years, introducing over 100 people in the area to beekeeping or helping them improve. There will be no Beginner’s Course this year as we focus on helping these Beekeepers improve through the Intermediate Beekepping course. Our neighbouring association, South Tipp Beekeepers, is running a course.

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