North Tipp Beekeepers AGM Tue 18th Nov – all welcome

The Annual General Meeting of North Tipperary BKA will be held on Tuesday 18th November at 8.00pm in the LIT (formerly Tipperary Institute). We have had meetings there in the past. For those who do not know it is a little further out of town than Teagasc. Just drive to the roundabout and if coming from Nenagh take the first exit into the college. If coming from the town second exit. There is plenty of parking.

We would also urge any members who know of other beekeepers in their area who are not members of any association to bring them along.

Agenda includes: Minutes, Matters arising Correspondence, Chairman’s Report, Secretary’s Report, Treasurer’s Report, Election of officers, Meetings for the year, North Tipperary Apiary, Subscription to Beekeepers Quarterly, Collection of subscriptions.

I would ask all members to give a little thought as to what lectures and demonstrations you want for the coming year. We have a lot of new members over the past two years and if there is any particular thing you would like to see let us know on the night or if you cannot make it send me an email.

I do hope you will be able to attend and give us some help in setting out our programme for the year.

Jim Ryan – Secretary

Apiary demonstration at Ben Colchester’s Thur Apr 24th @ 6:30pm

There will be an apiary demonstration at Ben Colchester’s farm on Thursday Apr 24th at 6:30pm sharp. Don’t forget to bring your bee suit, gloves, etc. North Tipp Bees Keepers kindly thank Ben for hosting this event.

Location: Drumeen Farm, The Islands, Urlingford. Ben’s number is 085-1660593
Directions from Cork direction: To get there you drive to Urlingford and if coming from Cork direction take the only left turn in the village.
Directions off the Motorway at Exit 6: If you come off the motorway at exit 6 you will come in the other way so you have a right turn. It is at John Bowdens shop. Drive 1.8 miles and the farm is on the left – there is a sign for Drumeen Farm. There is a green shed opposite the entrance.

Beekeepers Beginners Course starts 17th Feb 2014 8pm

A beginners course in beekeeping will be held at the Teagasc Offices, Nenagh Road, Thurles from Monday 17th February 2014 starting at 8pm each evening. The course will include lectures on the following topics:

  • 17 Feb             Life History of the Honey Bee                                    Jim Ryan
  • 24 Feb             Equipment and manipulation of the Colony           Gerry Ryan
  • 3 March           Siting an Apiary/A Years work in the Apiary           Tom Starr
  • 10 March         Hygiene and Disease                                                  Mary Ryan
  • 24 March         Swarm Control                                                             Jim Ryan
  • 31 March         Harvesting the Crop                                                    Gerry Ryan

Following the course all participants will be invited to an outdoor demonstration where they will be shown full colonies of bees and can handle them under supervision. Cost €100.00 which will include membership to North Tipperary Beekeepers Association, a book suitable for beginners and all hand outs.

For further details contact Jim Ryan (Thurles) 087-9718494

Intermediate Bee Study Class starts 11th 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.

North Tipperary Beekeepers launch new website & blog

Welcome to the new North Tipperary Beekeepers Association website & blog. This site is a work in progress during 2013. If you have any photos of your apiary, honey shows or conferences you have attended which may be of interest or are would like to submit an article let us know.

All ideas and feedback welcome to improve the site.