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Last Updated on Sunday, 28 February 2016 11:33
 
Varroa_DestructorSounds like the winter losses are higher than normal this year. We'll see what the provincial numbers turn out to be...

What were your winter losses for the 2010/2011 Winter?

Take the Members Pole and let us know (right side of the page).
Last Updated on Sunday, 28 February 2016 11:33
 
dadant_extractor_little_wonderWe just purchased a Dadant 4 frame Little Wonder Hand Extractor (along with the extractor stand) from Beemaid over the weekend. We'll be bringing it to this year's field day for show.

This extractor will be used as a display during the Agribition Agri-Ed Showcase, and can be utlized by club members as well during the honey flow (more on this coming soon).

Here's an excerpt from Dadant on the description:
Top quality tangential extractors. Extract 4-91/8" frames or shallow frames per load. All welded food grade stainless steel tank houses the stainless basket. Frames must be turned to extract both sides. Turn shallow frames within basket deep frames must be lifted out for reversal. Hand models are gear driven by quiet, durable nylon gears. All internal components slip out easily to convert into a 300-lb. storage unit. Comes complete with 1½" gate. Tank: 304 SS, 18" dia. x 24" tall.
Last Updated on Sunday, 28 February 2016 11:33
 
 
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The Regina and District Bee Club Field Day 2011
Location Sig Splett’s Home
14 Armour Street
Regina, SK
Date Sunday, June 12th
Time 10:30 am to 4:00 pm (doors open at 10:00 am)
Events
The Grand Tour of Sig's Honey House
We will be taking a look into Sig's honey world, oh the things we will see!

Wax Management
We know every beekeeper has wax, but what do we do with it all?  Feel free to bring ideas to share with the group.

The Honey Cook-Off
In addition to the BBQ lunch, we are having a cook-off.  Want to see if your honey recipe is the best?  Cook up 10 servings worth and bring it with you.  There will be 3 categories:
  • Desserts,
  • Dishes, and
  • Sauces.  
You can enter more than one item if you wish!  There will be prizes.

Live Bees and Queen Marking
We will also be spending some time at the hive (weather permitting).  We are looking for a volunteer to bring a nuc or small box of bees.

Raffles
We will be having 2 raffle draws, tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5.



Hope to see you all there for some fun!  
No club business talk...just friendly bee buzz!

Please R.S.V.P. by June 8, 2011 to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
or call Keara @ 539-2729
Last Updated on Sunday, 28 February 2016 11:34
 
Day of the Honey Bee May 29thThe Day of the Honey Bee in Saskatchewan will be observed, for the second consecutive year, on May 29, 2011.

"Saskatchewan produces some of the highest quality honey in the world," Agriculture Minister Bob Bjornerud said. "We are proud to proclaim the Day of the Honey Bee in Saskatchewan in recognition of our honey producers."

Saskatchewan's beekeepers produce about 8,000 tonnes of honey a year for Canadian and international consumption. Their production, based on the recent five-year-average, is worth about $21 million a year. The value of honey bees for the pollination of crops in Canada is also estimated at more than $2 billion annually, according to the Canadian Honey Council.

"Honey producers play an important role in our agriculture industry and work hard to produce a high quality product for consumers," Saskatchewan Beekeepers Association Chair Calvin Parsons said. "We are pleased the provincial government is again recognizing the efforts of honey producers and the value of bees in the pollination of crops in Saskatchewan with this proclamation."

Various countries around the world have recognized the importance of the honey bee to agriculture and have proclaimed days or weeks in honour of the honey bee.

Source
Last Updated on Friday, 27 May 2011 09:16
 
[Excerpt from SpringLink]

Abstract

The objective of this study was to measure the efficacy of two organic acid treatments, formic acid (FA) and oxalic acid (OA) for the spring control of Varroa destructor (Anderson and Trueman) in honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) colonies. Forty-eight varroa-infested colonies were randomly distributed amongst six experimental groups (n = 8 colonies per group): one control group (G1); two groups tested applications of different dosages of a 40 g OA/l sugar solution 1:1 trickled on bees (G2 and G3); three groups tested different applications of FA: 35 ml of 65% FA in an absorbent Dri-Loc® pad (G4); 35 ml of 65% FA poured directly on the hive bottom board (G5) and MiteAwayII™ (G6). The efficacy of treatments (varroa drop), colony development, honey yield and hive survival were monitored from May until September. Five honey bee queens died during this research, all of which were in the FA treated colonies (G4, G5 and G6). G6 colonies had significantly lower brood build-up during the beekeeping season. Brood populations at the end of summer were significantly higher in G2 colonies. Spring honey yield per colony was significantly lower in G6 and higher in G1. Summer honey flow was significantly lower in G6 and higher in G3 and G5. During the treatment period, there was an increase of mite drop in all the treated colonies. Varroa daily drop at the end of the beekeeping season (September) was significantly higher in G1 and significantly lower in G6. The average number of dead bees found in front of hives during treatment was significantly lower in G1, G2 and G3 versus G4, G5 and G6. Results suggest that varroa control is obtained from all spring treatment options. However, all groups treated with FA showed slower summer hive population build-up resulting in reduced honey flow and weaker hives at the end of summer. FA had an immediate toxic effect on bees that resulted in queen death in five colonies. The OA treatments that were tested have minimal toxic impacts on the honey bee colonies.

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Last Updated on Sunday, 28 February 2016 11:34
 
nucsNow is the time of year that we open our hives and find out how they came through the long winter.
If you are still looking to get some nucleus colonies or queens from the club for the 2011 season, it's not too late to order. Please contact us right away if you need some.
Last Updated on Friday, 29 April 2011 09:39
 
Well Angela Fuller and I went out today to place some Apistan into our colonies east of the Regina. We figured we should get it in before the rain\snow comes this weekend. I'll just post some pics here. If you have questions feel free to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Apistanmy wrapped hives with snow still clingingtop entrances of 2 hives wrapped up. Check out the dead =<the only hive that had no bees when we lifted the cover =<no that's more like itthat snow tires a guy out!making tracks through the spring creek that is on the way to our hivesthe creek behind me was about a foot deep.thats what I get for opening a hive when its cold out. first one of 2011
Last Updated on Sunday, 28 February 2016 11:34
 
honeyScienceDaily (Apr. 13, 2011) — Manuka honey could be an efficient way to clear chronically infected wounds and could even help reverse bacterial resistance to antibiotics, according to research presented at the Society for General Microbiology's Spring Conference in Harrogate.

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I figured I would show the stats for our website visits per day in the last month. We're on the rise!
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Last Updated on Sunday, 28 February 2016 11:34
 
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