We 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.
The 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.
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.
Now 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.
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
ScienceDaily (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.