Beekeepers on course for great knowledge

The programme will include educational talks presented by a competent beekeeper

THOSE that enjoy beekeeping and those that might have an interest in finding out more about the subject have been advised of an informative series of talks that will commence in Killarney in the coming weeks.

The 2020 Kerry beekeepers’ course will get underway on Thursday, February 20 and it will continue on a one night per week basis until mid-March.

The programme for each evening will include an educational talk presented by a competent beekeeper followed by interactive discussion and refreshments.

The facilitator is Pat Curran, a commercial beekeeper who operates Sun Hill Honey in Killorglin. He is a most experienced practical beekeeper who will begin by introducing participants to the beehive and the different bees that live within.

He will also share his depth of knowledge and experiences and discuss beekeeper tasks for each month.

The talks, which will be of interest to aspiring beekeepers and beginners, will be held in the Teagasc Offices in Cleeney, Killarney. The registration fee is €75 and that includes the course, a beginner’s book and membership of the Kerry Beekeepers Association which includes bee insurance for 2020. The number of places is limited to 30 on a first-come first-served basis.

The weekly topics will be:

* Thursday, February 20: Hive parts, getting to know your bees and the equipment needed.

* Thursday, February 27: Site for hive and tasks such as hive Inspections.

* Thursday, March 5: Spring feeding and increasing bee numb

* Thursday, March 12: Swarm control and honey flow

* Thursday, March 19: Harvesting honey and getting bees ready for winter

A visit to an apiary will also be arranged at a date to be finalised.

For registration details email the Kerry Beekeepers Association at [email protected] or contact Michael on 087-6552233 between 5.00pm and 7.00pm.

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