NOD Apiary Products
The Manufacturer of Mite AwayII
A 3 hour - No Charge - Workshop for Beekeepers
The Reality of Sustainable Beekeeping
To be Held:
Monday April 14, 2008 @ 1:00 p.m.
Hosted by: Country Fields Beekeeping Supplies
Will be held at the Moncton Lions Community Centre
473 St. George St. Moncton, N.B.
Please RSVP by either calling George or Ruth at 506-387-6804 or email
email@example.com or just come on out.
***David VanderDussen from NOD Apiary Products may also be available for***
one-on-one Q & A at your operation on the 14th and 15th.
Call for more details.
Workshop Subjects Include:
- coumaphos and Apistan life expectancies
- Hivastan the line crosser
- the likelihood of Bayvarol registration - active ingredients on the horizon
- thymol potential use in Canada Exomite, Apilife Var, Apiguard
- formic acid choices
- what’s happening globally to bee sources availability and reliability
- strength to strength self-reliance
- looking at
The Bee Cozy indoor nucs
Pictures by Corey Bacon of B’s Bee Ranch Inc.
Moncton Meeting Notice
Doug McRory and 10 commercial beekeepers from Ontario will be
in NB next
week to meet with Braggs regarding blueberry pollination.
They will meet with any interested NB beekeepers Wednesday afternoon,
Feb.27 from 1:30 to 4 PM at the Agricultural Building near the Moncton
For details contact Ralph Lockart at 506 859-8186
Picture Post: Praise bee - a mass for St
This article is property of the
©independent.co.uk. Please use the link below to read the full
story at their web site.
Orthodox worshipers are offering praise to Saint
Haralambos, a patron saint of apiarists
By Rob Sharp
Tuesday, 12 February 2008
To read the whole article click here to go to the ©independent.co.uk web
They've been busy as the proverbial bees in Bulgaria, as this picture
of a dimly lit vigil shows. If you look closely at the jars amid the
candles at this church 60 miles south of the country's capital, Sofia,
you'll see they contain something rather sweet. It's the town's honey
harvest, and it is the focus of a religious festival that pays homage to
the hardest-working of insects.
The annual event takes place in the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin
church in the town of Blagoevgrad (try saying that with a mouth full of
toast and honey), and its Orthodox residents are offering praise to Saint
Haralambos, a patron saint of apiarists – or beekeepers. Locals say a holy
mass for "the sanctification of honey" and cover their bread with the
anointed spread. Soon afterwards, all being well, the weather gets warmer
and the land is ready to be cultivated. People here also say honey has
N.B. beekeepers compensation
dwarfed by losses: industry
The head of the New Brunswick Beekeepers
Association says a provincial compensation package of $100,000 doesn't come
close to replacing the industry's losses over the winter.
As in other Maritime provinces, Quebec, Ontario and northeastern U.S. states,
New Brunswick's hives have recently been decimated for reasons that aren't
yet clear - although many have blamed parasites such as varroa mites, others
disease or even climate change. The New Brunswick beekeepers also suffered
losses due to a cold snap.
On May 18, Agriculture and
Aquaculture Minister Ronald Ouellette announced $100,000 in compensation for
the association's 200 beekeepers.
But Paul Vautour, the head of the beekeepers association, said the industry's
losses are close to $1 million.
"To buy a package of bees now is about $200 a package, that's just to buy the
bees to put them in the box, so at $200 dollars a package, you can say I lost
about $34,000 myself and I'm just a small commercial beekeeper," Vautour said.
"There are much larger ones than me, some with 800 hives, some with 1,500
hives, so their losses are much bigger than mine."
Vautour said the money will help producers buy some bees for this year, but
he added that, with so many beekeepers affected, finding enough bees for all of
them may be difficult.
"We don't even know where we can get bees right now because all of
North America seems to be suffering, so we're going to have to find a source
of bees to fill these hives," Vautour said.
They might not find much help in nearby provinces. For example, P.E.I.
John Berhoe said honey producers in his province weren't hit as hard as New
Brunswick was, but they are still strapped.
"Because there's such a huge demand for bees for pollination of blueberries,
the island really wouldn't have any spare colonies available to sell to New
Brunswick," Berhoe said. "And even as it is, we will likely be running a
thousand colonies short."
Meanwhile, Vautour said beekeepers are hoping to get some answers about how
they can protect their colonies this summer during a summit of Maritime
They're bringing in an American expert who's been studying the parasite that
many believe is responsible.
Interprovincial movement of honey bees into
NB for 2007
The following article applies to people
importing honey bees into NB for 2007. Please note that this applies to honey
bees being brought in for any purpose and includes people purchasing honey bees,
renting honey bees, selling honey bees and any other use of honey bees. These
procedures are in place to protect the honey bee industry from honey bee
Interprovincial movement of honey bees into
NB for 2007
The following outlines the New Brunswick sanitary
requirements for honey
bees being transported from outside New Brunswick into New Brunswick.
Please find below information on A) requirements for honey bees to enter
New Brunswick from outside New Brunswick and B) Beekeepers who do not
meet these requirements.
Subject A: Requirements for honey bees to enter New Brunswick from
outside New Brunswick.
A beekeeper intending to transport honey bees from outside NB to NB must
do the following: The beekeeper must ensure that the bees are
accompanied with a "Permit to Import and Transport Honey Bees /
Autorisation d'importer et de transporter des abeilles" (issued by the
Provincial Apiarist in NB) which is dated not more than six months
before the date the bees are imported into NB.
Procedure to obtain the certificate:
a) The bees have to have been inspected in the Province or Territory of
origin, within six months of the expected date of being imported into
Inspection details: For each apiary, a minimum of ten percent of
colonies or ten colonies (whichever is GREATER) is required to have been
inspected for the following diseases: American foulbrood (AFB), European
foulbrood (EFB), obvious signs of Varroa mite, Tracheal mite or any
obvious signs of any diseases which may be considered detrimental to the
colony. If it is not possible to sample for tracheal mite, an earlier
record stating tracheal mite levels may be considered satisfactory, or a
statement indicating treatments applied against these mites may be
considered acceptable. The inspection form should also state what
treatments have recently been used for other diseases.
NOTE: If there is any AFB found in any of the inspected colonies, then
one hundred percent of the colonies have to be inspected for AFB. Each
colony with AFB has to be clearly marked, stating that AFB is present
and with the inspection date. These colonies will NOT be allowed into
ALSO NOTE: There should be information on the inspection form stating
whether or not resistant American foulbrood has been found within the
last two years. Colonies will not be allowed to enter NB from an apiary
if resistant American foulbrood has been found in that apiary within the
previous two years.
b) The results of the inspection must be sent by fax (506-453-7978) or
Integrated Pest Management Specialist (Entomologist) and Provincial
Crop Development Branch
NB Department of Agriculture and Aquaculture
P.O. Box 6000, Fredericton, NB, E3B 5H1
c) If the results of the inspection are acceptable, the provincial
Apiarist in NB will then issue the following certificate to the
beekeeper in the Province or Territory of origin: "Permit to Import and
Transport Honey Bees / Autorisation d'importer et de transporter des
abeilles". (This certificate will only be valid if it is dated within
six months of the date the bees are imported into NB.)
Subject B: Beekeepers who do not follow these requirements:
Beekeepers who do not follow these requirements may be subject to
Complete texts for the Apiary Inspection Act and Apiary Inspection Act -
General Regulation are found at the following respective sites:
These regulations are designed to help maintain the beekeeping industry
in a healthy state by helping prevent the spread of bee diseases.
Please note that these are provincial requirements. A person importing
honey bees from outside Canada would ALSO have to follow Federal
These conditions are subject to change without notice.
Please contact Chris Maund, Integrated Pest Management Specialist
(Entomologist) and Provincial Apiarist, if further information is
required. (tel: 506-453-3477)
Collapse Disorder Press Release - HONEY BEE DIE-OFF ALARMS BEEKEEPERS, CROP
GROWERS AND RESEARCHERS
Disorder Podcast (2/2007) - YOU WOULD NEED QUICK TIME PLAYER (DOWNLOAD IS
FREE) TO PLAY THIS FORMAT
Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings to all! All of the Maritime Beekeepers were so good this year that Santa stopped by
at their annual meeting! Don't believe that Santa was there? Click
here to see for yourself.