A perfect beginner insight into the world of Beekeeping, and how the beginner beekeeper can get started.
First Lessons in Beekeeping introduces the prospective beekeeper to the basics of beekeeping through easy-to-understand text and numerous color photos on honey bee biology, beekeeping equipment, management, honey production and processing, as well as disease diagnosis and treatment.
In the preface to this book, author Keith Delaplane says of his first book on beekeeping, "Its pages opened to me a golden world of honey bees and beekeeping and guided my stumbling steps that first spring season. My story is but one of thousands who have passed through the door opened by Dadant's little book."
This book mainly covers tendencies found when working hives as a beginner in the USA, however, many lessons and teachings are shared across continents.
The definitive publication on queen bee breeding in Australia. Covers cell raising, grafting, nutrition, pests and diseases, reproductive biology, genetics, mating apiaries, queen banking, controlled mating, packaging and much more.
Queen cell production
Pests and diseases
Honey bee subspecies
Breeding stock evaluation and maintenance
Genetics and the honey bee
Selective breeding programs
Drone mother colony management
Nucleus colonies and mating apiaries
Catching, caging and shipping queen bees
Queen bee introduction
Queen markets, interstate movement regulations and levies
Calendar of operations
Published in 2016, Queen bee breeding is part of the AgGuide series and is 170 full-colour A4 pages.
Authored by Tocal College, NSW
Honey Harvesting and Extraction Book
Regular price$30.00 AUD
This book informs beekeepers of best practices so that their hard work results in a product of optimum quality. It also informs beekeepers of the threats to honey quality which can occur through poor handling skills or poor design of facilities. It includes references to legislation about food production, where relevant. It shows the way to document procedures so that they can be used as evidence of best practice.
Table of Contents:
Hive to Extraction
Properties of honey
Remove honey from the hive
Transport from hive to extracting facility
Mobile extraction facilities
The extraction process
HACCP for the honey industry
Controlling and maintaining honey quality
Appendix 1: Checklists and record sheets
Appendix 2: Codex for honey
Appendix 3: Antibiotic residues
Appendix 4: Sample safety data sheet
Appendix 5: Vendor declaration
Published in 2017. This book is A4 in size and full colour.
Healthy Bees - NSW DPI AgGuide Book
Regular price$27.00 AUD
Pests and diseases can attack specific stages in the lifecycle of the honey bee and they can also attack specific castes. This publication covers the management of pests, diseases and other disorders of the honey bee.
Table of contents:
The honey bee
Effects of seasons and location
Disease and disorder
Strategies to prevent disease
Diseases of brood
Diseases of adult honey bees
Surveillance and response to exotic pests and disease
Honey bees and the law
Glossary of terms
Published in 2014 and 2016. Healthy bees is part of the AgGuide series and is 75 full-colour A4 pages.
The Australian Native Bee Book
Regular price$35.00 AUD
The Australian Native Bee Book describes native bees generally and provides a complete guide to keeping Australian native stingless bees. It is richly illustrated with over 500 photos, drawings and charts to increase accessibility and aid learning. It is written by an expert who has spent his lifetime intimately engaged with these unique creatures.
Keeping native stingless bees is a hot topic in Australia for commercial, environmental and recreational reasons. You can do something about the decline of pollinators by conserving native bees. Whether you keep a hive or two in your suburban garden, or want to use multiple hives on a commercial farm, this friendly guide has you covered.