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(far left) Opening hives
(left) Commercial hives
permanently strapped ready
for mechanical loading onto
lorries for pollination and
migration
(below) A great selection
of honey with tasters
available for all of them
mess. American Foul Brood indigenous animals and
(AFB) is quite common and birds by taking over the
I found European Foul hollows that the former
Brood (EFB) in the first hive would use for nesting.
I looked in. The honey bee, On the plus side, Australia
as an introduced exotic still does not have varroa.
animal, is also considered The beekeepers I spoke to
to be threatening certain were very worried that varroa
Peter, the NSW royal jelly will eventually come and,
salesman like beekeepers in the UK, attractions for passing tourists.
wish the government was Peter, the salesman and bee
more proactive in paying for demonstrator, was a great
research and protection of fan of royal jelly, claiming it
A grey kangaroo (an item the honey bee colonies. had transformed his life,
on Australia would be HONEY VARIETIES getting rid of his arthritis and
incomplete without
mentioning this intriguing giving him a new spring inThe monofloral honeys
animal!) his step. His enthusiasm was found here have exotic and
almost convincing.
sometimes colourful names:
stringy bark honey, iron bark Coming home to the grey of
honey, yellow box, red gum, the 2008 Welsh autumn left
blue gum are a few. me very glad to have seen a
different side to beekeeping. The yellow wattle, the
It has left me hoping for anational flower, is a cheerful
bit more sun next year. yellow. I was told it bears
little honey but yields Happy beekeeping!
pollen, but this seemed
hard to believe on seeing
the bees flocking round it.
Anything that smells that
good must surely have
some nectar.
Honey marketing in the area
I visited is well developed
with some great bee-based
Yellow wattle is visited by
honey bees
A cheery encouragement to
come in and buy
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