Busy season for beekeepers and buyer beware
Marking queens is a tool simply to make them easier to find during the season and this important job was delayed slightly by a cool breeze. Writes Willie O’Byrne.
20 April 2022 Features
Business diversification: bee supplement for fungus to an athlete’s foot spray
The seeds of entrepreneurialism are often sown with a simple realisation - I need a product, I can’t get. This was the foundation of Nuasan Skincare. Amii McKeever spoke to founder Dara Scott.
13 April 2022 Features
Nuclei in beekeeping
Beekeeper Willie O’Byrne gives advice on bees that have made it through winter well, but also on the need for colonies behind in development to be sampled for disease.
Honeybee legs – not just for walking
Did you know that it is a bee’s feet or claws, that may be the cause of her assuming danger and in defence, respond appropriately by stinging the aggressor? Beekeeper Willie O’Byrne writes.
2 March 2022 Features
Critical time for food supply in the beehive
During apiary checks, the beekeeper assesses weight. Those deemed light will require supplementary feeding - an emergency measure to prevent starvation of the colony, writes Willie O’Byrne.
26 January 2022 Features