Saturday 18th June was the annual Texas beekeepers summer clinic. It was held in Conroe convention center
Can’t say enough good things about the event – the organization was fantastic, it ran silky smooth, the food was good and the content was first rate.
We attended the following classes;
Natural beekeeping –
given by Ross Conrad. http://www.dancingbeegardens.com/
Ross gave a very balanced discussion of feeding and treating bees. His discussion on Nosema and American Foul brood gave some useful strategies.
Ross repeatedly focused on the importance of hive stress reduction and reducing the additive impact of many sub lethal stresses on bees.
He mentioned that he had a book, but did not use it as a book sales session. His book on natural beekeeping can be found on Amazon
Queen Rearing –
Entering the class I know nothing of queen rearing – Jay gave a very clear discussion of the topic, with very clear slides – I feel to have a god grasp now. With follow up refreshers of Youtube videos I will be tackling this next year. His comments on flooding the yard with drones of good genetics to help get good matings was very useful.
Catching and Keeping Swarms
(again with Jay Poindexter) Again Jay excelled – went 10 minutes over time with no fluff or filler. Jay has clearly caught a lot of swarms and had a had a huge repository of information to draw on. He sure had an interesting path into beekeeping.
Queen finding and re-queening –
Liz was a bundle of energy and fully engaged all from new keepers to 40 year keepers. Learned so tips I will used next time I open the hives. She drove home the point “why do you want to find the queen?” ie unless you need to get hand on with the queen (to kill her for a re-queen) then why get upset if you cant find the queen; w really good point
Chris Moore closed out the day with an update on Texas Beekeepers Association http://texasbeekeepers.org/ was both informative and encouraging. We look forward to more growth in the organization.