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NatBIP News No11

[…]us through the processes of natural and artificial selection and to develop populations of locally adapted bees. The use of exotic imports does not allow this as it merely introduces genes that are untested in our environment and detracts from the development of local adaptation. By the adoption of these simple guidelines, whatever our starting point, beekeepers will at least […]

Genetics for the Beekeeper – Helen Mooney

[…]of bees in the West of Ireland in County Mayo.  The climate is tough on bees that are not locally adapted to harsh damp weather, and with 12 years of beekeeping experience she has come to value the survival traits of the Dark bee. There is hybridisation to the North, in Sligo and also in South Mayo, but further South, […]

Maximising Production with Native Honey Bees
– Colm ONeill

[…]father until Colm took over the beekeeping operation in his early 20s. With his wife Imelda he manages 60 honey production colonies and supporting nuclei, producing honey, native queens, drones and worker bees. They use only Amm bees for local adaption, ease of management and rapid Spring build-up. Both have full-time jobs, working the bees the weekends and queen rearing […]
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– Colm ONeill

November 2022 BIBBA Monthly

[…]father until Colm took over the beekeeping operation in his early 20s. With his wife Imelda he manages 60 honey production colonies and supporting nuclei, producing honey, native queens, drones and worker bees. They use only Amm bees for local adaption, ease of management and rapid Spring build-up. Both have full-time jobs, working the bees the weekends and queen rearing […]
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A Simple Method of Simultaneously Raising Queens and Producing Nuclei

[…]on his own beekeeping enterprise using local strains of native Irish honey bee. Eoghan currently manages over 150 colonies and rears native queens for his own use and that of local beekeepers. (Photographs by Edmond Kirwan and Jim Agnew) First published in An Beachaire (The Irish Beekeeper) The reader may groan and sigh, “not another queen-rearing method,” and I agree […]
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Improving bees by raising your own queens

[…]is it aimed at? This course is aimed at beekeepers who: - Have several colonies. Are involved in a bee improvement group or are considering starting one. BKA teachers, demonstrators and apiary managers. It will suit those who want to raise good quality queens in batches of 6 or more by using "artificial" methods in controlled conditions. The techniques demonstrated […]

John Dew’s Views – the Best Bee

[…]respite from imported bees during the war years, but after the war importation became possible again. Italians, Caucasians, the American Starline and Midnite hybrids, Buckfast hybrids and even Anatolians found enthusiasts for a time. In my experience in Yorkshire they were all found to be inferior to our local bees. Whilst some of the imports survived and produced honey in […]

Honey bee origins, evolution & diversity – Ashleigh Milner

[…]and semi-desert then kept the two groups separate during intervening warm periods. Thus melliferaand cerana, although originating from a common stock, evolved into distinct species. The ultimate western boundary of the cerana territory was in Afghanistan some 600 km to the East of the nearest mellifera colonies in Iran. The cerana territory comprised the Indian Subcontinent south of the great […]
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November 2022 BIBBA Monthly

[…]father until Colm took over the beekeeping operation in his early 20s. With his wife Imelda he manages 60 honey production colonies and supporting nuclei, producing honey, native queens, drones and worker bees. They use only Amm bees for local adaption, ease of management and rapid Spring build-up. Both have full-time jobs, working the bees the weekends and queen rearing […]

NatBIP – May 2020

[…]a document outlining its proposal for a national bee improvement programme. This document is available to be viewed on the BIBBA website. It was written with a view to informing other beekeeping associations of our plans and inviting them to contribute to the finer details of the programme. The aims of the programme are twofold; to improve the quality of […]

BIM 49 – Spring 2017

[…]the game. Joe Crebbin at much the same period, had a bee house beside his plant nurseries at The Braaid. The hives were kept in complete darkness except when he worked the colonies, when the shed door was left open. Herbie Quirk was a member of the Federation committee when he realised in the 1970s that varroa was invading Europe. […]