Young inseminated queen bees available soon!

The AQBBG has recently had testing of the stock for hygienic behaviour carried out with excellent results. The AQBBG can now offer young inseminated queen bees from the program in February 2015.

For orders and more information, please go to our Queen Bee Breeding page.

Honey Levy Increase Update: AHBIC Submits Proposal to Government

Australian Honey Bee Industry Council Submits Levy Increase Proposal to Government

The Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC) is one step closer to having the current honey levy increased from 2.3 cents per kilogram to 4.6 cents per kilogram and increasing the threshold at which honey levy is paid from 600 kilograms to 1500 kilograms on retail sales of honey.

Please read the full media release and obtain a copy of the business case here.


Best Management Practice for the Transportation of Open Entrance Beehives

In the interests of public safety, the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council Inc. (AHBIC) recommends that the following guidelines be followed, except in the case of emergency, e.g. fire or flood:

  • Where possible, only transport open entrance beehives between sunset and sunrise.
  • When securing beehives, equipment or machinery onto transport vehicle ensure LOAD RESTRAINT GUIDES as set down by the National Transport Commission of Australia are adhered to.
  • After completion of loading of beehives, wait until most bees have stopped flying before departing site.
  • Even in cooler weather, travel through built up areas and road works should be avoided during daylight hours.
  • Ensure adequate fuel is carried on the vehicle to complete the journey without the need to enter a refuelling depot when transporting open entrance beehives.
  • If absolutely necessary that a break in the journey has to occur, then ensure vehicle is located far enough away from lights as not to attract bees.

If the above guidelines cannot be met, AHBIC advises beehives should be screened, netted or closed entrance to prevent escape of bees from transport vehicle.

July, 2014

Please see AHBIC letter here (PDF 423KB)

Warning – Honey bees at risk from canola spraying for green peach aphid

AHBIC has been informed that there is a lot of spraying of canola for the green peach aphid which is spreading the western beet yellowing virus. There are some chemicals being used that are deadly to honey bees.

Many beekeepers have already been shifting hives away. It will pay for beekeepers to check for canola anywhere within a 10 kilometre radius of where they currently have bees located and find out if spraying is to happen.

AHBIC is looking for further information and is planning to put out a press release to inform farmers, agronomists and beekeepers about the risks of this spraying on bees.

AHBIC is communicating this information to you as you may be affected or know a beekeeper that could be affected. Please communicate with your friends on this matter. Please see AHBIC letter here (PDF 220KB)

Honey Month Special

Download Honey Month Special newsletter here (PDF 1.5MB)


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