National Bee Survey announced

National Bee Survey Newsletter Special Edition – June 2015

National-Bee-Survey-Barnaby-JoyceAgriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, has announced that the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) will be carrying out a national bee survey.

Read more about this great news in our June 2015 Special Edition Newsletter (PDF 700K)

Code of Practice and National Bee Biosecurity Program

AHBIC has been working with state governments, the commonwealth government and PHA to develop a mandatory Biosecurity Code of Practice and a National Bee Biosecurity Program for the honey bee industry in Australia. The recently successful honey levy process, which increases the honey bee industry’s biosecurity investment, allows for industry to contribute $400,000 per year to this proposed Program.

Industry leaders and governments have been working to refine the Code and Program and now is the time for all of industry to see what is proposed and have their say on what it contains.

To learn more visit our Code of Practice and National Bee Biosecurity Program page.

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)

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