Biosecurity for Beekeepers Online Training Online training brings beekeepers up to standard. Hive inspections are covered in the course and are a requirement of the Code of Practice. A new online training course was launched by the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC) and Plant Health Australia this week, to make it easy for beekeepers to find out how to care for honey bees in accordance with the new Australian Honey Bee Industry Biosecurity Code of Practice. The Biosecurity for Beekeepers course explains why biosecurity is important to beekeepers, describes the main pest threats to hives and shows how to check hives for any sign of pests that can reduce bee numbers. It is designed for people with a basic understanding of beekeeping practices, and all beekeepers will find it helpful. The course can be accessed from the BeeAware website at beeaware.org.au/training and instructions are available on the site.
THE AUSTRALIAN HONEY BEE INDUSTRY Biosecurity Code of Practice The Australian Honey Bee Industry Biosecurity Code of Practice (the Code) has been developed in consultation with beekeepers and governments to provide a clear framework for Australian beekeepers to engage in best-practice biosecurity Download the Biosecurity Code of Practice - Click here (0.7MB)
American Foul Brood (AFB) AFB is a reportable disease. Any colony with the disease must be destroyed after reporting. The hive box/es must be either destroyed or irradiated to ensure the disease is not still present. These conditions are made under the Biosecurity Act (information on this is found other other links in this page.
How to detect AFB in your colony? Click here for a Youtube video from the DPI.
Click here for a video on how to identify AFB and other brood diseases from Illawarra Beekeepers'channel in a presentation from Bruce White, former DPI Inspector
Small Hive Beetle Management Small Hive Beetle (SHB) is a pest that is now reportable to the DPI. Click here for an information sheet on the management of this pest.
NSW DPI - Beekeeping Honey bees play an essential role in agriculture, not only producing honey and beeswax but also pollinating a vast number of food crops. Beekeeping is a unique primary industry, depending on native flora for about 80% of its production. Nectar and pollen are produced seasonally and beekeepers must often move their hives large distances to be successful. NSW DPI's role is to provide support to the apiary industry through the provision of extension officers, research scientists, diagnostic laboratories, beekeeping courses and regulatory services. Website: http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/animals-and-livestock/bees
BeeAware BeeAware is a hub of information for beekeepers and growers about honey bee biosecurity and pollination of agricultural and horticultural crops. The site contains an extensive range of information about exotic and established pests and diseases of honey bees, and helps beekeepers to identify and respond to these pest threats. It also contains information about the pollination of crops and how beekeepers and growers can work together to provide and receive best practice pollination services. BeeAware is funded by the Australian honey bee industry, pollinator-reliant plant industries, Plant Health Australia, governments and R&D agencies. Website: http://beeaware.org.au/
Rural Industry Research & Development Corporation RIRDC is a statutory authority established by the Primary Industries Research and Development Act 1989 (PIRD Act). The Corporation was established by the Australian Government to work with industry to invest in research and development for a more profitable, sustainable and dynamic rural sector. A variety of research papers are available on the website - search `bees' Website: www.rirdc.gov.au
Bee Friendly: A planting guide for European honeybees and Australian native pollinators Mark Leech Download this extensive guide to plating your garden out with friendly plants for your bee's - Click here (8MB)
Australian Beekeeping Guide This book brings together available basic information about the craft of keeping bees and honey bee biosecurity. It will provide a strong platform for beginner beekeepers to grow their hobby and provide a useful foundation for beekeepers contemplating beekeeping as a sideline or full-time commercial enterprise. Download - Click here (6MB)