The North Kildare Beekeepers Association held its first outdoor demonstration on Saturday the 11 of May in the apiary of Colm O’Neill.
On the day the weather was a mixture of wind, sunshine and showers but the temperature was suitable for inspections.
There were over 50 in attendance, which included the people who had completed the Beginner’s Course in April. Membership of the Association is currently in excess of 80.
The attendance were broken up into groups of 10 and a senior experienced member lead that group to carry out first hive inspections.
The beginners were in one group. Each group was given a task sheet to complete which included several headings and was intended to provide notes to enable the Beekeeper (Colm) plan his season ahead and to take an action necessary resulting from the descriptors.
The headings identified several areas including: is the hive queen right, are there enough food stores present, is the hive disease free, what is the brood pattern like, is there sufficient pollen, is there sufficient bee space, do any frames need replacing plus any notes that would provide the beekeeper with data to support his planning.
To conclude the afternoon everybody was treated to a cuppa and wonderful food by their host and his wife Imelda.