The aim of this book is to provide bee-keepers with a guide to the common pests and diseases of bees.
Healthy Bees covers seasonal factors that affect the health of the colony, nutrition, non-infectious disorders, diseases, exotic pests, and strategies to prevent them.
Clear photographs to help you recognise and identify pests and diseases, and videos demonstrate collecting samples from your hive.
Doug Somerville is employed by the NSW Department of Primary Industries as a Technical Specialist for Honey Bees. He has over 25 years experience assisting bee keepers and honey producers with
· best management practices in keeping honey bees;
· seasonal management enquiries;
· disease/pest management processes;
· starting out in bees;
· progressing from an amateur beekeeper to a business in keeping bees.
Doug Somerville has beekeeping experience in the United Kingdom and Canada and has been a guest speaker at several international conferences. He also manages over 100 hives himself for research, honey production and pollination.
Jennifer Laffan has written many publications and training resources for the NSW Department of Primary Industries, including others in the AgSkills series.
General safety precautions
Select bee site
Assemble and maintain a hive
Light and extinguish a bee smoker
Open, inspect and close a hive
Move a hive
Catch a swarm
Identify flora for honey production
Judging field conditions
Legal considerations for an apiary
Health problems and pests in the hive
Reducing swarming behaviour
Buying second-hand hives and equipment
Industry structure and contacts
What is a Safe Work Method Statement?
Check your skill
Other Agskills books
Top-bar hives yield slightly less honey but produce more beeswax than a typical Langstroth box hive. Regular hive inspection and the removal of old combs helps to keep bees healthier and naturally disease-free.
Top-Bar Beekeeping provides complete information on hive management and other aspects of using these innovative hives. All home and hobbyist beekeepers who have the time and interest in keeping bees intensively should consider the natural, low-stress methods outlined in this book. It will also appeal to home orchardists, gardeners, and permaculture practitioners who look to bees for pollination as well as honey or beeswax.
Beekeeping For Dummies is a practical, step-by-step beginner's guide to beekeeping. It gives you plain-English guidance on everything you need to know to start your own beehive, from buying the right equipment, sourcing bees, and locating your hive to maintaining a healthy colony and harvesting honey. Plus, you'll get the latest information on the causes and effects of bee disease, colony collapse disorder, and the impact the sudden disappearance of the honeybee has on our environment and economy.
Here, you'll get trusted information on beekeeping in the UK, specifically written to address climate, buying equipment, locating hives, the local impact of colony collapse disorder and ways to avoid or minimise the risk to your hive, seasonal beekeeping tasks, local beekeeping associations, and updated content on urban beekeeping.Understand the anatomy of your bees Learn techniques and tips for harvesting, bottling, packaging, and selling honey Discover the benefits of beekeeping Learn techniques on obtaining and hiving your bees If you're a beginner beekeeper, taking a beekeeping course, or just have an interest in the plight of the honeybee, Beekeeping For Dummies has you covered!
This book informs beekeepers of best practices so that their hard work results in a product of optimum quality. It also describes the threats to honey quality which can occur through poor handling skills or poor design of facilities. It includes references to legislation about food production, where relevant. It shows the way to document procedures so that they can be used as evidence of best practice.
PART A: HIVE TO EXTRACTION
Part A is about:
· safety of personnel
· properties of honey
· removing honey from the hive
· transporting honey to the extracting facility.
PART B: EXTRACTION PREMISES
Part B is about:
· the location and construction of the extraction facility
· surrounding grounds
· site as a food premise
· mobile extraction facilities.
PART C: EXTRACTION PROCESS
Part C is about:
· the extraction process
· extraction equipment
· maintenance of the equipment
· storage of honey.
PART D: EVIDENCE
Beekeepers and other food producers must have documented and traceable evidence that food materials have been handled safely and free from any contamination.
Part D of this book outlines the requirements for the documentation and provides examples of satisfactory ways to demonstrate compliance. This is the Hazard Analysis at Critical Control Points or HACCP for the honey industry.
Table of contents
· General safety
· Weeds: Part of the problem
· Pathogens: Part of the problem
· Nematodes: Part of the problem
· Insects: Part of the problem
· Inspect machinery and support vehicles
· Identify and report unusual weeds, disease or pest signs
· Sampling procedure
· Clean machinery and support vehicles
· Dispose of contaminated soil and plant matter
· Prevention and control of weeds, pests and disease
CONTENTSSmarter professional driving What is four-wheel driving? Four wheel driving techniques Vehicle recovery Basic vehicle repairs Navigation and communication Recovery gear listDriver checklist
This book about organic livestock follows others in this series Organic Farming: an introduction and Organic Farming: crops, fruits and vegetables. The principles of ecology outlined in the introductory book are essential for the success of any organic enterprise and this includes the importance of soil and its continuing improvement because soil is essential to the production of feed for livestock.
This book covers some principles of organic livestock farming plus extensive case studies for a range of enterprises such as lamb and beef, dairy, pigs, mussels, turkey, eggs and wool — and many other examples.
There is a growing demand for organic produce, and this book explores the value-adding benefits of organic practices in farming, economically and environmentally. With a scientific background and a wide range of real world case studies, this book will help you consider different methods of organic farming and how to implement them. It will show you how to farm in a way that cares for the environment, without using synthetic chemicals.
Other titles in this series:
Organic Farming: An introductionOrganic Farming: Crops, Fruits and Vegetables
Farm Agskills is a comprehensive guide to basic farm skills. Learn about rope knots, wire knots, the basics of electric and conventional fencing, calibrating farm machinery, inoculating and lime pelleting legume seeds, estimating pasture yields, planting trees, soil testing and farm safety. Simple to follow with step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and full-colour pictures.Farm AgSkills is part of the AgSkills series: books that provide clear explanations about a wide range of practical tasks performed in farming. Industry personnel and departmental officers have been involved in compiling these Agskills.