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A queen bee being fed by a worker

The queen is dead. Long live the queen.

The queen is the most important individual in a honey bee colony. Having young, quality queens is an easy way for beekeepers to maximise their hive populations and get the most out of available nectar flows.
Queens should be replaced every 1-2 years and more frequently if the colony is aggressive …
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Barrier management systems

The Australian Honey Bee Industry Biosecurity Code of Practice recommends the implementation of a barrier system that divides the apiary into one or more isolated sub-units and restricts movement of hives and hive components between these sub-units. 
The use of a barrier management system will reduce the risk of spreading pests …
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Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC)

The Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC) vision is a sustainable and profitable Australian honey bee industry providing food security and market opportunities. AHBIC’s mission is to represent the best interest of the Australian beekeeping industry through advocacy and the prioritizing of research, development and education.

Video: In this video, Peter McDonald, …
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Almond pollination: hive management

Every year in August over 200,000 bee colonies are taken to New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia to pollinate more than 30,000 hectares (Almond Board of Australia 2017-18 Almond Insights) of almond trees.
Honey bee pollen foragers perform most pollination of almonds. To increase the number of pollen foragers brood …
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Hive management: Autumn & winter

Hive management in autumn is critical to ensuring your hives survive winter. Disease and colony management is best performed in autumn rather than in winter.
Perform a pre-winter inspection in late April or early May on a warm sunny day:

Ensure that all colonies have a laying queen
Colonies without a queen …
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small hive beetle adult

Pests and diseases – Small hive beetle

Summer brings warmth, hopefully rain, flowers and with luck; lots of honey bee activity. Unfortunately for beekeepers in many areas of Australia it also means lots of Small Hive Beetle (SHB) activity.
The life cycle of SHB involves adult beetles moving into hives where they will feed on hive debris, pollen …
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Introducing the Professional Beekeepers Community of Practice

The Professional Beekeepers Community of Practice (CoP) has been established to meet the needs of rural and regional Australia for the extension of knowledge and promote collaboration on important issues to commercial beekeeping.
Led by passionate and knowledgeable industry experts from around Australia, the Professional Beekeeping community provides the most recent, …
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Honey bee and pollination industry update

The AgriFuturesTM Honey Bee & Pollination Program aims to support Research, Development and Extension (RD&E) that will ensure a productive, sustainable and more profitable Australian beekeeping industry and secure the pollination of Australia’s horticultural and agricultural crops.
Key components of the program
Key components of this program include increasing productivity and profitability …
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670,000+ registered honey bee hives in Australia

672,216 honey bee hives and 25,495 beekeepers are registered in Australia according to Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC) past Executive Director Trevor Weatherhead.  



With the assistance of state and territory government staff, Weatherhead compiled an update of beekeeper and …
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