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A basic guide to some of the skills and practices of bee production. Easy to follow for those new to bee keeping, this book contains step-by-step instructions, diagrams and full-colour pictures. Includes how to maintain hives, use a bee smoker, catch a swarm, remove and extract honey, health and pests in the hive, buying equipment, and working safely with bees.

  • Introduction
  • General safety precautions
  • Quality Assurance
  • Select bee site
  • Assemble and maintain a hive
  • Obtaining bees
  • Light and extinguish a bee smoker
  • Open, inspect and close a hive
  • Move a hive
  • Seasonal management
  • Catch a swarm
  • Requeen
  • Identify flora for honey production
  • Judging field conditions
  • Remove honey
  • Extract honey
  • 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
  • Background knowledge
  • Glossary
  • Safe work method statements
  • Check your skill

Title          Bee Agskills       
Author(s)                   
Pages          114         
ISBN                   
Catalogue number          B121         
Year of publish          2016         
Publisher          NSW Department of Primary Industries         
Price          $25.00AUD (inc GST)


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