As time flys by, Miami Fair has come and gone. I’ve not only kept myself busy with the farm but I’ve also kept my thoughts busy with bees lately. Making time for the family is one thing I’ve tried my hardest to make priority for but making time for the family on the farm has been another challenge I’ve struggled at. As the dynamics of farm business change, so does the separation of farm from family. Except with 4-H.
4-H forces us to make the time “off the farm, on the farm” to work with our kids on farm projects. In our case, showing cattle. It’s a Connection to agriculture that will last a lifetime. It’s also time we can dedicate to involve our kids into the farm from our busy farm lives.
Here is a video of the bee beard I grew at the MBA field day event. Might be a while TIL I do this again!
The flow has hit, the second is FULL! Supers are going out as we insert excluders. I am happy with the way the hives look. I’m almost thinking they are too big, I guess swarms will tell if I got their set up right.
Getting the 4-H stock ready for Miami Fair, typically it rains during the fair, I hope we get some rain!!
Might be a while before I do this again 🙂. After attention like that it takes me awhile to decompress. I’m planning a slow day today.
The MBA field day attracted 117 beekeepers of all stripes along with 37 children. We had a beekeeper attend straight from Carcross Yukon! The farm was a buzz! Generous donations brought in nearly $1600 towards the Barry Fingler research fund. MLA Blaine Pedersen and director for primary Agriculture Miles Beaudin both were in attendance. We had Allan Dawson from the Manitoba Cooperator and Harry Siemens from The Farm Show to cover the event.
It was a day that I wanted to show to the Beekeeping Community what we are all about. All types of beekeepers from all corners of the province coming together and sharing their Beekeeping experiences. Pushing ourselves to take that extra step to support our industry to raise healthy bees to provide for our livelihoods.
Thank you all who spent the time to attend along with countless guests who supported the event online from abroad.
Tomorrow I’m back into the bees!
Miles Beaudin- Director for Primary Agriculture, Paul Gregory- Vice President of the Manitoba Beekeepers Association, Hon. Blaine Pedersen-MLA Midland, Minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade
Today I was practicing growing a bee beard. I had to figure out the logistics behind growing a bee beard to help settle my nerves for the upcoming event.
I will be holding the Manitoba Beekeepers Association field day event at my farm, Saturday June 16 2018
Honey house tour will start at 11:00,
Complementary burgers at 12:00 provided by Steppler Farms, Complementary drinks will be provided by BeeMaid
I will give a membership presentation at 1:00 with Hon. Blaine Pedersen, MLA Midland, Minister of Growth, Enterprise and Trade and Miles Beaudin, director of Primary Agriculture in attendance. We will have a photo op to follow with Blaine and Miles suited up in a beekeeping jacket holding a frame of bees with our MBA VP Paul Gregory.
I will attempt to grow a bee beard after the photo ops, hopefully to follow with further photo ops with Blaine and Miles with my bee beard.
A “Go Fund Me” link will be available on our website
Beekeeping demonstrations will follow at 2:00, spitting hives, making nucs, running multi queen hives, commercial queen rearing, small scale OTS queen rearing presentation. A hands on grafting tent will be open at 2-4
I will provide a hands on demonstration of my Ezyloader at 3:00 after the beekeeping demonstrations
Activities to follow at 4 to end off the day, light the smoker contest.
Silent auction and in kind donations at the gate towards the Barry Fingler fund
All are welcome, bring your veil, a lawn chair and get ready to submerse yourself into everything bees!
Directions can be found at www.stepplerfarms.com/Contacts.html
Building nucs and planting queen cells. Terrific queens raising terrific nests. Our attention towards queen quality, supplement and disease control pays off when that extra frame of brood is skimmed off these nests.
Three years into our breeding program and I think we see seeing progress on our chalkbrood infection. Nice weather also helps minimize symptoms, But I feel my breeding efforts are making great strides. I am fully implementing our bio security program. It’s not just pests and disease, it’s the compounding problems that follow the different strains.
The South Central Beekeepers’ Association have invited Brad Hogg and Bev Clark to speak on queen rearing. Brad will speak on a non grafting method to develop queen cells called OTS. Bev will bring his lifetime of experience with commercial queen production. I’m looking forward to the QandA afterwards.
The meeting will be held in the Morden Library meeting room (back door), 7:30-9, Tuesday June 5th.
For those interested in joining, like our Facebook page and come attend our monthly meetings. We are a small group of beekeepers which range from hobby, sideline to commercial operations. We meet the first Tuesday of each month to CHAT BEES! All are welcome 👍
The Manitoba Government has announced a cost sharing program to address a wide variety of activities and strategic investments. They have identified the honey bee industry as a priority and they have provided a program focused directly towards honey bee hive health management practices. I have a disease surveillance and monitoring program already in place, which I have recently updated with this program. I will be applying for funding under this program to help offset some of these costs. Below is a link to a PFD document of my surveillance and monitoring program. This is just one example on how one beekeeper is utilizing a funding program directed towards our honey bee health issues. Take a look, let me know what you think,. Consider applying for funding under the same program. If we don’t acknowledge and use the services provided, we will be forgotten the next time around.