Monthly Archives: March 2018

March 26 2018

Last week was a complete write off. Five days in bed with a bitch of a flue. I felt like I was being hit with a 5 pound hammer all over my body for 5 days… thank goodness I did not have to move bees out last week!!

March 15 2018

I attended the Red River Apiarist Association monthly meeting held this evening. They hold a meeting every second Tuesday, 7:30 Elmwood Legion 920 Nairn ave. Winnipeg Manitoba.
They FILLED the basement of the Legion Hall!! I was impressed by the organization of the meeting. It was a nice mix of mingling and practical beekeeping presentations. Tonight they had Veterinarian Jennifer Demare out from Sommerset Manitoba, “Why Bees Need Vets Too!” The feedback from this type of crowd is a presenter’s dream. I will be attending as often as possible!👍

March 14 2018

Today I sat as a panelist for the University of Manitoba Agriculture Diploma oral presentations. I helped challenge eight presentations from a broad range of farming operations. I am a grad of ‘99 so I can appreciate that hot seat. Paying my time back now, helps demonstrate the importance I place on this Ag Dip program

March 11 2018 – 2

We at Steppler Farms would like to thank all the buyers and bidders that helped make this years bull sale a huge success. We are truly honoured to be able to put our genetics into your programs.

Thanks to LEJ Charolais for purchasing our high seller – Lot 15 – Steppler 100 Proof 193E, $20,000.

83 bulls averaged $6,631

March 10 2018

I sit as a director on the Deerwood Soil and Water Management Association. Funded from all levels of government, Deerwood projects study conventional and modern agricultural practices in order to measure how each differently impacts water quality.
Yesterday was our AGM, themed,
OUR CHANGING LANDSCAPE
I did a presentation from a beekeeper’s perspective to add another layer to the conversation.
Part of what I have to offer the Manitoba Beekeepers Association is bringing a conservation minded grain farm perspective to our Beekeeping conversations.
A common comments made by farmers are; “most people are out of touch with agriculture”. I totally agree, but I will also take that one step further. Most farmers are out of touch with OTHER areas of agriculture…not a popular comment. As I see it, year after year as farms get extremely specialized, blinders go up and perspective is lost.
That rub between grain farmers and beekeepers. Need I say more…
Right now there is a tremendous amount of RnD investment that is going into Agriculture, except Beekeeping. We have been lost, maybe taken for granted within this entire agricultural equation. Except this might be changing. Agri Chemical has finally turned their attention towards Beekeeping. Not from profit driven motivation, but rather sustainablity (guilty conscience lol).
Agree with me or not, we as beekeepers need to embrace this attention. Instead of acting as mules for environmental lobby groups who are not interested in finding us ACTUAL ANSWERS, we as beekeepers need to work with this Agri Chemical RnD investment and translate those $$$ into something WE can actually use to improve the situation within our hives.
I truly believe Agri Chemical has an obligation to beekeepers. What they have brought to farmers (clean fields) they have stripped from nature and beekeepers (weeds equil natural food). There is a responsibility on their efforts to include beekeeping and nature itself into their equation. Farmers need to be aware but economics will never allow them to respond.
Agri Chemical is responding! Attention has been directed, investment IS flowing, high tech research is currently under works, and I as a beekeeper have welcomed this shift in attitude and I’m embracing it. The hell with big Environment, our attention needs to sit with the ones who developed the RnD of agronomy. Beekeepers need to be there at the table as a reminder that Beekeeping as a part of nature is relavent to our agronomic equation. We need loosen off our blinders so that we can remove theirs.

March 6 2018

Silver medal, Lori ! Slalom All Female, Manitoba Winter Games, Mystery Mountain Thompson Manitoba

“In the slalom, Lori Steppler, 15, of Miami, Manitoba captured today’s silver medal. Steppler had a rough day of skiing yesterday, but today was a different story.

‘Honestly, I was impressed with my skiing, I didn’t think that I was going to be getting second. I am so proud of myself. Yesterday, I didn’t do so great …. I had a bunch of crashes. I don’t even know how many wipeouts I had yesterday, maybe three or four, but the dual slalom is one of my favourite races so I can’t be disappointed’.

As she skied off to explore Mystery Mountain Winter Park for some free ski time, she boasted that Mystery Mountain is an amazing hill, and it reminded of her of skiing in the mountains.”

Manitoba Winter Games

March 4 2018

Talking bees! I’ve found a good mix of strategy helps retain interest for a good half hour. First I talk about the importance of the honey bee accompanied with slide pictures, then I tell them stories within the hive. The story of the queen, the story of the workers, then the story of the drone. The story of the drone typically gets the kids laughing and chuckling 🙂. Then I get into hands on demonstrations which include showing a hive, explain why we use a smoker and I get a kid to dress up as a beekeeper. Then I end off with a interactive demonstration on “the bee dance”. By the end I typically have the entire class a buzz with energy as we forage for skittles. Lots of fun!