July 20 2019

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**ATTENTION MANITOBA BEEKEEPERS**

We need a little bit of your time to fill out a survey help us develop and deliver a Tech Transfer Program to Manitoba Beekeepers.

Rheal Lafreniere, Daryl Wright and Les Eccles have put together a Survey which has been sent to all beekeepers across Manitoba. The purpose of this survey is to gather information to determine the importance of a Tech Transfer Program to Manitoba beekeeping industry and to determine the priorities for the projects and services to which it would be most valuable to beekeepers.

A Manitoba Tech Transfer Program can focus it’s projects and services into any area which we feel is important to our Beekeeping industry. Projects and Services that a Tech Transfer Program can offer are as follows:

-Education and Training – New, Intermediate, Experienced/Advanced Workshops
-Research Priorities- focused on any type of applied research project at the beekeeper level, geared to help decipher research from abroad and translate it into actual tangible tools beekeepers can use to help manage our colonies
-Provide Industry Services – Pest and Disease Monitoring, Resistance tracking, Bee Breading Testing,
-Provide a channel of communication with other industry stakeholders – a program designed to reach out, represent and collaborate with the MBA, CHC, MB commercial/sideline/hobby beekeepers, MB Provincial Apiarist, Agricultural Industry Associations, MB Ministry of Agriculture, U of M, out of Province Academic Institutions, Federal beekeeping stakeholders, other provincial Associations and Tech Transfer Programs,

This survey has been emailed out. Please take the time and provide input into this important initiative. Our beekeeping industry needs support. This Tech Transfer Program will be designed to provide the technical, research and program based support services needed by Manitoba beekeepers. This is a program geared for Manitoba beekeepers, directed by Manitoba beekeepers, to directly benefit Manitoba beekeepers.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to any director or directly to our Secretary, Daryl Wright. Contact info can be found at www.manitobabee.org

July 5 2019

Sitting in a gazebo on the water front at lake of the woods watching my kids pull in countless jack off the dock this evening. Getting away is such an important thing. Decomposing, family time, being lazy, swimming, outdoor wilderness, water craft fun, fishing… I’m enjoying our time away. Enjoy the video,
Cheers!

June 16 2019

A Manitoba video edit request from the Canadian Honey Council for The 46th Apimondia International Apicultural Congress, Montréal Canada, September 8-12 2019. I had originally put together 10 min which I edited down to 5, but I was told, NO! 30-40 seconds! Lol
1:11 min edit was the best I could do 🙂👍

June 5 2019

We probably went 3-4 days longer with the graft than needed but I wanted to make for sure that I have enough cells to finish off the split. Problems happen. We are so late with the split this year. Most beekeepers tell me they are all caught up with their work already, I’m not. I don’t feel behind but when I look at the calendar I definitely am. The thing is though, I’m right in step with natures pace. If I consider my timing along side nature, then I’m right on time of not ahead! I try my hardest not to beekeep by the calendar but sometimes practicality rules the day. Tomorrow the last of the splits will be pulled off, then straight into queen checks on Monday!

June 1 2019

The nice weather has finally came and everything is making up for lost time. Dandelions, fruit trees, berries all are in brilliant full bloom which has provided the abundance for my hives to feast on. The hives are just going through another major hatch which instantly fill these boxes with bees. The more bees, the more workers, the more resource that is brought into the hives. These hives have gone from on the verge of hungry to nearly plugged out. It’s my job to ensure the hives have enough space to continue growing and to manage the hive’s population to avoid swarming. I have instantly fallen behind but thanks to my excellent work staff most all of my need to do jobs are done as I focus on the immediate need to split the hives.
My goal is to take the wealth while it’s here and we are putting in the long hours to take it all!! 👍

May 20 2019

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In the bees and in the field. Using the day the best way we can. Cold windy weather continues to frustrate but it forces us to make the best of the good days that come! It’s been a cold spring but the bees are in great shape and that’s all that matters 👍
As I type this, I’m sitting at one of my boys ball games. I’m too busy to be here but at the end of the day, it’s the ice cream that matters 🙂