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  • 1 Dec 2022 9:27 AM | Andrew Wootton (Administrator)

    The conference and AGM will be held 5 – 7 July 2023 at the All Seasons Resort, 171/183 McIvor Hwy, Strathdale (Bendigo)

  • 25 Oct 2022 5:07 PM | Andrew Wootton (Administrator)

    This new service is available to help find someone to assist with swarm collection.   See here.

  • 21 Oct 2022 9:03 PM | Andrew Wootton (Administrator)

    The VAA has secured 100 of this sold out coin from the Royal Australian Mint, celebrating 200 years since the introduction of the European honey bee .  Purchase (one per member) from the online store here.

  • 3 Oct 2022 2:35 PM | Andrew Wootton (Administrator)

    The 2022 Melbourne Royal Show has now finished and "bumped out".  highlight photos from the VAA stand are here.

  • 27 Sep 2022 12:05 PM | Andrew Wootton (Administrator)

    Varroa mite eradication shifts to removal of wild European honey bees.  Download 27/9/22 newsletter here.

  • 22 Sep 2022 4:42 PM | Andrew Wootton (Administrator)

    The September 2022 edition is here.

  • 17 Sep 2022 3:36 PM | Andrew Wootton (Administrator)
    • Dedicated sessions for those with no or less than 12months experience with bees.
    • Bee Biosecurity - Pests & Diseases including Varroa Mite.
    • Demonstrations of Varroa Mite checks with kits donated by Redpath's Beekeeping Supplies.
    • Spring Management - colony assessment, signs of swarming and prevention methods and swarm collection.
    • Advanced colony assessment - looking at and understanding the whole hive, nutrition, queen performance, brood disease, seasonal impacts and how these dynamics interact.
    • Queens, queen assessment.
    • Supplementary feeding.
    • Honey Production.
    • Redpath's Beekeeping Supplies stall onsite - Pre-orders welcome.
    • Relaxed atmosphere, no experience needed, good food, good company and beautiful weather!

  • 17 Sep 2022 10:19 AM | Andrew Wootton (Administrator)

    The 41st Annual Field Day will be on Sunday 9th Oct at Harcourt Recreation Reserve. for details.

    Speakers Include:
    Martin Drake - Honey packing regulations Association.
    David Briggs - Breeding queens.
    Dr Mark Goodwin - NZ Varroa Management.
    Trevor Monson - Bees for Almond Pollinationtion.

    The Smoker Competition

    Free AFB testing on your bee sample (freeze them overnight at least)

    Traders to visit and sell you things!

    See the full details here

  • 15 Sep 2022 2:36 PM | Andrew Wootton (Administrator)
    The latest edition is available to members here.  Along with an archive of past journals, it can also be accessed from the Members menu tab.

    The Australian Bee Journal publishes articles dealing with all aspects of beekeeping and encourages contributions from a wide variety of beekeepers.

    Articles should be submitted to the editor of the journal via email at or via post to PO Box 42 Newstead, VIC 3462

  • 15 Sep 2022 2:31 PM | Andrew Wootton (Administrator)

    In June 2022, Varroa destructor, a parasite of European honey bees, was detected in surveillance hives at the Port of Newcastle (NSW).

    At the beginning of September 2022, 99 premises in NSW have had bees infested with varroa mite. The location of these premises range from Sydney up to the Hunter Valley region, one property in north-west NSW and one on the north coast near Coffs Harbour.

    The NSW Department of Primary Industries has euthanised more than 4000 hives as part of this important eradication program.

    The number of infested premises has plateaued at 99. This is because newly infested hives have been in close proximity to or linked to known infested hives. 

    The current situation in the NSW response is available here

    The VAA are attending decision making meetings with the Victorian biosecurity teams and other state and national bodies.

    Braula fly in Victoria

    Braula fly is a small species of wingless fly that lives in honeybee colonies and looks similar to Varroa mite when viewed with the naked eye. Found during the Varroa response, three detections have been reported in Victoria.

    While Braula fly is not considered to be a serious threat to commercial beekeeping or honey production, it does impact on honeycomb quality, and is a domestic trade pest.

    Braula fly is a notifiable honey bee pest across all states and territories of mainland Australia, with beekeepers required to report the detection or suspicion of this pest to government authorities.

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