North Coast busy bees win shield
AT PRESENT, there is a large public focus on the Honey Bee and many enthusiasts are taking up beekeeping either as a hobby or income generator. Others want to help ensure the survival of the honey bee so vital to our food chain.
While there are many hardworking commercial beekeepers throughout the state, there are also amateur beekeepers many of whom are members of the NSW Amateur Beekeeping Association (ABA) approximately 700 in number.
There are at present 13 branches of the ABA around the state two of which are on the North Coast, the Mid North Coast (MNCABA) based around Coffs and the Northern Rivers (NRABA), each with 50 to 60 members and growing.
The ABA holds an annual beekeeping competition in conjunction with the AGM. The Col Pulling Shield recognizes the branch producing the best products and showing the best management practice for that year and is presented with the shield. This shield has remained on the North Coast for the last 3 years, NRABA in 2014 and MNCABA in 2013 and 2015.
For the second time in three years the Mid North Coast Amateur Beekeeping Club, based on the Coffs Coast, has won the Colonel Pulling Competition.
This competition is state wide with six of the 13 clubs around the state competing for the annual trophy shield.
Frank and Faye Karabaic with Phil Jury travelled to Parramatta on the weekend of May 4-5 and were victorious bringing home the trophy to the Coffs Coast.
Each year the competition is held in conjunction with the NSW Amateur Beekeeping Association's Annual (ABA) General Meeting. Six of the thirteen member clubs attending the AGM entered the competition this year. The purpose of the competition is to test the skills and knowledge within each club with the aim of raising the standard and care of beekeeping. Bees are important to our food supply and it is vital that we manage and protect them from disease and harmful pests.
Anyone interested in beekeeping and wishing find out more can phone Mal on 6649 0990 or Peter on 6649 2009.