Pests

  • One bee

    Updated bee biosecurity course free for all Australian beekeepers

    16/07/2020 – 9:42 am If you’re an Australian hobby beekeeper with less than 50 hives, you can now access the Biosecurity for Beekeepers online training course for free. Previously, the course was only free for commercial beekeepers who had 50 or more hives with hobby beekeepers having to pay a small fee. Making the course freely available to all […] Read more
  • Almond pollination preparation 2020

    14/05/2020 – 9:45 am The 2020 almond pollination season is not far away. The Agriculture Victoria apiary team reminds beekeepers planning to provide pollination services that it is vital to adequately prepare hives so that they are healthy and strong to work in the orchards. Australian Honey Bee Industry Biosecurity Code of Practice (‘the Code’) Almond pollination season provides […] Read more
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    Eyes in the apiary: external mite surveillance

    17/04/2020 – 11:47 am Current world events have highlighted the level of management required for preventative biosecurity and, even more so, the difficulty of tracing and eradication once an incursion breaches the border. They have also illustrated the importance of an individual’s actions. When it comes to bee biosecurity, all beekeepers need to be vigilant to support the early […] Read more
  • It’s Sugar Shake Month!

    03/04/2020 – 8:58 am April is Sugar Shake Month, a joint initiative between NSW DPI, Amateur Beekeepers Association NSW, NSW Apiarists Association and the National Bee Biosecurity Program to promote awareness and surveillance for exotic bee mites in Australia. During April, all beekeepers are encouraged to perform a sugar shake test and submit their results to the NSW DPI. […] Read more
  • Victorian Bee Biosecurity Officer update

    17/03/2020 – 2:44 pm At the end of 2019 and beginning of 2020, Victorian Bee Biosecurity Officer Ally Driessen focused on bee biosecurity and disease and pest risk mitigation through: Supporting beekeepers who have notified the department about pests, diseases and bee deaths. These are mostly cases of suspected American Foulbrood (AFB) and chalkbrood. Supporting councils (through the Apiary […] Read more