Tom Hussey will be holding his ever popular beginners course over 8 weeks in Portlaoise. 

Venue :Teagasc Training Centre, Mountmellick Road, Portlaoise
Enrollment evening: Tuesday 22nd January 2019 @7.30 pm
First class: on same evening 22nd January 2019 @8.00 pm
Fee : €100 (include cost of Bee Manual (The complete guide to keeping bees by Claire and Adrian Waring )
Duration: 8 weeks followed by 3 Practical demonstrations in the APIARY from mid APRIL to early May (Probably all on Saturdays)


Course Content:

Types of BEES. Honey bees, why keep bees?
How does the colony work?
The individual bee.
Different type of bees.
Role of honeybees in fruit and plant pollination
Equipment: choosing a hive,Frames and foundation, assembling hives and frames.
Choosing an apiary site.
Protective clothing, Smokers, hive tools and record cards.
Swarming, why it takes place and ways to try and manage for a favourable outcome.
Hive types including housings,frames,wax and the assembly of same
Management of bees including winter and spring feeding and treatment to prevent diseases.

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