Crystallization Firstly, crystallized honey is not spoiled or of inferior quality. Why does honey crystallize? Honey is a super-saturated solution of two sugars – glucose and fructose and as such, it is a natural process that some of the sugar will separate from the solution. Honey can even crystallize in the comb. The proportion of […]

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Strange as it may seem, honey direct from the hive needs to be treated carefully to ensure it will keep well. Honey is composed primarily of sugars and water and will degrade over time if it is not completely capped at harvest time. Uncapped honey will still have too high a percentage of moisture to […]

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Although the Sherriff beesuits are manufactured from a lightweight Poly cotton (and this is what makes them so comfortable to wear) the protection value has not been compromised! The material is tight weave and has a smooth finish that makes it difficult for bees to grip. See the video below of the removal of a […]

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If you have this condition you could not be a beekeeper. Melissophobia is the unreasonable fear of bees. As with any phobia condition this can be treated. Usually by being gradually exposed to the fear so you feel less anxious about it. This is generally known as desensitization or exposure therapy. The guy who sat […]

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Honey Hunting in Africa:  Try this adrenalin rush in the African Jungle. A 40 metre climb to get your honey supplies without OSH approval or protective clothing and smoker.   See this video from Africa. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REZzieyHm7c

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There has been a lot of negative reaction to the idea of an industry levy. This money would be invested in areas such as Bee health, biosecurity, education, best beekeeping practice, sustainability, and market access issues. All these areas can do with more  input. There is no doubt that the industry has issues with hive […]

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We hear a lot in the media about the effect of neonicotinoids on insects and bees in particular. A couple of weeks ago I listened to a talk given by Phil Lester from Victoria University, what he said was enlightening to me. There is no doubt that neonicotinoids are powerful! (up to 20 x that […]

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