New prac­ti­cal re­source ready for bee­keep­ers

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - News -

BEE­KEEP­ERS can get prac­ti­cal in­for­ma­tion on har­vest­ing and ex­tract­ing honey with a new pub­li­ca­tion, pro­duced by NSW Depart­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries (DPI) To­cal Col­lege, launched at the NSW Api­arists’ As­so­ci­a­tion Conference last week.

DPI Tech­ni­cal Spe­cial­ist Honey Bees and co-au­thor Dr Doug Somerville said the guide, Honey har­vest­ing and ex­tract­ing, in­formed bee­keep­ers of the best man­age­ment prac­tices to har­vest and ex­tract honey to en­sure they got the high­est qual­ity prod­uct.

“This prac­ti­cal guide will as­sist bee­keep­ers whether they are small-scale re­cre­ational or com­mer­cial op­er­a­tors,” Dr Somerville said.

“Im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion on the best way to han­dle honey, in­clud­ing food qual­ity, food safety and com­pli­ance with leg­is­la­tion are cov­ered in the guide.

“Bee­keep­ers are ad­vised of the best way to re­move honey from the hive so that it re­tains its nat­u­ral good­ness and the high­est qual­ity prod­uct is PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED pro­duced.

“With care, honey can be re­moved with min­i­mal or no con­tam­i­na­tion.”

Dr Somerville said the guide out­lined the best prac­tice for trans­port­ing honey from the hive to the ex­tract­ing fa­cil­ity, and in­cluded the key prin­ci­ples for the de­sign, con­struc­tion and clean­li­ness of the premises.

The book is avail­able in hard copy, on­line or mail or­der from To­cal Col­lege www.to­cal.nsw.edu.au or as an ebook you can ac­cess through iTunes.

SWEET READ: Bill Win­ner, Capi­lano bee­keeper ser­vices man­ager, and Doug Somerville, DPI tech­ni­cal spe­cial­ist honey bees, with their new re­source.

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