New practical resource ready for beekeepers
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.