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'The one-stop shop in WA for all things bees’

WA Beekeeping Conference Returns in April

Registrations are now open for recreational and commercial beekeepers to attend the annual Bee Industry Council of WA (BICWA) Conference.

The event is billed as ‘the one-stop shop for all things bees’ in Western Australia.

The conference includes a full day of information and experiences for the 4000 recreational beekeepers across the state.

Suitable for people with backyard beehives to those with a few on rural properties, the program is jam-packed with presentations relating to hive management, pests and diseases, extracting honey, and what to do with beeswax and other products.

There is an update from the Department of Primary Industries, Research & Development that will touch on Western Australia’s strong biosecurity program and frontline workers will report on lessons learnt from the east coast Varroa mite incursion.

Other practical information like hive designs, food supplements, honey extraction and the replacement of queens will be covered.

There are also light-hearted panel sessions where beekeepers share a wealth of knowledge and tips gleaned from their experiences.

A highlight of the conference is Jess Locarnini, one of Australia’s first honey sommeliers.

Whilst Jess is from Melbourne, she has presented information on honey flavour profiles all over the world.

This is a unique opportunity to hear about how to describe the way that honeys have subtle differences in taste and aroma and to learn the language of honey!

This is sure to be a popular segment, and booking tickets to Saturday’s conference early is recommended. There will be limited seats available for Jess’s presentation.

Commercial and medium-sized apiarists are encouraged to attend day one of the conference.

There will be a Better Business panel featuring honey retailers, Industry Better Bees update, hive tracking equipment, the new AFB vaccine and sensor, Anaphylaxis Epipen information and the influence of climate change on flowers.

The conference is on Friday and Saturday 28 & 29 April at the Claremont Showgrounds.

For more information on the program and to book tickets, visit:


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