May 2002

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Mailing Address: PO Box R838, Royal Exchange NSW 1225 Facsimile: 02 9247 1192
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ABN 63 939 614 424

AB’s Honey Koonoomoo Apiaries
Australian Rain Forest Honey R & E McDonald
Australian Honey Bee Improvement Programme PB & CM McPherson
IJ & PA Oakley
Australian Queen Bee Exporters RC & DJ Phillips Pty Ltd
Australian Sungold Queen Bees Pollination Association of WA
Harold Ayton Queen-Bee-Ann Apiaries
Beeline Queens R. Stephens
Bradbury, GN and DJ Swan Settlers
Bush Honey Superbee Honey Factory
Capilano Honey Limited Stephen Targett
CE Mills Tasmanian Crop Pollination Association
Chiltern Honey Tasmanian Honey Company
Coopers Fine Foods T & M Weatherhead
Crop Pollination Association Inc Walkabout Apiaries
Dewar Apiaries Warral Apiaries
HL Hoskinson Weerona Apiaries
Hunter Valley Apiaries Wescobee Limited

AHBIC acknowledges the beekeeper suppliers who contribute via their packer and queen bee supplier to AHBIC. We also urge beekeepers to support those packers/queen bee breeders who contribute to AHBIC.

Does your honey buyer’s or queen bee supplier’s name appear on this list?
If not, then ask ‘why not?’

Food for Thought at FoodPro 2002

The co-location of two of the Asia Pacific’s most important events for the food processing industry will see between 8,000 and 9,000 members of Australia’s largest manufacturing industry come together in Sydney in July.

FoodPro 2002, the Australian International Food Processing Exhibition will be held at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre from 21-24 July. FoodPro is the most significant and commercially influential event for the Asia Pacific food processing industry.

At the same time, the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology Inc will hold its 35th Annual AIFST Convention, also at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre. The Department of Agriculture Fisheries & Forestry – Australia is the principal sponsor of the event, and the Hon Warren Truss MP will officially open the convention. With a significant international and local speaker list, the Convention provides an update on the latest food science research from around the world.

FoodPro organisers, dmg world media, expect FoodPro to attract an international audience of more than 8,000 people from 30 countries and all parts of Australia. When last held in 1999, FoodPro attendance figures indicated the event had achieved an extraordinary level of market penetration, capturing an estimated 80% of the available target audience in Australia.

Since it was last held in 1999, FoodPro has increased in size and number of exhibitors. More than 180 exhibitors will this year cover three halls of Darling Harbour’s exhibition centre, with the latest technology and services for food processing, food packaging and handling, operations and ingredients. Companies exhibiting have come from all parts of Australia and from New Zealand, Japan, the United States and Iceland.

The timing of FoodPro 2002 coincides with the government’s planned implementation in July of its National Food Industry Strategy (NFIS), announced last year. The five year, $102.4 million strategy aims to sustain the competitiveness and profitability of the $50 billion industry that employs 163,000 people.

The industry is currently facing a number of challenges including changing consumer demands, concern for the environment, trade liberalisation, e-commerce and emerging global supply chains.

“FoodPro 2002 is a chance for the food processing industry to come together, to see the latest technology on offer from around the world, which will help increase productivity and ensure sustainability of this important industry,” said FoodPro exhibition manager, Peter Petherick.

“There has never been a more vital time to visit FoodPro than in 2002. The exhibition includes a large component of new products, some developed in Australia and others from overseas,” Mr Petherick said.
FoodPro 2002 will be held from Sunday to Wednesday, 21-24 July, 2002 at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre. Exhibition hours are: Sunday 11am – 6pm, Monday and Tuesday 9am – 6pm and Wednesday 9am – 3pm. For further information visit the FoodPro website:, email: or contact Peter Petherick, FoodPro Exhibition Manager, dmg world media on 03-8420 5402.

South Australian Apiarists' Association Inc.

Field Day South Australia
Sunday 23rd June 2002 At Murray Bridge Race Course
From 10.00am to 3.30pm

Official opening by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries
Hon Paul Holloway MLC, at 1.00pm

New Beekeeping Supplies for Sale (SA Beekeeping Supplies)
2 New Mobile Extracting Plants with J Bee Extractors Installed on Display
Forklifts, Boom Loaders & Super Lifters
Beekeeper’s Boilers, Hot water & Steam (Spitwater Michael Hooper)
Presser Washers & Wet Vacuum Cleaners
J Bee Manufacturing (John & Jenyce Bowland)
Beequip (Peter Cash)
Latest Extracting Plants & Equipment
Fire fighting Equipment (J&J Cunninghams)
Bee Water & Carry Tanks "
CBC Bearings & Equipment "
Power Generators for Mobile Plants "
Extracting Plant Disinfectants "
Wood Working Machinery (Chris Self)
Information For Beginners in Beekeeping
P.I.R.S.A. Bee Diseases, Displays & Information
Vetlab Services
Trucks 4x4 and Conventional
Honey Drum Transporter 5’ x 8’ Trailer conversion
Honey Drum Fillers
Hive Pallet Designs
Pollination Association Display & Information
Staple Guns, Staples & Nails (LM Nails)
Wine Tasting & Purchasing (Willow Point Wines)
Wesfarmers Federation Insurance
Bee Food Patties For supplementary Feeding
Kangaroo Island Ligurian Bee & Product Display
Paint Manufacturers
Gas Burners & Wax Dipping Plants
Workshop Tools & Equipment
Escape Boards & Blowers
Wax Reclaiming Melters
Gadget Displays
Mundulla Yellows Display
Amateur Beekeeping Display
SAAA Display & Honey Tasting Competition
G.P.S. Two Way Radios and Phones (Electric Bug)

This field day is for You! If you have ideas or interests that aren't
covered in this program, the organisers are open to suggestions.

Contact for further Information Ian or Ross Zadow
Ph & Fax 87562742 Mobile 0429433125 Email
Barry Pobke 08 85723813 Fax 08 85723811 Mobile 0428 950296 Email


The AHBIC Annual General Meeting and Conference will be held on 15th and 16th July 2002 in Perth at the Inter City Motel, 249-263 Great Eastern Highway, Belmont. This is to be followed by an AHBIC Executive Meeting on Wednesday 17th July 2002. Details of accommodation arrangements are as follows:

Venue: Inter City Motel 249-263 Great Eastern Highway
Belmont WA 6104
Telephone: 08 9478 0888
Facsimile: 08 9478 0800
Reservations: 1800 888 081 (Toll free)

Room Rates: From $85.00 per room per night

Delegates should make their own travel and accommodation bookings direct and delegates are provided with this information early so that they can obtain the best airfares.



Nationally Co-ordinated Stock Standstill Workshop

I attended a workshop, conducted by Animal Health Australia (AHA), on the above on 15-16 May, 2002. This would come into effect if there was an exotic disease discovered in Australia such as foot and mouth disease (FMD).

This would apply to areas outside the State or Territory in which the disease was found. From a beekeeping aspect, the only way I could see that beekeepers could get caught up is if they had a vehicle on a property that had susceptible animals e.g. cattle, sheep pigs or goats, when the standstill was declared.

The draft was agreed to with some amendments and I will be getting a copy for perusal soon.

Exotic Animal Disease Preparedness Training

New South Wales have now competed their State based training at Tocal. Our thanks to Bruce White for his efforts in getting the program together. If my memory serves me correctly this only leaves Western Australia to go.

Access to the USA

I called in on Pat Boland at Canberra, whilst I was there for the workshop, and unfortunately it seems that the USA access is still to be resolved. He had a note from our Embassy in Washington saying that the USA hoped to have something in place in three (3) months. This despite us being told previously that we would have something in place by now.

Drone semen import risk analysis

Pat Boland informs me that he should have the draft out for comment by July.

Trevor Weatherhead

Crop Forecast and Stock Position - Queensland

Queensland desperately needs good general rains to ensure an average season.

The Channel Country remains very dry with reports indicating that hives that were shifted in early have suffered from heat and a lack of pollen, the result being hive populations have collapsed. Hives moved in since ANZAC day have also suffered some drop in population, though not to the extent of the early arrivals. With the dry conditions and virtually no ground flora to work for pollen there is little chance of the colonies rebuilding their strength before winter. The obvious result will be little or no honey from those hives. Yapunyah has started to yield with the onset of cold nights with reports of some surpluses already being taken. Reports also indicate that hives are being heavily fed pollen supplements in a bid to maintain strength. A fall of 50mm of rain would certainly improve the prospects for the Yapunyah crop this year.

Spotted Gum bees are breeding but it is not a good general budding this year. Inland Ironbark species such as Narrow Leaved Ironbark and Blue Top are carrying bud but again it comes back to a lack of rain to ensure a crop.

Coastal areas have had regular small falls of rain. There are no current honey flows on the coast. Trees look good and in many cases bees are holding up nicely.

With reports of dry seeding of Canola and drought conditions in southern NSW QLD beekeepers will be hoping for improved conditions through the winter months.

The stock on hand situation is unchanged due to the poor crop.

Bill Winner

Crop Report – Tasmania

Nothing further to report from April as little rain has fallen. Bees are going into winter in good condition.

Shirley Stephens

Crop Report – New South Wales

There is little change from the last report. Napunyah in the west and north of the channel country is yielding honey. This is about the only prospect before spring.

Dry conditions still remain in most districts west of the ranges with good rain needed.

Honey is still in very short supply with honey coming in from overseas. The price is still on the rise with prices in the south of the state reaching $3.00 per kg in some cases.

Eddie Podmore

Crop Report – South Australia

The long dry spell continued until general rains fell on 18/19 May; hopefully it could be a break in the season. Some of the following reports were received before those dates.

West Coast - (Upper) E.diversifolia beginning to flower and produce a small quantity of nectar, however it remains dry and some rain would improve the likelihood of honey from this source.
(Lower) Nothing happening. E.diversifolia just flowering, needs rain, should be ready for bees in June.

Northern - (Upper) Still waiting for opening rain to generate ground flora for spring build up.
(Lower). Patchy peppermint flowering, some pollen and nectar yield.

Kangaroo Island - Sugar gum has finished - it started and ended a month later than usual. Cup gum (E.cosmophyla) is flowering but is patchy. Coastal mallee (E.diversifolia) is budded and looks promising for spring. Pink gum (E.fasiculosa) is budded but is patchy. Banksia ornata has some prospects for winter.

South East - Good rains over the weekend have enabled park site holders to shift the remainder of their bees onto their sites, a dribble of honey is starting to come in. The banksia is well cobbed in some areas and hopefully after this rain will yield well and build up bees for almond pollination.

Central - Blue gum and manna gum flowering in the hills but it is too cold and wet to be useful. Most bees are on winter sites.

Kay Lambert

Crop Report – Western Australia

White Gum has been average this year with a many beekeepers choosing to go north and work this flow. Some beekeepers remained in the southern areas and worked the small pockets of Karri and Bullich. The Banksia looks very good at the moment with a good start to the season with the rain coming early. The bees are gathering plenty of nectar on the warm sunny days we are having. White flower ( L conosiephioides )(L oldfieldii), grows with the Banksia and is the best it has been for the past 5 years with another 6 to 8 weeks flowering to go. Beekeepers should go into the spring this year a lot better than last.

Coastal Parrot Bush and Trificata looks ok and, with the early start, the Salvation Jane is up and growing very well and should flower 2/3 weeks sooner than last year. With record planting of canola predicted for this year, beekeepers may choose to shift onto this for a quick build up of bees.

Stephen Fewster

Crop Report – Victoria

As reported last month, there will be no significant production of honey in Victoria until next spring and then only if conditions are favourable during the late winter and through the spring. After a long warm autumn with temperatures above average, winter has suddenly arrived with cold showery weather across the state. A general ground soaking rain has yet to arrive, but the little we have received has been welcome. This week, the first heavy snow has arrived in the north east and most peaks above 1,500 metres recorded about one metre of snow cover. It is now too cold for any further germination of Patersons’ curse to add to that which struck earlier and has hung on until now.

In the back of everybody’s mind is whether the El Nino phenomenon will again threaten seasonal prospects next season. According to a leading climate forecaster, the Australian Climate Variability in Agriculture Program, there is now a 60% chance Australia will experience an El Nino this season. This phenomenon, a warming of the waters of the eastern and central Pacific Ocean, changes weather patterns throughout Australia and parts of the Americas. Past El Ninos have coincided with Australia’s worst droughts over the past century. Next Season’s prospects can be more reliably assessed towards the end of this winter.

Linton Briggs