This Thursday the Beaufort Beekeepers invite all Kerry Beekeepers Associations to join the first Kerry Beekeepers Gathering.

It takes place in the Beaufort Bar, at 8pm.

This is the first such event including all the Beekeeper Associations in Kerry and a crowd of approx. 70 people expected to attend.

The idea came from Beaufort Beekeepers Association Chairperson Ulrich Schraewer.

The evening is under the motto: ‘Show and Tell’

Show and Tell 1: Roll your own foundation
Speaker: Tom O’Sullivan (Collis Sandes Beekeepers, Tralee)
Tom is beekeeping since 1977. For the past couple of years, he makes his own foundation. He says: ”It is too simple, not to do it!.” All his foundation is wire free and it works best for him. Why? – Ask him on the night.

Show and Tell 2: A brood and a half
Speaker: Donal Kelleher (Dunmanway & District Beekeepers)
Donal is a beekeeper with the past decade. He will give a brief presentation on brood and a half and increasing the stock of bees for the honey flow. Do you raise your own queens? If yes, Donal has some tips for you on raising queens.

Show and Tell 3: The CDB hive and its benefits
Speaker: John (Tuddy) Clifford (Beaufort Beekeepers)
Tuddy is a beekeeper for over 35 years. He builds his own hives for the same length of time and his CDB hives are ideally suited for our Irish weather. Get practical hive building tips on the night.

Show and Tell 4: Wire up foundations
Speaker: Folkert Vechtmann (Beaufort Beekeepers)
Folkert is from Germany but certainly no blow in anymore. He brings a different way of Beekeeping to the table. In Germany it is common to stud, wire and melt foundations into your frames. Folkert will demonstrate this.

Each Show and Tell session is 15-20 min followed by a QA session.
Stay on for tea/coffee and chat afterwards.