What is the national honey levy?

honey in jar

The National Honey Levy is a compulsory levy established in 1962 at the request of the Australian honey bee industry. Honey that is produced in Australia and sold, exported or used in the production of other goods attracts a levy and export charge. The government collects the levy on behalf …
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The queen is dead. Long live the queen.

A queen bee being fed by a worker

The queen is the most important individual in a honey bee colony. Having young, quality queens is an easy way for beekeepers to maximise their hive populations and get the most out of available nectar flows.
Queens should be replaced every 1-2 years and more frequently if the colony is aggressive …
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Barrier management systems

barrier management

The Australian Honey Bee Industry Biosecurity Code of Practice recommends the implementation of a barrier system that divides the apiary into one or more isolated sub-units and restricts movement of hives and hive components between these sub-units. 
The use of a barrier management system will reduce the risk of spreading pests …
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Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC)


The Australian Honey Bee Industry Council (AHBIC) vision is a sustainable and profitable Australian honey bee industry providing food security and market opportunities. AHBIC’s mission is to represent the best interest of the Australian beekeeping industry through advocacy and the prioritizing of research, development and education.

Video: In this video, Peter McDonald, …
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Almond pollination: hive management


Every year in August over 200,000 bee colonies are taken to New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia to pollinate more than 30,000 hectares (Almond Board of Australia 2017-18 Almond Insights) of almond trees.
Honey bee pollen foragers perform most pollination of almonds. To increase the number of pollen foragers brood …
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Hive management: Autumn & winter

bee hives

Hive management in autumn is critical to ensuring your hives survive winter. Disease and colony management is best performed in autumn rather than in winter.
Perform a pre-winter inspection in late April or early May on a warm sunny day:

Ensure that all colonies have a laying queen
Colonies without a queen …
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Wax moth

wax moth

There are two species of wax moth in Australia. These are the greater wax moth Galleria mellonella and the lesser wax moth Achroia grisella. Both can cause significant damage. Wax moth is primarily a concern for stored combs, but may also be a problem for weak colonies.
Adult wax moths are …
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Pests and diseases – Small hive beetle

small hive beetle adult

Summer brings warmth, hopefully rain, flowers and with luck; lots of honey bee activity. Unfortunately for beekeepers in many areas of Australia it also means lots of Small Hive Beetle (SHB) activity.
The life cycle of SHB involves adult beetles moving into hives where they will feed on hive debris, pollen …
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Apiary sites on public lands

The Australian beekeeping industry depends on access to apiary sites on both private and public land. Private land sites are up to the beekeeper to find and organise with private landholders, whereas public land is available in all states and territories save for the Australian Capital Territory. Each state and …
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