Directions: (From Regina) Take Highway #11 toward Saskatoon, turn left (west) on #734 (Deer Valley sign). #734 will turn north after 8 km, stay on #734. #734 will turn west after another 3.2 km, stay on #734. #734 will turn north after 1.6 km, keep going west, do not follow #734. Go another 1.6 km west (straight), turn left (south). Go 800 m, turn right (west). Continue aproximately 200 m after 2nd 3-way stop, turn left into golf course parking lot.
REGISTRATION Applying for membership allows you entry into the AGM, and allows you....to order bees, entry into courses, event discounts, access to updates and news, access to experienced beekeepers, mentor program, drawn comb program, bulk order program, extractor & refractometer rental, etc.
PLEASE RSVP by Friday March 4/2016 by
or phone (306 761-1771) so we can confirm numbers. We would like to guage how many are coming so we can make a great AGM. Late arrivals still welcome.
What to expect:
lunch is included with your membership fee. Guests of a member can buy an additional lunch @ $15.
meet other beekeepers and find out what works and doesn't work
informative, educational presentations
buy items from Beemaid
sign up for nuc orders
sign up for the Beginning Beekeeping Course (late May or June). We are also considering adding another introduction to beekeeping course on April 23, 2016. More details about these courses will be available at the AGM
Modern beekeeping requires beekeepers to keep track of a lot of information to meet current regulations for bee biosecurity and food safety. One of the challenges they face is sorting through extensive documents that they are sometimes overwhelming and confusing. The Canadian Beekeepers’ Practical Handbook to Bee Biosecurity and Food Safetyis a new tool to help beekeepers keep track of the information needed to meet current regulations. It is available on the Canadian Honey Council (CHC) website (http://www.honeycouncil.ca on the left hand panel under “Beekeepers’ Handbook).
Two essential recent documents which all beekeepers should read are the Honey Bee Producer Guide to the National Bee Farm-Level Biosecurity Standard (i.e. the Bee Biosecurity Standard), and the Canadian Bee Industry Safety Quality Traceability Producer Manual - Good Production Practices (i.e., CBISQT). They are important resources which extensively outline biosecurity and food safety requirements for Canada’s beekeeping industry. Although valuable, both are information dense and can be difficult to negotiate. The Handbook helps to overcome these difficulties by providing beekeepers with:
a reference source to the Bee Biosecurity Standard and CBISQT,
tools to help beekeepers to meet biosecurity and food safety protocols, and
tools to help new inexperienced beekeepers achieve required standards.
The Handbook is a collection record keeping templates that are each accompanied by a general information page which lists the target user, frequency of use, reasons why the information is useful to maintain, general comments about the table and also references to the Bee Biosecurity Standard and CBISQT. Those references make it easy to locate where to look in those documents for the more detailed, essential information. There are 34 stand-alone templates in this handbook. This may seem like a daunting amount of record keeping, but some of these records are used very rarely (e.g., for product recall), once a year (e.g., facility inspections), or never (e.g., beekeepers who do not have pollination contracts will not need the template concerning moving bees for pollination contracts
The Handbook is designed to be customized by beekeepers to meet the needs of their individual operations and record keeping preference. From the CHC website the Handbook can be downloaded as a PDF or Word file. Each template is also individually available in Excel spreadsheets or as a Word table.
Many large commercial beekeepers already maintain bio secure and food safe operations. These beekeepers may find this handbook is mainly useful as a reference guide to the biosecurity and food safety documents. They may benefit by reviewing the handbook to determine if there are any minor alterations to their record keeping practices. As well, it may help those operators communicate with inexperienced beekeepers about what is required to run biosecure and food safe operations.
Less experienced operators and new beekeepers will benefit from this Handbook because it will help them to negotiate through the various types of records which need to be kept. All beekeepers need to run food safe and bio secure operations, no matter how many colonies are run. In particular, if there is a lapse in bee biosecurity neighbouring beekeeping operations can be impacted because bees may interact if they are within flight distance.).
These records are important for biosecurity and food safety, but also offer the additional benefit of helping beekeepers run more efficient, and thereby, profitable operations. They are an organizational tool to help beekeepers be aware of their bees’ needs, know what is going on within their operation, schedule tasks effectively, communicate with staff and inspectors, as well as customers, reduce confusion and redundancy. Lapses in any one of those aspects of beekeeping can lead to loss of time and money, as well as increased frustration and ultimately poorer beekeeping.
If there are any questions or comments about the Handbook please contact Svenja at
. Download the pdf direct from the CHC site
The RDBC would like to send its condolences out to the family of Jens Hansen. A long standing member of our club, Jens Hansen passed away Friday January 29, 2016. Jens served as a director on the RDBC board for two years and volunteered countless hours at the Agri-Ed booth. He was very knowledgeable about bees and was a good teacher. Click here for Jens' obituary
Date: Saturday October 3, 2015 Time: 4:00-8:00 pm Where: Community Hall, St. Joseph's Cost: $5/person
Come out for a relaxing and low-key event with lots of time to visit other members and ask your questions or discuss the honey year. We will have an open forum to lead some group discussions followed by a potluck supper. The club will supply a ham.
Directions: Travel east from Regina on Highway #1, turn right at St. Joseph's (8 km past Balgonie), take first left and then follow road into town. Hall is on your right.
Our RDBC Field Day will be held on Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 1:00 - 4:00 at Hamilton Apiaries. (Directions below) The topic will be harvesting honey and will include equipment needed, evacuating the bees from honey supers and the extraction process. Cost is $5.00 per person and drinks and snacks will be provided. Come on out and learn everything you have ever wanted to know about pulling honey and extraction!
Directions: drive 9.6 km (6 miles) north of Regina on Highway 6. Turn right (east) on to #734. Drive 3.2 km (2 miles) and turn left (north). Drive 2 km (1.25 miles) and turn into the driveway on the left. The driveway Y's, go straight and skip the first turn.
The Saskatchewan Beekeepers' Association and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture are pleased to offer the third biennial Queen Rearing Course, held in the Prince Albert area. Instructors include Saskatchewan's Provincial Specialist in Apiculture Geoff Wilson and the Saskatchewan Beekeepers Association’s Technical Adaptation Team. Come and enjoy this one day course which enables participants to experience both theory and practical field experience.
Workshop lessons include:
Queen and Drone Biology
Honey Bee Genetics & Breeding/ Stock Selection
Methods of Queen Rearing/Protocol for Rearing Queens
Preparing Cell Builders
Queen Cell and Mated Queen Care/Transportation and Introduction
Grafting/ Preparation of Cell Bars
Dates: May 29, 2015 Location: Prince Albert area Price: $175.00 Registration: click here Contact: For more information please contact Jessica Morris at: 306-262-3322 *****
The Regina Bee Club, along with the Saskatchewan Beekeepers' Association, are pleased to offer the 4th Annual - 2 day Beginning beekeepers course. . Come and enjoy this two day course which enables participants to experience both theory and practical field experience. Instructors include the Saskatchewan Beekeepers’ Association Technical Adaptation Team and experienced beekeepers from the Regina Bee & District Bee Club. Every one of all experience levels are welcome.
Currently (subject to change): Refunds will be issued minus a $25 administration fee up until this date as well. A charge of $25 will be applied to NSF cheques. Please note that this workshop is limited to a maximum of 30 participants. Please bring a bee hat and veil, a bee suit and proper footwear, there will be hands-on instruction in the bee yard. Note: Please contact Jessica Morris if you need a bee hat and veil.
Contacts: Mail registration and fee to: Saskatchewan Beekeepers Association, ATTN: Pam Yule, Box 249, Big River, SK, S0J 0E0 306-314-9571
Other inquiries – Jessica Morris 306-262-3322
In an effort to minimise the shipping costs members have to pay on orders from Beemaid the RDBC board has made arrangements for bulk orders to be shipped to Regina.
If you want to participate in a bulk order this is the process:
RDBC member contacts John Sochaski with Beemaid in Tisdale and submits order with the request to be included in the monthly RDBC bulk order, the member will pay for the order at this time
each months order must be submitted no later than the 25th of that month
orders will be assembled and weighed by John and should arrive by the 30th of each month
Once arrived in Regina the order will be picked up by Linda Kletchko for distribution from her place
Participants of the months bulk order are contacted and must make arrangements to pick up their order within a week
When a member arrives to pickup their order they will be charged their portion of the shipping based on weight (payable to the Regina Bee Club)
There is no guarantee that each month there will be multiple participants and therefore cheaper shipping. The shipping will be based on a flat rate with an added fuel surcharge. The club will pay for the shipping when the order comes in and will retain any orders that are not picked up on time or that shipping is not paid for. The percentage of shipping a member pays is based on weight, so if there is one order that is 100 Ib's and an order that is 5 Ib's the heavier order will pay more. You must pay your portion of the shipping at pickup before you will receive your order.
This arrangement has the advantage of lowering an individuals overall shipping cost (no matter the shipping method). The disadvantage to the arrangement is that an order placed at the beginning of the month would not arrive to the end of the month.
RDBC bulk monthly orders will operate from March 30 to September 30.
Many new beekeepers start out by purchasing a hive or a nuc, and then build all the remaining equipment they need. A problem arises with this process. New frames containing foundation require the comb to be drawn out (built). This is the case for both wax and plastic foundation. The issue is that the bees really have no interest in moving up into a super that contains nine frames of foundation.
In order to coax the bees up into the new super of foundation you need to alternate frames with every second frame being one which has already been drawn out. For new beekeepers the problem is where do you get that drawn comb from?
The Regina & District Bee Club has a small stock of drawn comb which we offer to new members to help them get started. The program works like this:
a new member brings two brand new supers with nine brand new frames each (foundation included) to a designated board member
the new member receives one of their supers back filled with 9 frames of one year old drawn out light comb
the new member can then make two supers of alternating comb and foundation to be applied to their hive(s)
the designated board member then gets the new frames drawn out in preparation for next year
the designated board member receives one super of foundation from the club for every two supers of foundation they get drawn out
It is important for members to know that bees require around 10Ib's of feed for every pound of wax they produce, so it is important to make sure they have an adequate food supply when trying to draw out comb.
The RDBC will maintain a supply of between 10 & 20 supers of drawn out comb
Excess equipment may be sold to members at current market value as determined by the board or may be raffled off at club events
New members who have purchased nucs will be given preference
Supplies may be limited from one year to another so equipment is available on a first come first serve basis
Anyone responsible for getting comb drawn out must be inspected by the provincial specialist in apiculture