General husbandry training

I’ve paid for some general husbandry training for 2017. It’s two days of theory and a day in the apiary. It’ll be really fun I’m sure!

The syllabus is here and it’s all fairly straight forward.

They want you have to have been keeping bees for fives years before taking it. I started beekeeping in July 2012. So next year will be my 5th year. I think I’ll apply the year after though, as I haven’t done any queen rearing yet and I’d like to be having a go at it on my own before having it looked at!

I’m once again looking at module 7!

The Assessment

 Will be made by two Assessors who have been appointed by the Examinations Board. Sometimes a trainee Assessor or Board member may be present as an observer but their presence will have no influence on the outcome.

 Is oral and practical in nature and will be in three sections (not necessarily in this order). (a) Practical manipulations with your bees.

(b) Inspection of your equipment, honey products, processing equipment and samples etc.

(c) A short question and answer session during which any topic in the General Husbandry Assessment Syllabus may be discussed.

 Is designed to show that your management of your colonies is aimed at producing a strong healthy force of foraging bees for the expected honey flows and that the resultant crop is processed for consumption in a hygienic manner with due regard to legal requirements concerning production, extraction, bottling and labelling.

 Requires compliance with notifiable diseases or pests current in the U.K. Legislation, and also with honey regulations, food regulations and labelling regulations as they apply to bee products.


Queen Rearing
The Candidate will be required to:
3.1 Demonstrate marking and clipping a queen, or use a drone as a substitute if appropriate;

3.2 Demonstrate a method of queen rearing. The reasons for selecting a particular queen as breeding material are required.

3.3 Review the age of existing queens and plans for their replacement. Describe how replacement of queens is carried out;

3.4 Describe the procedures used up to the time of the assessment in the queen rearing method demonstrated and explain what has yet to be done. Describe what is intended for the queens that have successfully mated. Describe the procedure that will be adopted to introduce queens into a colony;

3.5 Describe the advantages of marking and clipping queens;

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