MPSBA Meeting Minutes February 13, 202 (draft)

Feb 12, 2020 Draft Minutes
Board present: Rob Key

  • meeting opened at 6:35pm
  • 21 people in attendance
  • Rob is currently looking in to speakers for 2020 but nothing is booked yet
  • introduction / updates – some beekeepers already seeing losses this winter – others all is good
  • Rob recommended “Skep beekeeping in the Heathland” youtube video for anyone interested in how skeps are/were used for beekeeping
  • hoping to have the summer bee tour in late June or early July, in Bracebridge or Gravenhurst preferably – if anyone is interested in hosting please talk to Rob 
  • Rob is concerned about biosecurity and thinks that we should probably just visit one bee yard on each trip and be careful to clean our boots / gear when we get home
  • Stanley won the 50/50 but donated the money back to the club – $80 total
  • adjourned around 8pm

Stefan Board’s Passing

Stefan Board passed away on Wednesday December 4.  

Many of our members knew Stefan as a fellow beekeeper, teacher and friend. He will be truly missed.

Memorial visitation will be Friday, December 13, 6-9pm at the Paul Funeral Home in Powassan, with a celebration of life Saturday, December 14 at 2pm at the same location.

Also on Saturday December 14, there will be a gathering at the Restoule Community Centre from 4-6pm.

You can get further information at or by calling Paul Funeral Home at 705 724 2024.

2019 Conference – Beekeeping Locally & Abroad: Issues, Challenges & Hope

Rob Key, John Genorio, and Craig Nakamoto attended the 2019 COBA (Central Ontario Beekeepers Association) conference this weekend in Lindsay, ON.

There were three excellent speakers from Ontario and three speakers from abroad (Italy, Belgium, and Slovenia) who agreed to stay on from their visit to Apimondia in Montreal last week.

This was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity and it was fascinating to learn more about beekeeping in other countries and about the most recent research.

They all gave fantastic talks and we also joined Janko Bozic for his workshop on AZ hives at a nearby beeyard.

If you are interested about what we learned, feel free to ask any of us! We will give an overview at the next meeting.

MPSBA Meeting Minutes April 10, 2019 (NOT APPROVED)

Muskoka Parry Sound Beekeepers Meeting April 10, Raymond Hall, 6:30

Rob welcomed the members, especially new ones and reminded everyone about the email list that is available on line. If you are not receiving info please let us know.
We did a go around. Everyone in attendance introduced themselves and gave an update of the state of their bee yard. Overall, everyone did very well.

The minutes from last month were approved. Moved by Mark Speller and 2 nd by Joe Boehm. Rob gave an overview of the meeting in Parry Sound re. Foul Brood and getting the approval with veterinarian Peter Jones. Rob provided the form that members could take and fill out. Members were reminded that they could go to any vet for the medication to deal with Foul Brood. Also we were encouraged to check out the Powassan Beekeepers Website too. Paula White also provided info re. another vet and Rob Key will put that on the website. Sid Aldridge also had a name for members and these will also be posted on our website.

Rob shared an activity calendar of what we should be doing with our hives and when. This was set up by Claude Defoe, and it can be downloaded from our website too. Rob also had hard copies.

Malcolm Fraser expressed his concerns to the group about the odors from Bounce laundry sheets and their harmful potential to the health of honey bees. No suggestions were offered but perhaps more research needs to be done to see if any work has been done in this area.

New member, Michelle Wolfson wondered about what flowers were out providing pollen for the bees. Snowdrops in our area seemed to be the main one observed.

Rob introduced Tom Nolan from Apiary Products Ltd. who provided a presentation of the new products from NOD (Natures Own Design), a company that started up because they wanted to provide something to deal with varroa mites. Formic Acid was the chosen product for the mites at that time. Tom gave us an overview of the history of their company. It is a family run company which services a global market, and is available in 22 countries. Flagship product is Mite Away Quick Strips. Check out their website for the variety of products available.

Tom provided 2 videos that are available on their website for us to view. These videos concentrated on how Varroa Mites affect the bee colonies. The video showed how mites sucked the blood of the larva and multiply throughout the hive. New research suggest that they feed on fat bodies. Tom outlined how the Mite Away products worked and the improvements they have made to this product to date. Formic Pro is the new product to improve a more stable product with
longer life and not temperature sensitive although the application temperature remains the same. The first 3 days are the most critical with respect to temperature and slow release of vapors if using these products. The month of May is the recommended time to use this application when temperatures are consistently warm. 10 degrees is the temps we want to shoot for on a regular basis.

Tom suggested we check out Randy Oliver online who is a bee researcher and commercial beekeeper. This is helpful site to read about the effects of formic acid on the queen since that is a common concern expressed by beekeepers.

The treatment options for the 2 products were outlined, and why these options are important to consider for the size and health of your colony. Also bottom screen boards are not recommended during treatment. Remember its the brood that you want to be treated. Minimum of 6 frames of brood is necessary for using each of these products and do not feed bees during the use of these products. Video #2 was on the Formic Pro application procedure. Treatment can lead to initial brood and bee loss, especially of the youngest uncapped brood. Brood break of 3 days is normal.

Bee cozies were also discussed and the advantages of winter protection. The issue really is dealing with the condensation and moisture control. Whatever wrap you use, don’t take it off too soon.

Tom took questions from the floor. The members were very appreciative of this informative presentation.

We closed with doing our 50/50 draw and Mark Speller was the lucky winner!

We adjourned for the night. Roland Lalonde moved and it was seconded by John Genorio.

Next Meeting is May 8, 2019.

Access to antibiotics session April 8 at Canadore

Dr. Peter Jones is happy to work with beekeepers to access antibiotics for AFB.

We have set up a session, April 8th, 6:30 to 7:30, at Canadore College, 1 College Drive.

Interested beekeepers must bring 1) Complete VCPR form (attached) and 2) 2019 Beekeeper Certificate.


1)      If beekeepers can’t make this session, they are free to call his office

2)      Beekeepers do not have to call Dr. Jones, they can contact any veterinarian they wish. More information here:

MPSBA Meeting Minutes Mar 13, 2019 (NOT APPROVED)

Muskoka Parry Sound Beekeepers

March 13, 2019, Raymond Hall 6:30

31 in attendance.

Thanks Rob for making up the coffee, thanks Pam D. for the tea and thanks to those who brought the cookies and donuts.
Introductions all around.
Rob distributed MPS Beekeeper business cards to everyone – for us to pass out to interested folks.
Craig Nakamoto is running our website – It has a list of our
upcoming meetings and some good links to useful beekeeping info. Hopefully we will have access to our meeting minutes and also a group email list for all our members.

Jane – treasurer’s report.
Deposits are mostly from membership and 50/50 draw.
Expenses in 2018 – sponsoring fall fairs
-OBA fees

Cathy Crowder’s gift
-Tech transfer team donation
Rob moved, Jane seconded– move that we join the OBA again. Passed
Spring Nucs
Scott Ferrier still has nucs for sale
Marlo in Port Loring has nucs as well.
Bee yard registration – is mandatory with OMAFRA. Rob has forms to fill out. Registering your bee yard is free and is a good idea. It helps keep track of bee diseases and helps prevent their spread to neighbouring bee yards.
Bee Candy recipe – Jane brought a few copies of a recipe for bee candy and handed them out.
Speaker tonight is Kelsey Duscharm from Tech Transfer
She talked about the new rules concerning access to Antibiotics.
This is a quick overview of Kelsey’s presentation:

Speaker tonight is Kelsey Duscharm from Tech Transfer
She talked about the new rules concerning access to Antibiotics.
This is a quick overview of Kelsey’s presentation:

American Foulbrood AFB

-bacteria caused
-spores can remain on equipment indefinitely
-larva ingest spores and die
-spread by robbing and drifting to other hives
-diagnosis- with rope test – match stick, stringy to 1 inch.
-no cure
-all hives must be burned

European Foulbrood EFB

-bacteria caused-not as widespread or serious as AFB
-no spores,
-dies before capped over, twisted larva adheres to cell.

Treatment for AFB and EFB
Oxytet 25or Oxysol treatment Spring and Fall
4 g Oxytet with 35 g icing sugar
-apply 32 g per colony, 3 times at 4 to 5 day intervals
-stop treating 4 weeks before main honey flow
Tylan 100 Soluble (tylosin)
Fall only
Only for Oxytet resistance
If AFB is found, then hives must be burned, remaining hives that are not infected must be treated with oxytet, requeen with hygienic stock,
If EFB is found, burn all frames, treating the hives with Oxytet
National Biosecurity Standards

  1. first line of defense is Keep disease/pests out
  2. shut it down as soon as found
  3. purchase bees from reliable sources, only from inspected by OMAFRA and a permit.
    Inspect new bees for pests. Buy new equipment, never buy old frames.
  4. Swarms – are a huge biosecurity risk. Put in a separate yard, monitor often for
    5.Scorch hive tools between yards, do no use hive tools from another yard. Use disposable
    6.Cull old brood frames regularly to reduce spores and chemical residues

Background on the Legislation that is causing the change in antibiotic access for beekeepers:
WHO decided in 2000 to reduce antibiotic use in livestock because of the fear of a risk of antimicrobial resistance in diseases that affect humans. Most at risk are infants, elderly and those with compromised immune systems
Oxytet is part of the Tetracycline drugs, therefore an antibiotic. We now will have to purchase this from a Vet. In order for this to happen there musts be a Vet/Client
(beekeeper) relationship.
Vet Client Patient Relationship:

  • confirm registration of the beekeeper
    -number of colonies
    -confirm the production management practices of the beekeeper
    -confirm the standard operating procedure for use in a disease requiring an antimicrobial drug
    Dispensing of Antimicrobial Products
    There is still some uncertainty in dispensing of the antimicrobials.
    -bee and farm stores might be able to still sell
  • online

-vet clinics
Thanks Kelsey for your presentation. Several members were going to check in with our local vets to see about making it easier to set up our Oxytet purchases. We will let you know when we get some confirmations.

50/50 $35 prize – Joe Boehm wins– who donated $30. back. Thanks Joe.

Joe B., Peter I. move to close meeting. Passed 8:10 pm