The OBA’s Spring Meeting is set to bring you the best, most timely learning and networking just as the 2018 beekeeping season begins.
Honey Producers Day takes place on Thursday. This year there is no Honey House Tour. Instead, we’re offering simultaneous presentations that focus on honey bee health and on mead, timed to allow you to flow easily between sessions, depending on your interest. We’ve also added more content, including two keynote (and top-of-mind) presentations by Dr. Pierre Giovenazzo from Université Laval. His first is on Selection of Varroa Sensitive Hygiene Behaviour in Honey Bees; his second on Sustaining Honey Bee Health with Probiotics.
You’ll also learn about:
– Ontario’s Healing Honey
– The opportunities and challenges of Making & Marketing Mead
– How to get ready this year for new Antibiotic requirements
– Infrared Imaging for Winter Inspections
– Essential practices for beekeepers
– Best practices for transporting your bees
– U of G’s ambitious new plans for the Honey Bee Research Centre
– Honey labelling – always a sticky issue!
Friday’s program is aimed at anyone interested in bee breeding. Learn more about constructing Queen cell incubators, overwintering Queen banks, and infrared monitoring. You’ll also find out the latest on bee breeding from the ORHBS program – Ontario’s own breeding program – and BeeOmics, the national honey bee genome project.
Bring your shopping list and meet with vendors right onsite. And plan to connect or reconnect with old friends and colleagues, while building your industry network.
We’re back at Blue Mountain due to popular demand, based on an exceptional experience in 2016. We can’t promise snow, alas. But we can promise you a memorable and content-rich experience at one of Ontario’s best-known winter resorts.
The spring meeting registration form is attached.
See you there!