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Bees-Knees Leaders

Barry

Barry's love for bees and beekeeping started early in the 1960's when his father, who had previously kept bees, was asked to remove a swarm of bees.  This swarm was the beginning of a lifelong passion for bees with Barry and his brother starting a beekeeping business. 

Barry later sold his half of the business to his brother and studied to become an engineer.  The passion for bees and beekeeping never left Barry while he crafted his skills and trade as an Industrial and Manufacturing engineer. He built a successful engineering business spanning a career of 40 years until he sold the business.

Barry's skills as an avid beekeeper and fascination for bees and their world, particularly, their intricate social and communal ability to work together, ingenuity to construct honeycomb, making wax and collecting nectar to make honey remained at the forefront of Barry's specialist skills and trade as an engineer allowing him to be creative and innovatively think outside the box.

After selling his engineering business, Barry's "buzz" for bees and beekeeping was reignited again when Barry purchased his first box of bees in November 2015.  Barry has since outgrown his first box of bees and now manages 60 hives, continuing to expand the hives as head beekeeper.

As head beekeeper, in managing the hives and bees, Barry remains at the forefront of beekeeping management striving to challenge and create innovative management in beekeeping as well as educating the wider community.

Michelle

The passion for bees and beekeeping has also brushed off Barry and onto Michelle. The bond between Barry and Michelle as father and daughter has always been special and through that special bonding, Michelle's love for bees and honey started.

After 20 years as a Legal Secretary and typist including juggling family life of being Mum for her two young children, Michelle loves the creative freedom in marketing new ideas and products for the business and the interaction with her customers and clients about all things bees and honey.

Michelle’s creative flare and multitasking puts her at the forefront of sales, marketing and being the spokesperson and face of the business to customers and clients.  Michelle takes great pride in sharing her beekeeping knowledge about bees and honey that she acquires when beekeeping with Barry.

A Sustainable Future

Beekeeping provides a sustainable future to the problem of a world shortage of pollinating insects impacting on food security for our planet.

Our vision for sustainable beekeeping has three primary objectives:

  1. Educating the wider community on the benefits of bees and beekeeping.
  2. As bee diseases increase, the need for better management of bee hives for honey production becomes more crucial. Healthier bees and hives will ensure the maximum amount of honey available can be captured.
  3. Designing and building more innovative and specialist beekeeping machinery and equipment to lighten the load for beekeepers and encouraging more beekeepers into the future.  A full hive of honey can weigh as much as 30 kilograms which can create workplace health and safety hazards.

Through our vision, we want to encourage better hive management and reduce the impact of bee diseases; design and build innovative machinery and equipment; and educate the wider community on the benefits of bees and beekeeping in creating a sustainable future.

Beekeeping is very rewarding but requires commitment, dedication, knowledge and patience.  If you share our vision and drive to build a sustainable future through beekeeping and bees, please contact us at sales@apiaries8.com.

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If the bee disappears from the surface of the earth, man would have no more than 4 years to live.
— Albert Einstein

No Bees, No Food: The Potential Implications for Australian Food Security

11 JUNE 2014, www.futuredirections.org.au

Global bee populations are at risk from varying climactic disruptions. Up to 30 per cent of south-eastern Australia’s bee population, for example, were wiped out due to an intensified drought in the region last summer. In the Northern Hemisphere, however, winter conditions have been responsible for bee declines.

The cumulative effect of persistent drought, the possibility of invasion by the destructive vorreamite (sic) and contact with insecticides, has the potential to spark “colony collapse disorder” (CCD) among worker bees in Australian hives. CCD was responsible for the collapse of approximately one-quarter of all honeybee hives in the United States over the winter of 2013-14.

Honeybees are integral to Australian agriculture; pollination from bees is required for nearly two-thirds of Australian food production. Common fruit tree crops, such as apples and avocadoes, and seed crops such as canola, are particularly reliant on wild honeybee pollination.

The potential effects of dying bee populations on canola crops is concerning. Canola is not only used as an oil crop for consumption, but as a valuable rotational crop, allowing wheat farmers to maximise yields and improve soil sustainability. Australia’s vital wheat industry could be significantly affected if Australia’s bee population cannot sustain itself in the face of current threats.

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