The June meeting will be hosted by Dale Marsden in his apiary near McFarland. Dale has been keeping bees and selling honey in southern Wisconsin for over 50 years and selling honey at the Dane County Farmers’ Market for the last 35 of those years. Topics will include relevant discussion on June hive management; along with a focus on Dale's expertise on raising queens and producing comb honey. This is a great opportunity to learn from one of Dane County's most experienced beekeepers!
Springtime Hive Management--Swarm Prevention and Splitting
by Dan Curran and Jeanne Hansen
May's monthly meeting will cover tips to prevent your hive from swarming as well as one method for splitting your hive. By this time, most of the packages/nucs should be installed and the hives will be increasing their populations in preparation for the summer honey flow. Resources are abundant in May, and strong hives must be managed properly in order to prevent self-propagation--the Swarm!
Beginners that have just started their first hives are welcome to bring any questions that they may have for the rest of the group. Introductions/discussion will precede the presentation, this is a great time to ask for help from the group!
We will finally vote on our officers for this year.
A special guest from the WHPA Southern District, Wally Brown will present the four seasons of a beekeepers calendar. He will answer the When, What and Why of keeping bees throughout the year.
NOTE: We are meeting in room 240, not in our typical room.
Agenda includes: DCBA Officer Elections
Annual Planning for a Sustainable Beeyard
There will be extensive time for questions and answers. Facilitated by Paul Oliphant
Remember the changes with parking in the parking structure next to the Steenbock library. Most stalls require a permit for parking. The 2 hr metered stalls are on the upper levels. Free parking in Lots 39 & 40 after 4:40pm on weeknights.