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The Bee Book -

Honey Bee Secrets Revealed:
Beekeeping in South Africa

The Bee Book Affectionately called...

"The Blue Book" R360 a copy*

*excl. postage

The well-renowned source of all things beekeeping. There are great photographs, descriptions on hive management, diseases and pests, floral types and grades and more.

Welcome 2017!

It is specifically tailored towards the South African beekeeping industry. The bee book covers the local bee families and thus provides an excellent perpsective on management, projection and harvesting honey.

Often termed the Blue Book, Beekeeping in South Africa, is an The Blue Book: Beekeeping in South Africainvaluable title for beginners and professionals alike. Over 288 pages that cover every aspect of beekeeping in South Africa.

What does "Beekeeping in South Africa" cover:

As a table of contents, see below the different topics covered within the blue book.

  1. Beekeeping history
  2. Biodiversity of bees
  3. Life History of the honey bee colony
  4. Honey Bee Activities and behaviour
  5. Honeybee Production
  6. Beginning beekeeping
  7. Apiary site
  8. Hive Equipment
  9. Top Bar Hive Beekeeping
  10. General Management
  11. Specialised Management
  12. Queen Rearing
  13. Bee Nutrition & Supplemental Feeding
  14. South African Nectar and Pollen Flor
  15. Honey Characteristics & Uses
  16. Handling the Honey crop
  17. Honey Processing
  18. Beeswax
  19. Other Products of the hive
  20. Diseases and Pests of honeybees
  21. Poisoning of honeybees
  22. Crop pollination
  23. Beekeeping legislation
  24. Beekeeping organisations

One of the many useful and extremely vital pieces of bee info provided by the Blue book is that of pollination. As the editor is actually a specialist in plant research, M. J. Johannesmeier has included vast amounts of nectar tables and nectar rankings for all kinds of different plants, trees and shrubs.

The best part of the pollination section is the table providing the break down of crops that are farmed in South Africa along with detailed information about the land area used under that crop as well as the flowering period and the amount of bee hives recommended per hectare when in pollination. The bee book provides recorded results when bees have been used to pollinate a crop on how affective their use is by measuring increase of crop yield.

The bee book goes on to then consider the different trees, shrubs and plants that are bee friendly, the nectar and pollen rating and the region these flora would be prevalent. This is invaluable for any beekeeper as you should record the flora in your area and then create an idea of the strength of the nectar flow and pollen rating of your area around the apiary!

The blue book goes on to describe more! You will also get the flowering time of year and a rating of nectar and pollen for each plant. Rated from 1 - 4 with 4 being the strongest flow you can draw a picture of exactly how strong your nectar sources are and therefore how much honey you should expect to harvest from your bees!

"It's probably the best book ever written on beekeeping and its for South Africa and by a South African!" Hans Blokker of SABIO management.

 

R360 plus R110 postage

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One can find a lot of books on beekeeping. This bee book is suited for the South African audience as much as it focuses on the Apis Mellifera Scutellata species which is prevalent in the Highveld. I would recommend anyone wanting to farm bees should purchase a copy of this bee book anywhere in the world. Most of the information can also be applied to Apis Mellifera Capensis as it resides, more or less, south of Bloemfontein.

We suggest you take a basic course in beekeeping and couple it with a copy of this professionally compiled and presented book. You will also need to consider equipping yourself with the items listed below:

[Bee Gloves] [Bee suits] [Hive Tools] [Hives*] [Smokers] [Blue book*]


Got the Handbook?

Start with a beekeeping course. Then get a copy of the bee book of beekeeping in South Africa. Then all you need is the equipment and some bees with a suitable place to keep them.

Both hobbyist and professional beekeepers will find the bee book enhances their operation. Many topics are covered and well described and explained. There a number of colour photographs and diagrams with great detail. There is a wealth of information covered in its 288 pages, cover-to-cover.

We suggest the bee book should be mandatory for every Beekeeper to purchase when they register with SABIO.



What do they cost ?

For a fully assembled Langstroth hive ( no queen excluder) R900 each

Langstroth bee hive

Brood frames with wax foundation sheets and wire

Feeders for wintering or during dearth periods

Place your order for 'THE' book on beekeeping also known as the Blue Book titled Beekeeping in South Africa. Click on order for more info.

 

Queen Excluder - aluminium type from R85 each

Super frames with wax foundation and wire

Wax foundation sheets

Wax foundation sheets - Brood frames R26 per sheet

Get the equipment. Essential equipment is available from our office in Midrand. Hives, hive tool, protective clothing & smoker make up the need-to-have list. Click here

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