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IBBA  The Irish Buckfast Beekeepers’ Association  is affiliated to the Federation of European Buckfast Beekeepers’ Associations (GdeB)

events 2014

1st National Meeting of Buckfast Beekeepers in Ireland .

The Irish Branch of the European Buckfast Beekeepers invites you to
A Lecture by Gilbert Bast including a Demonstration of the Use of the Equipment required
The New Improved State of 'Moonlight Mating'
The lecture will take place at the first meeting of Buckfast beekeepers in Ireland (Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland).
Beepark Centre, New Line, Manorhamilton, County Leitrim, Rep. of Ireland

Saturday, 12th April 2014
Beginning of Lecture: 15.00pm, followed by a discussion round with questions and answers
This is an opportunity to meet and get to know Buckfast beekeepers from our own and a wider area and, upon necessity, to form subgroups.

Gilbert Bast is one of the best known Buckfast breeders in Europe. His lecture will be about Gilbert's new version of the so-called 'moonlight mating' as practiced before by Joe Horner, a commercial bee breeder, New South Wales, Australia. Our Guest speaker started to use this method six years ago at his mating apiaries and has successfully modified the Joe Horner method in the last three years while still maintaining the underlying principle of CFTM = 'Controlled Flight Time Mating'. The original procedure was extremely time consuming and expensive. The same effect can now be achieved with much less effort. The cold storage building with a specific interior that had been an essential component is now no longer required.
The method is particularly suitable for beekeepers/breeders, who have to be aware of drones of other strains present in their mating area.
A controlled mating can be achieved at your home apiary (you do not have to have access to an isolated area or even an island) by using the right equipment and the appropriate procedure. It is also not necessary to keep a large number of colonies in order to flood the area with your drones.

Please contact us if you would like to participate. We have thought of a fee of 10.00 Euro for members of the IBBA and 15.00 Euro for non-members. 

Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Please, do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

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