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Lisburn, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland



Bad honey year for Dromore Beekeepers

Ben Harden NDA, NDB from Arklow who will be the guest speaker at the September meeting of Dromore Beekeepers' Association.

DROMORE Beekeepers' Association will be holding its annual Honey show on Saturday September 1 in the Orr Memorial Hall, Hillsborough in conjunction with the Hillsborough Horticultural Society Autumn Flower Show.

The recent poor weather has seen a poor year for local beekeepers. The good April weather gave bees a flying start in 2007 with some delicious spring honey. Unfortunately when the main summer plants like Clover and Blackberry were flowering it rained and this will lead to a scarcity of local honey this year.

In preparation for the annual show, the August meeting of the Association took the form of a 'Mock Honey show'. This event, which was held on Tuesday has proved useful and enjoyable in previous years and has led to many more members exhibiting in September. The Monthly meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month from August in Dromore High School, (entrance round the back on the Dromore side). The September meeting (18th), will be the AGM when Ben Harden from Arklow will conduct the election of office bearers and speak on 'The Practice of Varroa Management and Control.

The public will be admitted to the annual show on September 1 at 2pm. However, beekeepers wishing to exhibit should obtain a schedule from Madeline McMullan, the show secretary on telephone 9263 8675.

Ulster Star