Moy Valley Bees provides services and resources to the  beekeeping community of the West of Ireland and local honey to markets along Mayo's Moy River.   Use our site to request the purchase of Native Irish Bee queens and nucs & honey in sections and jars, and learn how we can help you become a better beekeeper, whether you are just starting out or you have years of experience!   Here's a selection of our recent activities......
  • Spring Management Begins We did some cursory inspections on 28th March, and found that queens were laying well in most cases.  The only exceptions were a few of last years queens were beginning to fail. It was as if they had laid an initial round of brood, but after that, completely stopped laying, to such a degree that we found laying workers had just started in a few colonies.  it would appear, from reading online forums, that queen failure of this nature is a slight problem this year. We chose to cull the queens, move the nucs/colonies to a new site, and after a week in the new location, placed beside a chosen hive to be strengthened, the brood (if present) was ...
    Posted Apr 11, 2019, 2:26 PM by Helen Mooney
  • Time and Tide waits for no one We are very relieved at this week's weather forecast for milder weather.  The river Moy, behind these colonies, has burst its banks in many places and I had to take a much longer route to get to these colonies.  The weather made for arduous trekking across muddy fields, and this is a new site for us, so evidently, it takes a full 12 months to really assess the quality of a site.Colonies, despite the recent cold and wet weather, are in good shape.  Brown cappings and pollen on inspection trays indicate the rearing of brood, which puts pressure on the old winter bees.  A final quarter pack of fondant was given if needed, but this was rare. Roll ...
    Posted Mar 18, 2019, 4:47 PM by Helen Mooney
  • Practice makes perfect Last evening in Westport, I had a chance to meet up with my old study group- a group of welcoming, knowledgeable and engaging beekeepers, who continue to motivate and support beginners, as much as they did when I came through their door as an absolute beginner around 8 years ago now. My first experience of the study group, was joining it late, as I did not know it existed, and being made very welcome but being very confused as I grappled with all things practical, such as swarm control, queen rearing, splits and nucs etc etc. Evidently, it was time well spent and I was fortunate enough to be asked to return last evening and share my experience of maintaining ...
    Posted Mar 6, 2019, 2:28 PM by Helen Mooney
  • A busy week! Knowledge is power We had a great visit with the intermediate study group in Ballyhaunis yesterday and are delighted at their progress so far.  We shared some notes and book suggestions and shared our approach to studying for the same exams a few years back.  They key to a successful study group is 100% commitment from every member, and that was certainly evident yesterday.We now turn our attention to a lecture on honey bee behaviour in Athlone Institute of Technology this Thursday and then to the Ballina club beginners course which takes place this coming weekend - Feb 23rd & 24th. Check out our brochure at the bottom of our "Education & Training" link for full details.
    Posted Feb 18, 2019, 2:43 PM by Helen Mooney
  • 2019 Beginner's Course Fully Booked We have had an unprecedented response to our 2019 beginner course held in the Teagasc building, Bunree, Ballina taking place on February 23rd & 24thThank you to all who have signed up. I will put up a link to the brocure which outlines the course in more detail and I will e-mail a copy to those who have signed up.
    Posted Feb 9, 2019, 2:20 PM by Helen Mooney
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