July 2012 Meeting Minutes

July 2012 - Board Meeting Minutes


Palm Beach County Beekeepers Association

July  2012 – Board Meeting Minutes

Present:  Al Salopek, Sara White, Alexandra V. Kaufman

7-6-12 at 6:30 PM

Last month’s minutes approved. 

Treasurers report: $  8,696.29

Old Business:

Honey bear labels have not yet been ordered.  Sara will order labels this coming week.

We received liability insurance quote from Insurance Office of America.  The annual premium is $888.45.  We were provided an outline of coverage but we will request a fully detailed copy of policy.

Conference:  discussed honorariums to be paid to guest speakers at conference.  Votes of approval were delivered by Board Memebers:  Jim, Al, Sara, and Alexandra.  

After all prpoposed honorariums and invoices are settled, profit from conference will total $116.76.  There were approximately 85 paid registrants at the conference, 48 beginners, and 37 advanced.  The number of registrants is an approximation because Sara did not bring to the board meeting the information regarding the exact number of participants.  

New Business:

There was a request for donations in the range of $200.00 - $500.00 from Bo Sterk, President of St. John's County Beekeepers Association on behalf of The Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas (FAVACA).  We will present the request to members at the monthly meeting and will provide them with a web address to FAVACA via our association's website as well as Yahoo Groups so that they can make an informed decision on whether or not this is a cause that our association shouldsupport.  Will vote on this at next month's meeting.

We received an invitation to participate at the upcoming Repticon Reptile Show (formally Alternative Pet Show) in Ft. Lauderdale on May 12 & 13 and in West Palm Beach on July 21st.  Will present the information to member's at the monthly meeting to determine if there are any volunteers interested in participating.

Michelle Peterson of the Treasure Coast Beekeepers requested our involvement in a Honey Judging Show in conjunction with National Honey Bee Day on Saturday, Augusy 18, 2012.  Discussed possibly combining an association picnic along with the Honey Judging.  Called Michelle and left a voice message to discuss event in more detail.  Will present request to members at monthly meeting for member feedback.

Additional Business:

Association's laptop computer was sent for repair for a second time this past Tuesday.  There has been a problem with the screen going blank.

The association's membership list needs to be edited to reflect only those members paid up through the current year.  The old membership list will be archived for future reference.

A reminder needs to be addressed to the members at the monthly meeting that the Yahoo Group is only for beekeeping and bee related topics.

Outreach Requests:

There have been no outreach requests at this time.

Guest Speakers:                                      

May - Michael Kantor; Beneficial properties of propolis  

June - Mark Dykes (UF HBREL) - Beekeeping in the prison system.

July - Mario Jakob from D & J Apiary, Inc.

Aug. through November, to be scheduled.

December - Pot Luck End of Year Celebration                                            

Close of meeting:

Meeting adjourned at 6:45 p.m.

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Alexandra V. Kaufman


July 2012 - Regular Meeting Minutes



Palm Beach County Beekeepers Association

July 2012– Regular Meeting Minutes

7-6-12     7:10 p.m.

Minutes of the June meeting were approved.

Guest Speaker, Mario Jakob from D & J Apiary, Inc. (Mann-Lake Distributors), located in Umatilla, a three hours’ drive.

Third generation of beekeepers.  Own 2,500 commercial beehives and 200 mating beehives.  His bees are Cordovan Italian bees.  The second largest in South Florida. Employs 5 full time employees, distributes between 500-600 beehives per worker.  In one night 500 beehives are moved... with the help of palettes, forklift or bobcat.  "We are migratory beekeepers; we are chasers of honey flow."

Hives are placed in different areas because of the queen and the food.  Some areas are not as abundant in flowers as others.  Mario mentioned that he requeens every 6 months. “A queen lives only 6 months when working with commercial beehives.  We move hives during the night, next morning they are in a different place.  For example:  we placed *48 hives in an area and the first year they did not produce anything, the second year none, and the third year, none again."  We had to move these from this location.  Last year in 2011 D & J Apiary produced 400,000 lbs. of honey.  This can be done by placing a deep box at the bottom; the supers are placed on top of this.  

Each yard with beehives is treated as one unit.  Beehives are transported to North and South Dakota, Montana, and California (for almonds).  Advantages of beekeepers in Florida are better follow-up of the bees because these are smaller operations and Florida is also considered a subtropical state...everyone wants this place for their beehives.

Bill Rhodes owns approximately 12,000 beehives.  He maintains his bees around areas that are inundated with Spanish needle wild flowers.

Mario mentions that 1 queen will lay approximately 800 eggs hatching every 21 days and 1500 eggs with feeding patties.

Commercial beekeepers do not accept Swarms because of the possibility of disease, feeding, and temperament conditions.

Mario previously mentioned that he has 200 mating bees..."queen yard', he calls it, composed of queens and drones. These bees are Hygienic bees, meaning, hygienic bees detect, uncap, and remove disease brood from the combs before the disease becomes infectious.  Thus, Hygienic behavior also is one defense against Varroa mites, and although it is not the main mechanism of resistance to the mites, it appears to limit their reproduction and population growth to some degree. 

Black frames?  Rotate frames.  After 10 years the cells within the frames slowly shrink because chemicals get in the wax.  Varroa Mites?  In winter use Apiguard.  This is a natural product specifically designed for use in beehives.  It is a slow - release gel matrix, ensuring correct dosage of the active ingredient thymol.  Thymol is a naturally occurring substance derived from the plant thyme.  It is effective against the Varroa mite and is also active against both tracheal mite and chalkbrood.  Bull Ants and Yellow Jackets?  Place or sprinkle surrounding the beehive with cinnamon or cornmeal. 

The secret.....a Strong Hive is the answer.  For example, "I have 4 beehives; these are some of the best and brought them back home 4 years ago...Buckfast queens from Georgia."  Queens...everyone wants them in spring.  These are available in spring and fall.  Mario sells his queens at $20.00 each and NUCS at $90.00 each accordingly.  Biggest Queen Breeder in Florida, David Miksa.

Two or three queens in one beehive...Why?  Queen in training.  Must be on a cycle every 3 days.  You cannot miss the cycle.  Can you Hatch a queen? Positively.  Ten to 12 beehives full of drones.  Thus, you have several 100's of drones in the drone congregation.  How do you maintain your genetic pool energized?  Neighbors...Black queen, dark queen!  Mario's rate of success in spring 85%, in July 50%.

Doubling it up?  What does this mean...  two drones, shake frames off the bees and put it on top of another hive, these will go to next beehives.

Advantages that Mario has as a commercial beekeeper...*48 hives at his disposal, no swarms, and can perform splits with 5 frames of brood with new queens.  This gives him 100% success rate.  For the last three years has sent good bees to California and got good bees back.

Feeding:  spring; no feeding, they get enough natural feeding, fall; may need some feeding.  Beehives used 6 5/8 deep and 9 1/4 supers.

Treasure's report:  (Amount available at monthly meeting).

Old Business:

New Business:

Outreach Requests:

We received an invitation to participate at the upcoming Repticon Reptile Show (formally Alternative Pet Show) in Ft. Lauderdale on May 12 & 13 and in West Palm Beach on July 21st.  There were volunteers (Chris Schwartz and Eric Baxter) for the West Palm Beach event only. We are able to bring an observation hive and sell products.

Guest Speakers:

July, Mario Jakob from D & J Apiary, Inc.:  Subjected to be determined

August, Jamie Ellis: Yearly Beekeeping Management I: April – August and Yearly Beekeeping Management II: September-March

We are still looking for anyone who may be interested in speaking at a monthly meeting for the months of September, October, and November.  The month of December is our annual pot luck dinner.

Close of meeting:

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

Minutes submitted by:  Alexandra V. Kaufman


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