Activities and Events


Feb Convention to be held Online via Zoom

The upcoming convention/symposium details are being finalized; the plan is to hold the event virtually for all Beekeepers in Manitoba as a free event to MBA members. The AGM which is required as part of our MBA bylaws will be held at the end of the event. Register in advance for this meeting:https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwkc-6rpz4oGNVHFtyOL5HsynO_CVjjJ9FK After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Draft Schedule: Saturday, February 27 12:00 – 12:15 -Opening of the meeting – advertisement display 12:15-12:45 -Opening remarks (house keeping) – Ian Steppler -Adoption of the agenda -Secretary report -motion to allow vote on financial […]


“The Importance of Quality Feed for Bees”

Presentation by:Dr. Rob Currie Dr. Rob CurrieProfessor, HeadDepartment of EntomologyFaculty of Agricultural and Food SciencesUniversity of Manitoba Dr. Currie (Rob) is a Professor and Head in the Department of Entomology at the University of Manitoba. Rob’s main research interest relates to the biology and management of bees (honey bees, leafcutting bees and native pollinators) and the crops that they pollinate. A major focus of his research is how parasites and diseases interact with other stressors such as nutrition to negatively impact the survival of bees during the winter.This free webinar is being organized for the beekeeping industry of Manitoba to […]


Convention 2020 Announcement

Manitoba Beekeepers’ Association 114th Convention Agenda 2020 Tentative – subject to change Also for those looking for the membership form please access the join options on sidebar or click here Thursday February 27 7:00 – 9:00 SFCR Workshop Sam Barlin Friday February 28 – Moderator Mark Friesen 7:30 – 8:00 Registration Opens   8:00 – 8:15 Welcome MBA President – Mark Friesen 8:15 – 9:00 Olivarez Honey Bees, our business evolved over time Ray Olivarez 9:00 – 10:00 Effects of Varroa and Pesticide on Colony Survival Frank Rinkevich 10:00 – 10:30 Break  – 10:30 – 11:00 Tech Transfer – What […]


YOU’RE INVITED!! Food Safety course 2020

Thursday prior to the convention Feb 27, 2020 In 2019, Bee Maid Honey and the MBA offered 3 workshops on the new SFCR and provided you with templates to help you navigate the system in order to be compliant on these regulations. On Thursday February 27, from 7 pm to 9 pm, we will be offering you the opportunity to meet with Sam Barlin. This evening will be to provide you with an explanation on eligibility and how to sign up, an overview of these regulations, an update on 2020 templates ( templates available through Bee Maid Honey and on […]


Lab services

The U of M will now be accepting submissions for diagnostics; they will be offering a comparable set of diagnostics like the National Beee Diagnostics center with the fees schedules listing in the following link Manitoba Agriculture Veterinary Diagnostic Services (VDS) is now offering honey bee testing for several honey bee diseases and pests (i.e. American Foulbrood (AFB), European Foulbrood (EFB), Nosema (N. apis or N. ceranae), Varroa mite, and several Viruses (DWV, IAPV, Sacbrood, KVB and BQCV)). In cooperation with the National Bee Diagnostic Centre (NBDC) in Beaverlodge, Alberta, VDS has agreed to follow similar analytical techniques and protocols […]


Convention 2019 announcement

113th MANITOBA BEEKEEPERS’ ASSOCIATION CONVENTION ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Please come to the Convention; we will be featuring: Randy Oliver, Les Eccles and Rosanna Punko Randy will be speaking on oxalic acid tips and slow release method, pesticides, and neonic facts. Reading comb and insightful thoughts on bee biology. Les Eccles is with the Ontario tech transfer team and will discuss how to translate these services to Manitoba as has been done in Saskatchewan Rosanna Punko is a masters student working with Nosema and will be speaking on her research CHC will be holding their meeting on Thursday prior to the […]


Spring Bees!

Spring is upon us and every year I get calls from concerned citizens about the bees foraging and creating a nuisance in the neighbourhood. As beekeepers we are not liable to change our practices but I would note there are some guidelines that the MBA in collaboration with the City of Winnipeg have developed in order to facilitate a good relationships between bees and people! Every situation is different so I would not want to describe a one solution fits all situation but to be mindful of the environment we live in and an ever increasing human population that is […]


Beekeepers Picnic 2018

Ian Steppler has volunteered his yard for a 2018 Beekeepers picnic.For those of you who are interested in seeing his operation and enjoying a day with the Ian and his bees; we will be holding the picnic on June 16th. Ian says himself “So I’m planning on growing a bee beard at this year’s proposed Manitoba Beekeepers Association field day… Anyone have advice?” He sounds as ready as anyone has ever been for such an endeavor All the details are LISTED BELOW MBA Feild Day 2018