Summer 2022 Newsletter

MBA Summer 2022 The MBA Newsletter is published 4 times per year. To view it, you may use the freely available Adobe Reader program.


***IMPORTANT NOTICE:  JUNE 18th MBA FIELD DAY CANCELATION*** 

I regret to announce that the June 18th MBA Field day has been cancelled.  The Lewis farm in Austin has recently received an extraordinary amount of rain, their yard is a mess and Adam will not be able to accommodate the MBA field day.  Instead of pushing the field day back to a later date or relocating the event, the board has decided it might just be best to postpone the MBA field day until next year.  Everyone is just so tired of this spring.  The Lewis family is open to host this event next year, third time is a charm.   I hope this […]


Spring 2022 Newsletter

MBA Spring 2022 The MBA Newsletter is published 4 times per year. To view it, you may use the freely available Adobe Reader program.


Special General Meeting Change of Date, Time and Location

Change of date, time and location Due to inclement weather and forecast, this meeting has been postponed. The new date and location is: Wednesday April 27 at 5 pm Location MacGregor Hockey Rink A Special General Meeting has been requested by the membership to discuss the over winter losses of honey bee colonies in Manitoba. This meeting is to discuss and determine the steps forward to help the industry with replacement stock. In light of overwintering losses, this petition asks for the Association members to reconsider the AGM Resolution on USA packages bees to Manitoba. This will be an in-person […]


KRTP – 2022 Bee Health Monitoring Program **Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the 2022 beekeeping season. The Bee Health Monitoring Program is open to all registered beekeepers in Manitoba and aims to increase the accessibility of diagnostic services offered through Veterinary Diagnostic Services in Winnipeg as well as the National Bee Diagnostic Centre in Beaverlodge, AB. Hygienic behaviour testing is also available again for the 2022 season. Please review the registration form for more details and contact Derek with any questions about the program.


Job Opportunity With the KRTP

The KRTP is searching for a qualified Field/Laboratory Technician for the upcoming 2022 season. Please see the Job Advertisement PDF for details.


Winter 2022 Newsletter

MBA Winter 2022 The MBA Newsletter is published 4 times per year. To view it, you may use the freely available Adobe Reader program.


Fall 2021 Newsletter

MBA Fall 2021 The MBA Newsletter is published 4 times per year. To view it, you may use the freely available Adobe Reader program.


Summer 2021 Newsletter

MBA Summer 2021 The MBA Newsletter is published 4 times per year. To view it, you may use the freely available Adobe Reader program.


Feb 2022 Convention/AGM to be held Online via Zoom

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Notice is given that the Manitoba Beekeepers’ Association Annual General Meeting will be held on-line February 26,2022 from 1:00 TO 4:00 pm. Purpose of this meeting is to: 1.            To receive reports from Committees 2.            To approve Resolutions 3.            To elect Directors 4.            To approve Financial Statements and 2022Budget Voting on Resolutions will be done by a mail in ballot. Voting members will receive a ballot prior to the AGM and are to be returned by March 6. Deadline for Resolutions to be submitted to Resolution Chair, Marg Smith at margshoney@nullgmail.com is February 13, 2022.  […]


MBA seeking KRTP position **update -Filled

The Manitoba Beekeepers’ Association is looking for a dynamic individual to leadour Knowledge Research Transfer Program (KRTP). To meet the needs of thecommercial and small scale beekeeping industry in Manitoba, the KRTP will focuson four main areas of technology transfer; Education, Communication,Demonstrative Research and Monitoring for IPM and BMP Developments.Attached is the description for the KRTP Lead position, but we would like to encourage anyoneinterested is this position to feel free to contact us to discuss the vision and mission of the program.Although the education requirement for this contract position has been set at a minimum of MSc, otherrelevant combinations […]


“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 […]


Latest Treatment recommendations 2020

Rheal has released his 2020 treatment recommendations. Review and keep up to date to changing regulations Read the latest Provincial treatment recommendations here: 2020_Honey_Bee_Health_Treatment_Guide_Feb3_2020 IMPORTANT: A veterinarian prescription will be required to use oxytetracycline hydrochloride and tylosin tartrate in honey bee colonies. All antibiotics and acaricides should only be administered to honey bee colonies according to recommended rates on the products label or according to veterinarian prescription. Never administer antibiotics and acaricides while honey supers are on the hives unless explicitly stated as safe to do so on the label. It is recommended that beekeepers monitor for Varroa mites (Varroa […]


Lab services

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 and work together with the NDBC to provide comparable results. For the time-being, any diagnostic services not currently available in Manitoba that are available in Alberta will be shipped automatically to the Alberta lab at […]


Honey Fraud and your role in identifying it!

http://truehoney.buzz/ Peter awram spoke at our last beekeepers convention and he has shared this valueable tool for identifying honey varietals and would ask for you to submit samples to him. Follow the links on his website to help out.


Donate to the Barry Fingler Memorial Fund Today!

The Barry Fingler Memorial fund was established to remember the Provincial Assistant Apiarist who passed away from brain Cancer in the early 90’s  (Fingler Obit 1995 smr MBA newsl). Barry was a friend and colleague of many in the industry. As an association we formed the BFF (Barry Fingler Research Fund) to pursue research initiatives in a long term scale; a fund that could be accessed when needed for board approved initiatives. To date(Feb 2018) the fund sits at just over $130,000. As an endowment fund we need to break a somewhat larger margin to start more initiatives. By Donating […]