• Hannah Phillips

Bee-ing on the Ball: Honeybee Industry Changes in SA

SA's honeybee industry has seen new legislation introduced today, following changes to the Livestock Regulations 2013, which now aligns with the Australian Honey Bee Industry Biosecurity Code of Practice.

Aimed at increasing productivity and pest and disease control, PIRSA's Bee Biosecurity Officer Teagan Alexander joined Anita on today's Country Viewpoint to explain the changes.

Changes follow on from community and industry consultations in 2017 and include:

  • Beekeepers must record specified biosecurity-related management practices that are undertaken.

  • Bees must be kept in approved hives, including being bee proof, with honeybee access only permitted via specifically designed entrances, whilst swarm catch boxes must only contain foundation, and if not located at the apiarists residence, be additionally branded with their name and telephone number.

  • Beekeepers must provide water suitable to sustain bees at a distance of not more than 200 m from any hive.

  • Beekeepers with 50 or more hives must successfully complete a course in bee pest and disease management approved by the Chief Inspector.

  • Beekeepers will be required to view and understand information on notifiable conditions of bees as part of the annual registration process.

A number of industry information sessions are being held across the state to help bee keepers adjust.

These include:

  • Kingscote, 26 April, 6-8.30 pm, Department of Environment and Water (DEW) Office, Dauncey Street, Kingscote

  • Struan, 30 April, 6-8.30 pm Struan House, via Riddoch Highway, Struan

  • Clare, 7 May, 6-8.30 pm, Department of Environment and Water (DEW) Office, 155 Main North Road, Clare

The South Australian Apiarists Association (SAAA) will also host an information session on 17 May (venue to be confirmed). Please contact the SAAA to register interest on 0419 982 102 or secretary@saaa.org.au.

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