Sweet success for northern NSW beekeepers

BUSY BEES: The president of the MNC ABA, Malcolm Banks, and Krankh Wilks.
BUSY BEES: The president of the MNC ABA, Malcolm Banks, and Krankh Wilks.

THE Mid North Coast branch of the Amateur Beekeeping Association tasted sweet success when it hosted the NSW AGM last Sunday.

Branch president Malcolm Banks said it was traditional at AGMs to also hold a friendly competition between the various branches of the ABA.

"The branches are: Illawarra, Macarthur, Parramatta, Central Coast, Mid North Coast, Northern Rivers, Sydney Central, Nepean and Hunter Valley," Mr Banks said.

"The competition is known as the Colonel Pulling Competition, named after Colonel Guy Pulling, who after returning from the Second World War, developed an interest in beekeeping and founded the Amateur Beekeeping Association of NSW."

Mr Banks said the competition, initiated in 1986 as a tribute to Colonel Pulling, tested the beekeepers' collective knowledge of apiary products including liquid and creamed honey and beeswax, an aviary inspection, branch reports and a 20-question quiz.

"This year's quiz was devised by Eddie Sijnstra who is president of the Nepean branch and included questions such as - "What is the name of a popular honey grading instrument?".

"The answer is a Pfund grader."

After a nervous wait the overall result was announced by Doug Purdie, president of the ABA.

The winner was the Mid North Coast branch, closely followed by the Northern Rivers.

"Our branch is only one year old and this is the first time the contest has been won by a branch out of the metropolitan area.

"A big thanks on the day to our honey and apiary product judge, Geoff Manning.

"Anyone interested in bees is welcome to attend one of the Mid North Coast meetings which are held on the second Sunday of each month."

For details contact Mal Banks on 6649 0990.

Topics:  beekeepers bees honeybees

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