Castle Inman is proud to announce that we now stock The Bee Book.

The bee book by Peter Warhurst and Roger Goebel has been written and compiled by beekeepers who are also apiary officers of the Dept of Primary Industries & Fisheries, Queensland.

It draws on their personal experience and that of other beekeepers, as well as over 100 years of departmental research and experience. This practical, readable and comprehensive book contains detailed information on honeybees and on every aspect of responsible, successful beekeeping, whether as a hobby, a part-time occupation or a commercial operation.

It also covers the special requirements of managing hives in Australia where, in contrast to cooler areas, bees often continue to breed and gather honey throughout winter. This 3rd edition also deals with palletisation and the small hive beetle, and provides an expanded list of agricultural chemicals, with information on their known toxicities to bees.

Contents include

introduction to bees and beekeeping, the honeybee colony, beginning in bees, hive construction & preservation, general management, flora, feeding & watering bees, queen bees and package bees, swarming, removing the honey crop, honey extracting, useful machinery, products of the hive, pollination, pests of bees, endemic diseases of bees, chemical poisoning of bees, exotic diseases and pests, Australian native bees, contact details for apiary officers in Australia, glossary of terms, further reading, alphabetical index, 137 illustrations in black & white and 61 in colour. Octavo, paperback, 295 pp.

In our opinion the best bee book for Australia.

This book is supplied free with every Technoset complete hive order. Meaning, if the order has a lid, a base, a box and a lid this book comes with it free.

We will be marketing this at Farmers' markets various going forward and so if your an experienced keeper or starting out this book is well worth the $60 that includes postage to anywhere in Australia including our fly flung territories in the Indian, Pacific and Australian Antarctica

the bee book

Beekeeping Logbook

Getting a record of hive inspections is a legal requirement in all states and territories in Australia.  You use a spreadsheet or some other method of recording your inspections.  Here at Castle Inman, as you might expect we are old school.  We use pen and paper.  We have found that an inspector when presented with books of inspections which cannot just be attached to an e-mail is soon on their way.  The paper record is never affected by power outages and you can write the story on each hive with simple to use prompts.

Make complying with the law easier and order your Beekeeping Logbooks today.

Price $16.50 Includes GST and Delivery