Instrumental INsemination GRoup Information Dissemination Day
Saturday 9th September 2000,
BBKA H.Q. at the National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh Park,
near Kenilworth, Coventry, Warwickshire, CV8 2LZ.
9.30am to 5pm. PROGRAMME: "Drone Handling and Semen
by Redmond Williams of Black Galtee Bee fame.
9.30 am - 10 am... Registration and tea/coffee
10.30- 11 am.....Introduction
11 am..... PRACTICAL SESSION BEGINS
I pm - 2 pm..... Lunch BRING YOUR OWN
2 pm - 3 pm....... Exchange of information, (talk, questions and answers)
3.00 - 3.30....... Tea coffee
5 pm........ End or when everyone who wants to has collected drone
Redmond says that drone semen collection is the most difficult aspect
of practical I.I. Therefore, we are starting EARLIER THAN OTHER YEARS
to allow everyone to have a go. Redmond will bring his, teaching
microscope and a number of queens (which will be destroyed
afterwards). WE NEED AS MANY DRONES AS POSSIBLE, SO PLEASE PLEASE
BRING SOME. The best way to transport drones is in a small mini-nuke,
with at least workers and brood, queenless is best, and as many
drones as can be put inside.
The programme is very fluid; we will get in all the points in the
programme above, but the insemination must begin early, at the start.
Redmond says we shall need all day for that. IF YOU HAVE YOUR OWN
INSEMINATION EQUIPMENT, please bring it along for display &
discussion. We shall be working in groups of 4 or 5, so those not at
the teaching microscope with Redmond, will need to be occupied.
THEREFORE, WE NEED WILLING PEOPLE TO DO SMALL GROUP DISCUSSIONS.
these can be moveable, like a carousel and cover any aspect of
beekeeping; SOME SUGGESTIONS ARE: queen rearing. ways of calming
bees; feeding bees; making nuclei; getting your queen mated, and so
on endlessly. The choice is yours, but we must have little groups
for reasons stated. Have you tried II? How did it go? what are your
problems? Have you answers for someone else's problems? FINANCING
THE DAY. As you see from the accounts, we have £250.00 in hand from
the two previous years. The policy has been not to return fees for
non-attendance (one person did not come last year) because of the
need to build up group funds somewhat for other more lengthy
practical periods in the future.
THE DAY IS GOING AHEAD; Mary has booked Redmond's air fare following
discussions with him earlier this week. The venue is booked.
B&B is being arranged for him locally. The finance required is: Air
fare: £154.00 fully flexible economy return ticket. Postage,
(includes estimated £5.00 for registering tickets to him,
photo-copying and telephone -£25.00 room hire at Stoneleigh £25.00:
demonstration fee £70.00. B&B £50.00; transport to and from
Kenilworth to Birmingham airport £25.00 Grand total = £349.00.
This leaves a deficit of £100.00. based on average of 30 people,
= £3.50 each, which can be collected on the day.
The fee for those that did not participate last year will be £13.50.
Numbers are limited...First come...First served
All bookings and enquiries to Mary
Mary Dartnall can be contacted at home:- telephone 023 80775445
2 Harlyn Road, Millbrook, Southampton. SO164NF.
Written... Summer 2000,
Revised... 11 October 2001,
Revised... 21 January 2003,