THE INIB Annual Con-ference and Honey Show took place rec-ently at the Lough Neagh Discovery Cen-tre, Lurgan, and this year the honey show attracted
a record entry of 286
Several new classes were introduced this year and the visiting judges, Arthur “Brutz” English from USA and Peter Lewis from Yorkshire, were kept busy along with local judges Tom Canning, Leo McGuinness, Cecil McMullan and Michael
Overall Best in Show was won by Wendy Johnston from Roe Valley Beekeepers with a magnificent display of beekeeping products. Supreme run honey was won by Albert Hamilton from Belfast Beekeepers, and maximum points was won by Christina Bradley from Dromore Beekeepers.
During the judging the delegates were treated to a set of terrific lectures from Keith Delaplane from the University of Georgia, who talked about the honey bee superorganism and how it explains everything, and also what bees in nature can teach us.
The other guest lecturer was Ken Basterfield, who explained how he reads the bees in his colonies and the tools that he had made or adapted to make beekeeping easier.
Also Michael Young spoke about the gift of beekeeping in Kenya and the truth about the Africian bee.