Good beekeepers continuously maintain their hives to safeguard their investment and increase honey production and quality.
Machinery can be used for preparing apiary sites, manipulating hives, loading, unloading and transporting migratory apiaries.
Timber rots quickly in hot, wet climates. Therefore it is essential to treat timber, used for making hives, to avoid unnecessary waste.
Sterilising equipment with scorching and irradiation
When bee colonies are diagnosed with American foulbrood (AFB), it is a requirement that the bees are killed and the equipment either destroyed or sterilised.
In 1964, a standard system of honey grading using a Pfund Honey Colour Grader was introduced in Australia. It was modified in June 1981 to bring the Australian scale in line with the international scale.