Bees back from the brink following flower drought

Members of the bee industry are reporting that hives are on the road to recovery following some rain in drought-affected areas.Image

Brian Prettejon, a bee keeper at Prairie in North Queensland, about 400 kilometres west of Townsville, says production is down 30-40 per cent due to the drought.

But he remains positive about the Australian bee industry, despite the poor season.

Mr Prettejon says he saved his bees with a home-made nectar of white sugar mixed with water.

“Back at the beginning of winter, normally there would be some blossom around, particularly wattle, and this year there was none, or very little, and my bees nearly starved, which meant that I had to feed them right through the winter.

“It’s only been in the last few weeks that they’ve actually come good.”


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