THE Institute of Northern Ireland Beekeepers’ Honey Show took place recently, and once again produced a record entry as the top exhibitors assembled to compete for the various prizes.
Despite the poor honey season, the total entry was 168, topping last year’s numbers, with the standard of the exhibits being extremely high.
INIB members had just returned from the London Honey Show, and Best in Show went to David McIntyre from the Roe Valley Beekeepers, whose exhibit of cut comb had won a first prize a week before at London.
Another INIB winner from the London Show, was James Houghton of Donegal, who won the 6 Jar class. The Supreme run honey award went to a relatively new beekeeper, the Rev. Stephen Robinson from Mid Antrim Beekeepers, who won the Novice class, and also the jar for tasting, getting the better of 44 other entries.
As the judging was taking place, the delegates were enthralled by the lectures given by the visiting speakers. Professor Keith Delaplane from the University of Georgia gave two talks on “Bees as a super organism”, and “Honey Bee Breeding”, while Ged Marshall a Commercial Master Beekeeper, spoke on “Swarm Control without nine day checks,” and “Re-queening Why, When and How”.
Full list of prize winners: 6 Jars of Honey – James Houghton (Donegal), 2 Jars Light Honey – Elmer Kennedy (Cullybackey), 2 Jars Medium Honey – Albert Hamilton (Belfast ), 2 Jars Dark Honey – Wilbert Liggett (Richhill), Jar of Honey for tasting - Stephen Robinson (Larne), Chunk Honey – Elmer Kennedy, 2 Sections – Anne Wilson (Banbridge), 2 Containers of Cut Comb – David McIntyre (Limavady), Frame of Honey – Walter McNeill (Antrim), Cake of Beeswax – Ken Best (Bangor), Beekeeping Photograph – Ken Best, Honey Cake – Walter McNeill, Novice Class- Stephen Robinson, Sweet Mead – Tom Canning (Armagh), Dry Mead – Gail Orr (Hillsborough), Beekeeping Artistry – Catherine Capper ( Yorkshire), Supreme Run Honey – Stephen Robinson, Maximum Points – Elmer Kennedy, Best in Show – David McIntyre.