BUSY BEE: Keeper Darryl Ryan, pictured with son Haydn, is using a new type of housing for his bees.
BUSY BEE: Keeper Darryl Ryan, pictured with son Haydn, is using a new type of housing for his bees. Inga Williams

Beekeeper trials technology that could buzz up the industry

THE days of smoke, hat and veils may be numbered for beekeepers.

A North Ipswich beekeeper is trialling breakthrough technology that could change the industry forever.

One of the newer members of the Ipswich and West Moreton Beekeepers Association, Darryl Ryan, is installing a new hive system on his property that allows the honey to be harvested through a tap system.

The association has secured the inventor of the revolutionary technology, FlowHive, as guest speaker for the club's annual field day this weekend.

The event is expected to attract beekeeping clubs from all over south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales.

Our leading beekeepers' association has secured the inventor of the breakthrough technology that has the industry abuzz to speak at its annual field day on Sunday.

Co-inventor of revolutionary beekeeping invention FlowHive, Stuart Anderson, will be guest speaker at the event to be held at Peak Crossing.

The Byron Bay inventor took a lifelong love for bees and a decade of tinkering in the shed with his son, Cedar, to create the FlowHive system.

The invention has been so well received, an initial crowdfunding campaign has turned the concept into a thriving business concern.

FlowHive is already being used successfully on farms and in backyards all around the world.

The technology allows the beekeeper to harvest the honey by turning a handle, creating "honey on tap".

The Andersons say it is the gentlest method of honey extraction, making the honey extraction process easier on bees and beekeepers alike.

North Ipswich beekeeper Darryl Ryan is in the process of setting up a FlowHive system on his property.

Mr Ryan said he took on beekeeping as a hobby and was well and truly hooked.

"What started as a long time interest has become an even bigger project," he said.

"I have been lucky to be part of a trial of the FlowHive invention that was launched via Facebook and one of the eight-most successful crowdfunding events in the world.

"It's working well and is a very clever method of collecting honey from a hive."

With 150 members, the Ipswich and West Moreton Beekeepers Association has grown to become one of Australia's most active beekeeping clubs.

Association secretary Noela Geeves said the annual field day would showcase several acclaimed industry presenters covering beekeeping skills, suppliers of products, a hands-on open hive display, honey, wax presentation and cooking competitions. The Field Day starts 9am on Sunday at Peak Crossing State School.

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