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Utah Beekeepers' Association

As Currently Organized since 1892, but Serving and Representing Utah's Beekeepers Since the Early 1860's

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President's Message


Spring time is upon us and summer is getting closer and now many of us beekeepers are hard at it. During this time of year we are constantly looking through hives checking queens, treating for mites, or just plain curious on what is happening with a particular hive. 

If you’re anything like me you may have several thoughts dance thought your head as you make your inspections.  Many of my thoughts fall back to the days as a young boy helping my dad and the tips that he would teach me.  With a few years of practice and almost daily chats with my dad I am always looking for ways of being more productive, or finding a new trick to keep me on top.  

Today I met with my dad at the gas station for an afternoon soda and our daily story telling. While there my dad asked to see my hive tool. Reluctantly I pulled it out and handed it over to him to hear him say with disgust  “ Good HELL.” With warm days and pulling frames out it’s easy to get your hands or gloves covered with sticky wax or propolis which then gets transferred to the hive tool. Any good beekeeper knows that diseases are easily transferred through wax and yet can simply contaminate several hives in the matter of a few minutes with just a dirty hive tool. 

In my defense I quickly told my dad I hadn’t had time to stoke up my smoker and clean my hive tool. Reaching in the back of his truck he said “ I want to show you a new trick.”  My dad pulled out a small propane torch quickly lit it, scorched the hive tool, cleaned it off with a rag, scorched it again and carefully handed it back to me. My hive tool was cleaner that it had ever been. 

With this new trick in mind I stopped by Harbor Freight today and bought myself a small  propane torch, grabbed some rags from my garage and am ready to always have a clean hive tool. 

Good luck to all of you in your spring time inspections and keeping your tools clean!

Jared Taylor

Association Officers

PresidentJared Taylor2019-2020435-619-3005
Past PresidentMichael Stephenson2017-2018435-864-8346
President ElectBrian Stephenson2021-2022 
DirectorsDoug Hawkes2018-2020801-599-9801
 Martin James2019-2021435-760-0805
 Jim Retallick2019-2022801-721-0354
SecretaryMandy TaylorAppointed 
TreasurerDoug HawkesAppointed801-599-9801
Historian Al Chubak Appointed801-654-9700
WebmasterBlaine NayAppointed435-590-7569

BYU Researching phages

Researchers in BYU's department of Microbiology and Molecular Biology are researching American Foulbrood (AFB) and specific bacteriophages which can eliminate the bacteria responsible for AFB (Paenibacillus larvae). They constantly need more samples from healthy hives as well as hives known to be infected with AFB so they can continue to isolate and identify phages which are effective in treating AFB in hives. They accept samples by mail or in person, depending on what is easier for beekeepers. They will even cover the costs of shipping samples and will provide shipping labels if needed. Contact the lab for instructions on submitting samples. BYU's research has culminated in a commercially-available feed supplement to control AFB . It is now available to beekeepers at www.BroodSafe.com.

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