What’s the buzz? Students take a closer look at the bee industry

GOOD SUITS: Oberon High students learnt more about the bee industry at a recent seminar.
GOOD SUITS: Oberon High students learnt more about the bee industry at a recent seminar.

OBERON High School agriculture students suited up when they attended a Bee Awareness seminar last week.

And there was not a sting reported among them.

The Oberon students joined agriculture students from Bathurst and Kinross at the seminar, where they learnt about the bee industry and potential careers within it.​

The local students, who were accompanied by their agriculture teacher Heather Wiggins, met with beekeepers, suppliers and training representatives on the day.

Completely suited up, the students were well protected when they experienced handling the bees and hives under the guidance of professional apiarists. 

Students had the chance to sample different varieties of the sweetest honey straight from the comb and were introduced to some of the processing techniques and procedures to extract the honey. 

The day opened up more opportunities for Oberon High students, who will soon have the ability to complete a traineeship incorporating a Certificate III in Beekeeping as part of their HSC pattern of study. 

Introducing young people into beekeeping will help address issues such as an ageing workforce in the beekeeping industry and help to maintain a healthy food supply. 

Bees are responsible for the essential pollination of 65 per cent of our food crops.