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Central Ontario Beekeepers' Association Events:

Save the date for our Summer Meeting and Potluck Picnic:

Sunday July 14th, 10:30am to 3:30pm.

We are meeting at Kawartha Settlers Village, 85 Dunn Street in Bobcaygeon (

The meeting will be packed with interesting speakers, demonstrations, workshops and displays. More details will be sent out shortly.


Our past event was the:

COBA Spring Meeting on Friday, April 26th, 2019

Topics and Speakers:

COBA Updates – COBA Executive

The COBA Executive provided information about the exciting activities and events planned for this year, including our Conference which will be held on the weekend of September 14th and 15th.

Navigating the new rules regarding antibiotics and honeybees – Dr. Kyle Goldie, DVM

Dr. Goldie graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 2011, and he has been working in equine ambulatory practice since. While Kyle is enthusiastic and passionate about all areas of equine medicine, his practice interests thus far have focused on lameness, racing, dentistry, reproduction, and preventative medicine. When not seeing equine patients, Kyle can be found attending his growing beekeeping operation, or practicing violin.

Dr. Goldie provided an overview of the new regulation that came into effect on December 1, 2018 requiring beekeepers to obtain a veterinarian’s prescription for bee antibiotics. He provided information about the veterinary-client-patient relationship (VPCR) and the process for obtaining a prescription.

• What beekeepers should know about buying bees and setting up a beeyard– Jerry Jerrard, Commercial Beekeeper, Kawartha Lakes Honey

Jerry Jerrard is a full time beekeeper who manages 600 hives located in the City of Kawartha Lakes. He has been keeping bees for almost 25 years and is passionate about producing high quality products and is a strong advocate for improving the environment for bees (and humans too!)

Jerry shared information about what to consider when: establishing a beeyard (for one hive or many); buying nucs and queens, and moving bees. He also recommended resources and supports for those just starting out in beekeeping.

Spring Auction in support of the junior beekeepers travelling to the International Meeting of Young Beekeepers.

Professional Auctioneer Jason McIntosh ( led this special auction that rose funds to cover travel costs and registration fees for the three young beekeepers (and two mentors) who are representing Canada at the international competition in Slovakia in July 2019.


COBA 2019 Membership Fees: $20 per family (living at the same location). Membership fees can be paid at COBA meetings. Non-members will be asked to pay $5 per person, per meeting attended.