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DAFM Honey Bee Health Surveillance Programme

To all associations: please share the information from DAFM below with your members.

As you are aware there was a recent competition to recruit for a specialist to work in the area of honeybee health in DAFM. I am pleased to say that the new recruit has started work in the Plant Health Laboratory here at DAFM in Backweston. The appointed person is Dr Mary Coffey.

This means that there will be some changes to the current honeybee disease diagnostic service that was funded by DAFM with analysis carried out by Dr Coffey in Teagasc. The disease diagnostic service will still continue but samples will now need to be submitted using a new form and directly to Dr Coffey in the Plant Health Laboratory at Backweston. The new service will now also be named the DAFM honey bee health surveillance programme.

The new service will be available on the website at the link below along with sampling guidelines


Any queries regarding the analysis can be directed to maryf.coffey@agriculture.gov.ie

Any general enquiries about the new DAFM honeybee diagnostic service can be sent to me at Rachel.wisdom@agriculture.gov.ie

We would appreciate if you would communicate this information to all your members as samples sent to Teagasc in Oakpark will no longer be analysed. This service will still be free of charge. And if at all possible could this information be published in the next edition of An Beachaire?

Regards, Brendan

Brendan Murray

Federation of Irish Beekeepers Associations

Phone: 041-9826957