Sunshine Coast honey grower Peter Moore is lending a hand at the Ekka.
Sunshine Coast honey grower Peter Moore is lending a hand at the Ekka. Sherele Moody

Peter always knew he'd bee making sweet honey

SUNSHINE Coast honey grower Peter Moore has no idea where he would bee without honey and the Ekka.

Mr Moore is one of a small team of apiarists helping educate city slickers about the importance of bees at the Royal Queensland Show this week.

Taking time out from helping to staff the Queensland Beekeepers' Association's honey stall, Mr Moore said he first started "messing" around with bees when he was four and he got his first hive at 18.

"It's in the blood, I suppose," the 75-year-old said.

"When I got my first hive I would sit there and look at the bees coming in and out.

"I went from one box to 300, I had to reduce the numbers by about 25 per cent because of disease and I got back up to 300."

Mr Moore cut back his hives to 25 about seven years ago but he is still passionate about the hobby that has seen him install boxes from Bribie Island to Stanmore, between Woodford and Peachester.

In a good year he produces about 88 gallons (330 litres) of the liquid gold.

"The hardest part of it is fighting disease and pests," Mr Moore said.

While keeping bees can be rewarding, there is a definite negative that tends to take the buzz out of every apiarist - being stung.

"Every sting hurts as much as the first one you ever get," Mr Moore said

"But it's something you live with."

Entries for the Ekka's Apiculture Competition can be viewed at the Queensland Beekeepers' Association's display and product stall in the Agricultural Hall.

There are also apiary demonstrations throughout the day.

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