Watch this instructional video on how best to collect your honey samples. It is important that the honey samples you send us are direct from the comb and can fill the tube to the top so we have sufficient honey for analysis. This new video explains how to achieve this:
We hope that you will be able to provide us with up to two sets of 3 honey sample tubes (contained within your sample packs), ideally one early (spring- early summer) and one late (late summer-autumn). However, when you take them is up to you- most sample when they harvest
What is important however, is that the honey collected is from the same hive at the same time, is the most recently capped honey and that the date of sampling is recorded correctly on the sample tubes. Also, within your sample submission form.
We really want to see a ‘snapshot in time’ from an individual hive, not mixed honey. By providing more than one sample we will get information on forage plants that are in flower at different times of the year.
However, it is important to note that although each set of 3 sample tubes must be from the same hive you do not to have to collect from the same hive for future sample packs. Locations and hives can change, as long as your sample submission information is accurate and that only one hive is picked per sample pack used.