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  2. cBank

    NZBF Honey gates

    Any idea what the other things are - the owner looks to be good at making useful things.
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  4. If you feed your bees sugar it has to be organic sugar if you want to call the honey organic. Fro what I understand the Asure qualty organic standards allow o/a staples to control varroa. You also have to be careful where yoyr bees are foraging due to chemicals being used.
  5. I'm not understanding a word used in this blog. I assume that OA is referring to oxalic acid but what does the word staple mean?
  6. Kiwi Bee

    Question Sloped site and sheep

    Sheep are okay. Sloppy terrain is not so cool. - many types of work involved and for each it turns out you have to walk up and down the hill all the time - the hives facing the hill need cleaning the area in the front of the entries(not so often but .....) while those facing the valley will be more difficult to reach when they get tall There is always a bit of flat-ish area next to the pallet to rest a box. However it will be easier on a fully flat terrain. In this particular case I did not want to place the hives at the top of the hill because I will be in the way of the farmer while at the bottom of the hill are more trees(more shade and humidity in the winter).
  7. Its irrelevant how Varroa got here however it is relevant that caged queens came to NZ in shirt pockets. If a beekeeper did not bring Varroa here it was only due to luck.
  8. The email was (ironically) from an APINZ board member who is part of the problem, not part of a solution, who wants a yes vote...
  9. Bron

    February 2019 diary

    We’ve stopped work for awhile too, just when I’d got @Daleyback into her bsuit! Her sister decided that getting married in very early March was a good idea! So I’m cleaning the house (this involves lotsa nasty words not acceptable here, and ewww, cleaning.) I’m gonna start on the gardens next, that’s bound to cause more nasty words... I love my girls, but this is a bit of a beeks nightmare! Save me...
  10. john berry

    Question Sloped site and sheep

    I have a few apiarys with long grass and apart from stamping it down a bit as I work the hives I find it makes no difference at all to the hives. I certainly don't spray, mow or trim. I prefer to have sheep ran the hives to keep the grass down just because it's easier for me.
  11. For the record it wasn't me who sent this email, but I wish I had.
  12. Trevor Gillbanks

    Commodity Levy / Fight for the Industrys future?

    Enough beating about the bush. Are you sure you don't want to tell us how you really think about the Levy proposal.
  13. Got a couple of interesting emails today from someone who will remain nameless (for now) … included was this gem... "...our historical export markets in Europe for Clover & Honeydew were not supported by NZ beekeepers over the last 6 years, this effectively removed NZ from the market from a buyers perspective, we are now paying the penalty." From my perspective as a predominantly pasture based beekeeper, I would have to change "NZ Beekeepers" to "Honey Marketers". The glamour kids selling emu oil or whatever faddish thing they can put a spin on will move on from ti-tree as soon as it loses its shine, leaving a right stinking mess behind them. Yet these are the people that want a yes vote. Honey used to be an enjoyable spread, suddenly its the next tulip. The spin doctors have taken a family business based primary industry that was pottering along quite happily and turned it into a corporatized, regulation constrained, Government impaired, managerially bloated, ruthlessly and immorally competitive, vampiric soulless monstrosity determined to bleed to death the very foundation of its sustenance. I cannot and will not endorse any organization (or levy proposed by such) that has Corporate Honey Marketers with little to no respect for bees or beekeepers as majority voices. Here endeth the rant.
  14. Trevor Gillbanks

    Commodity Levy / Fight for the Industrys future?

    Thanks @john berry. Valuable information
  15. https://teara.govt.nz/en/wasps-and-bees/page-4 a short video on this page
  16. Many years ago I was invited to visit Parliament with a group of beekeepers and it was pretty obvious that the government blamed beekeepers for varoa. The interesting thing with varoa is that we didn't get small hive beetle and more especially tracheal mite which you would have expected had it come in on a swarm or even cage Queens. My guess would be varoa came in as a single varoa either on someone's clothing or more likely on imported flowers and a bee just happened to land on the flower and that was it. The chances of that happening are not great but it only takes one varoa. Chalk brood came in with the illegal importation of Caucasian queen So I don't discount that somebody was stupid enough to do such a thing but they would have brought tracheal mite at the same time . What I would like to know is who told the government that beekeepers were responsible for an own goal and did they have any evidence to back it up.
  17. Trevor Gillbanks

    Commodity Levy / Fight for the Industrys future?

    Then who did please.
  18. yesbut

    Repairing plastic liner in drum.

    Didn't know I was. And I don't care if I am. No, I'm just trying to stay off here a bit more.
  19. There are several NZ sites. This is one of them...... https://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/resources/identification/animals/bug-id/what-is-this-bug
  20. Any one know of a facility in Wellington or Manawatu up to Palmerston North that would do small quantities - 20-30 boxes and possibly bottle as well?
  21. Their a pain in the bum when they make nests in exhaust pipes of lawn mower, chainsaws, weedwackers, jackets that havnt been worn in a while ets etc.
  22. Mason wasp pictured here: https://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/resources/identification/animals/bug-id/what-is-this-bug/bugs-with-legs/6-legs/bees-and-wasps/mason-wasp "The female builds a nest of several cells made of mud, often in folds of curtains or keyholes She lays an egg in each cell and provides a paralysed orbweb spider as food for the emerging larva Adults eat nectar" Is there a Mason bee too? Can anyone know a site or book that has all the NZ native bees listed with photos?
  23. Kiwifruiter

    Repairing plastic liner in drum.

    I assume he was trying to remind me why he was on my ignore list.
  24. Kiwifruiter

    Repairing plastic liner in drum.

    It is for storing honey that is for personal use/site honey/gatesales/fermtation so the chances of it being rejected by a packer are rather low.
  25. Bee Good

    Repairing plastic liner in drum.

    Did you hang your toes over that line again.
  26. jamesc

    February 2019 diary

    Nope.... finished all beework thus arvo for a while.... staples in, honey off. Bees in dew.... not much else to do for a while except extract it and jump on a plane and go sell the stuff.
  27. There is no doubt the government wants to pay our share when it comes to bio security. What I want to know is why the people importing the risk goods are not paying. There are serious bio security breaches on an almost weekly basis which suggest something is wrong with the system and beekeepers, farmers and horticulturalists paying for the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff is not going to change that. As for beekeepers not paying their share, we didn't import varoa and we're still paying for that mistake.
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