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QUEEN CELL PRODUCTION TUTORIAL, AFB SNIFFER DOG DEMO & HIVE BURNING, SOCIAL EVENT & BBQ

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Hello Beekeeping Community

 

When the Corsons’ and I first talked about this event, Covid was unheard of, but we have decided to proceed as an Alert Level 2 event.  Initially, the thought never occurred that our event might possibly be the first cab off the rank in terms of beekeeping events this winter. Right now, we all need to do business differently and at Alert Level 2 we all need to play safe.  All registrations and enquiries welcome. Apologies if you think the prerequisites noted below are a bit long winded, but we must do our bit to keep everything legal, above board and hinder the dastardly life threatening Covid-19.

 

Registration for all events throughout the day is essential by 7 June to Maggie James mjqueenb@xtra.co.nz or ph 027 629 9388

 

The first part of the day is Maggie James, Queen Cell Production PowerPoint tutorial for producing large numbers of quality queen cells, commencing 9.30 a.m. This is similar format as delivered last year mainly throughout the North Island, with good numbers of commercial and long-term hobbyists attending.  Cost $190 pp incl GST. Please see attached advert.

 

The second part of the day commencing 3 pm is free and undertaken by generous hosts, James & Richelle Corson.  Both are passionate about their beekeeping business & AFB sniffer dogs.  At their property it is in Dog We Trust.   

 

WHEN: SUNDAY 14 JUNE (Previously advertised for 7 June. Deferred one week, because of the possibility we are still only at 10 people per social event) 

 

WHERE: ‘Gowanlea’, J & R Corson, 981 Whitecliffs Road, Coalgate R D, Canterbury 7673

‘Gowanlea’ is the last property in a picturesque pristine valley on the shingled Whitecliffs Road

 

NIWA JUNE FORECAST & POSSIBILITY OF SNOW: NIWA predict a warmer June than normal.  Whitecliffs Road will only be closed in the event of heavy snow.  Otherwise, this shingle road will remain open and snow chains will not be required, with snow on the side of the road and surrounding countryside. Then, also bring your own toboggan and build a snowman!  We will closely monitor the NIWA website, and post necessary updates on this thread. 

 

 

EVENTS TIMETABLE

 

9.30 A.M – 2.30 P.M: QUEEN CELL PRODUCTION POWERPOINT TUTORIAL $190 PP GST INCL

Maggie James. See attached advert  

BYO: Chair (important), lunch, cup.  Hot water, tea, coffee, sugar supplied

 

2.30 PM ATTENDEES ARRIVE FOR FREE EVENTS

3.00 P.M: AFB SNIFFER DOG DEMO

Richelle Corson

 

3.30 P.M: AFB HIVE BURNING & DISCUSSION ON CONTROL TECHNIQUES

James Corson

 

REGIONAL AFB REPORT

American Foulbrood Pest Management Plan, AP1 or AP2

 

THE LONG-AWAITED HOMEGROWN PUMPKIN COMPETITION (OR OTHER SUITABLE VEG)

1st Prize: 1 kg of Barry Sheehan’s famous queen candy

 

SOCIALISING & BBQ & POTLUCK

Home kill meat supplied by James & Richelle.  Hot water, tea, coffee, sugar available

Bring your own drink, glass, cup, plate, cutlery. Plus, salad or dessert with serving utensils for potluck table

 

This is not an organised industry body event. It is hosted by James & Richelle Corson, with registrations and answering of enquiries undertaken by Maggie James. We are extremely pleased the AFB PMP have confirmed availability of an AP1 or AP2.  Attendees receive a NZ Beeswax goody bag.  All are welcome, but if you like banging on about governance issues, whilst jumping up & down waving your arms, this is not the event for you. So far, we are extremely surprised and absolutely thrilled receiving some unusual registrations - long-term commercial Canterbury beekeepers who have not attended meetings in decades, a couple of Auckland commercial beekeepers, a Marlborough commercial beekeeper!  We look forward to a good number of healthy happy attendees from all sectors of the industry.  We have done a lot of reading up on protocols and are sure by 14 June all attendees will have excellent knowledge of Level 2 Alert activities and be rearing for a most enjoyable, informative, and memorable event! 

 

Enabling us to meet all requirements to operate safely under Covid Alert Level 2, the Health & Safety at Work Act, and the ‘Gowanlea’ honey house RMP the following MUST be adhered to:

 

Registrations to all the above events to Maggie James, mjqueenb@xtra.co.nz  by 7 June.  Same email no later than 8.00 a.m. on 14 June to deregister if you do not attend

 

Before entering through the ‘Gowanlea’ gate, attendees must use hand sanitiser then sign attendance register confirming they have no contagious disease. Ensure your steering wheel & door handle are sanitised. (If you want to attend the free events starting 3pm, allow time to get inside gate & park vehicle)

 

One metre social distancing observance

 

Cough or sneeze into your elbow, after social distancing yourself five metres

 

Wash hands with soap & water or sanitise frequently for 20 seconds, drying with towels provided

Use hand sanitiser or soap & water at various stations around event.  You may bring your own sanitiser & paper towels, but in honey house only use water & Corsons’ RMP approved soap

 

Salad or dessert contributions with serving utensils placed on designated table

 

Immediately prior to meal or using serving utensils wash & dry hands

 

Immediately after meal, wash & dry hands

 

Empty bottles or cans placed in bins provided. Then wash & dry hands

 

Dirty dishes, cutlery, or glasses placed in your vehicle.  Then wash & dry hands

 

Stay at home if you are sick or have any minor symptoms

 

Bring anything else you might need e.g chair, head lamp. Daylight ends approximately 5.00 pm 

 

*CIRCUMSTANCES THAT COULD LEAD TO EVENT CANCELLATION OR DEFERMENT

A move back to Alert Level 3 or heavy snow in the Canterbury foothills or the Opening of the Duck Shooting Season gazetted the same weekend.  In either case registrants will be notified ASAP via email & event deferred 

 

BEE THERE OR BEE SQUARE!

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OK Guys .....   The light is low and the fire glowing as a frost settles on the valley an me an' the dogs are doing a bit of scheming.

If we could get an idea of numbers  who might want to come and talk Bee Stuff on a cool evening with a  spit roast of wild pork and venison , perhaps you could give Maggie a heads up, an then I can give an old friend who plays a fiddle quite nicely a heads up .... if you get my drift .

We got most of the spit roast sorted....

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By the look of that stag, you are not planning on many to be there for a feed.

It looks a bit on the thin side.

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Too much antler growth and not enough body weight .. I doubt he could lift his head off the ground if he wanted to 

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February death.   1080, drought or lead poisoning ? Or wot?

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7 hours ago, YTB8TA270 said:

February death.   1080, drought or lead poisoning ? Or wot?

Forgot to breathe?

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8 hours ago, YTB8TA270 said:

February death.   1080, drought or lead poisoning ? Or wot?

I think it was lead poisoning ....  night shot that ws'nt spot on.

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1 hour ago, jamesc said:

I think it was lead poisoning ....  night shot that ws'nt spot on.

Bummer. Stopped it eating ya grass but. A couple of em can sure eat the guts out of a paddock ova a week. Robbing deer are as bad as robbing bees.

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you could fed the bush by its tail to vegans as "venison rubbed"meat free salad

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Posted (edited)
On 20/05/2020 at 3:58 PM, Dennis Crowley said:

you could fed the bush by its tail to vegans as "venison rubbed"meat free salad

Excellent idea.  No vegans etc yet registered, although all welcome - note dietary requirements when registering.  One or two regos trickling in daily from Central Otago, Mid Canterbury, Nelson - so it looks like a multi-regional/inter-island educational/catch-up/social enjoyable event.  All denominations & musical instruments welcome!  

 

If anyone thinking of bringing camper van etc, there are a few spaces available - first in, gets the space.  

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Aah Ted .... why do u like to stir sht so much.

The We is the royal We ....

What I do in my business sometimes goes against the grain of mainstream....

But what I do see is honey sitting in my shed thst we extracted for other people... some of it is three years old now.

They have the luxury of full time jobs but don’t have the luxury of discretionay income to set up a marketing strategy.

They are commidity producers and are shell shocked at the low prices that have cramped their dreams.

Essentially We too are commodity producers... but won’t sell at the prices being offered and as such are following other avenues.

The song is still the same.

 

And I will repeat again.... the marketing lore according to JimmyC is that if a  half kilo of honey sits on the shop shelf at $8.00 ... then the return to the producer has historically been the same price but for a kilo.

If the price being offered bulk today for clover is in the mid four bucks per kilo... then both the producer and consumer are getting ripped off.

 

Come and have a chat at Maggies queen raising social.... I found a spit roast that can take a pig and a venni plus a basket load of spuds.

The only thing I’m no good at is making cheesecake.

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1 hour ago, jamesc said:

Come and have a chat at Maggies queen raising social.... I found a spit roast that can take a pig and a venni plus a basket load of spuds.

The only thing I’m no good at is making cheesecake.

Air NZ had some cheap flights available Tauranga/chCh last week.  Maybe there's still some left

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5 hours ago, jamesc said:

Aah Ted .... why do u like to stir sht so much.

The We is the royal We ....

What I do in my business sometimes goes against the grain of mainstream....

But what I do see is honey sitting in my shed thst we extracted for other people... some of it is three years old now.

They have the luxury of full time jobs but don’t have the luxury of discretionay income to set up a marketing strategy.

They are commidity producers and are shell shocked at the low prices that have cramped their dreams.

Essentially We too are commodity producers... but won’t sell at the prices being offered and as such are following other avenues.

The song is still the same.

 

And I will repeat again.... the marketing lore according to JimmyC is that if a  half kilo of honey sits on the shop shelf at $8.00 ... then the return to the producer has historically been the same price but for a kilo.

If the price being offered bulk today for clover is in the mid four bucks per kilo... then both the producer and consumer are getting ripped off.

 

Come and have a chat at Maggies queen raising social.... I found a spit roast that can take a pig and a venni plus a basket load of spuds.

The only thing I’m no good at is making cheesecake.

Ha ha - just trying to keep you honest!!  I truly hope you get your $8!!  Would love to come down for a yarn but am allergic to Speight’s and don’t like the cold!!😉

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7 hours ago, Ted said:

Would love to come down for a yarn but am allergic to Speight’s and don’t like the cold!

Hmm... such a wise person, but a sensitive soul

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Aieaah .... @Ted surfaces every so often and pokes fun .... but has a grasp on historical posts or the memory of an Elephant .....  Sometimes I wonder if he is a closet Stalker .....

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50 minutes ago, jamesc said:

Aieaah .... @Ted surfaces every so often and pokes fun .... but has a grasp on historical posts or the memory of an Elephant .....  Sometimes I wonder if he is a closet Stalker .....

Funny you say that - my nickname at school was elephant (or was that donkey)??  I don’t think it had anything to do with my memory though!!😉. Can assure you Jimmy boy - I have much better things to do than stalking you.  

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Well, from midday 29th we can go onto larger gatherings.  And according to Jacinda, this is a most "permissive" allowance.  So, we look forward to more registrations for this function!  Looking good for a great function on 14 June.  

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Very heavy clover flow 10.00 a.m finisher hive

Top Bar: Day 1

Middle Bar: Day 4

Both bars lots of royal jelly

Bottom Bar: Used cells for recycling - cleaning & warming

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That's a nice photo .... I think I could learn a thing or two, like having the cell cups prepped on the bottom bar.  

Never saw that before !

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It sounds like an amazing gathering and in any other year I would be tempted. The mainland is a magical place and the whole event sounds like fun (except for the pumpkin).

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Once I get onto a main flow, I use recycled cups.  New cups early spring, and the last couple of weeks in March.  Although on the main flow if I forget to use recycled cups, I know that the new cups only have to be in the starter for four hours; but that is on a main flow

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Just now, john berry said:

It sounds like an amazing gathering and in any other year I would be tempted. The mainland is a magical place and the whole event sounds like fun (except for the pumpkin).

We would love to see you John.  What is different this year?  If you study AirNZ flights, you should be able to get a good priced ticket.  I am sure we can do the meet/greet etc with some warning at the airport.  

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Just now, Maggie James said:

We would love to see you John.  What is different this year?  If you study AirNZ flights, you should be able to get a good priced ticket.  I am sure we can do the meet/greet etc with some warning at the airport.  

bring whatever you grow in the Nth Is.  As long as it is suitably impressive.  We don't want negatively impressive

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18 minutes ago, Maggie James said:

We would love to see you John.  What is different this year?  If you study AirNZ flights, you should be able to get a good priced ticket.  I am sure we can do the meet/greet etc with some warning at the airport.  

Your will need to make it the day prior, cos on the day it will take me an hour to get to Whitecliffs

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Sorry Maggie but I'm still sort of half in the bubble at the moment and the thought of getting on a plane does not appeal. I know they are claiming that planes are bastions of fresh air and cleanliness but more often than not one I have flown  anywhere I have got crook for my sins. Flying and chicken pies , risky business.

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