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  2. No grafting here in this neck of the woods next week!
  3. Aaron got a pic of that please
  4. I didn't realise that @john berry. I wonder if Almond oil would be effective? What about the liquid smoke type product? I haven't used it so far.
  5. Canterbury Hub Beekeepers’ Day Out, Lincoln University May 2019: We were incredibly lucky to have two speakers from the South Island Honey Bee Venom Desensitisation Programme. This was followed by analysis of – are ACC honey bee sting claims, increasing with hive numbers. Below are the speaker abstracts for these two presentations, followed by editorial written by Rae Butler, VSH Specialist Ashburton HONEY BEE VENOM ALLERGY AND TREATMENT Abstract: The Immunology service at Christchurch Hospital provides an outpatient-based service and regularly receives referrals of patients who have had anaphylaxis for assessment. This talk will touch on anaphylaxis diagnosis and treatment, bee sting reactions, the role of laboratory testing and our experience with bee venom desensitisation. Biography: Dr Ignatius (Iggy) Chua trained in London, United Kingdom and was appointed Consultant Immunologist at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board in 2015. His clinical practice involves seeing patients with autoimmunity, immunodeficiency and allergy. His other role is as an immunopathologist in Canterbury Health Laboratories, CDHB and has oversight on laboratory tests related to autoimmunity, immunodeficiency and allergy. Biography: Maija-Stina Out, Registered Nurse, works in the Immunology Department alongside Dr Chua. Once people have been offered venom desensitisation Maija-Stina arranges for this to be done in the Christchurch Hospital Medical Day Unit. Maija-Stina will share what people can expect to happen during desensitisation. Maija-Stina Out trained in Auckland, moving to the Mainland 16 years ago. Initially working in the Medical Day Unit, developing an interest in allergy. Maija-Stina’s role as the only adult Immunology/Allergy Nurse in the South Island was created five years ago. WHO’S GETTING STUNG? HAVE ACC BEE STING CLAIMS DOUBLED WITH DOUBLING NZ HIVE NUMBERS? Abstract: A summary of ACC statistics and NZ Apiary Register hive numbers 2009-2018. Maggie James, queen cell and queen bee producer, 12 years ago successfully completed the honey bee desensitisation programme at Christchurch Hospital. Available as handouts: *Bee Stings and Prevention pamphlet, written by Maggie James *Clinical Immunology Allergy and Prevention handout. HONEY BEE VENOM ALLERGY AND TREATMENT Dr Ignatius Chua (Consultant Immunopathologist from the Canterbury Health Laboratories, Christchurch Hospital) and Maija-Stina Out (Allergy Nurse, Christchurch Hospital) spoke for 40 minutes, followed for 20 minutes by Maggie James (queen breeder extraordinaire and Canterbury Hub Secretary) shedding some light on the hypothesis ‘Are beekeepers’ spouses and/or offspring more prone to bee venom allergies than the general public?’ Beekeepers’ spouses and/or offspring are more prone to bee venom allergies than the general public because they are more exposed to dry, airborne bee venom off the beekeeper’s body, overalls, vehicles and beekeeping equipment. Instead of this exposure building up an immunity, it can in some cases have the opposite effect where the person develops an allergy that is life threatening, especially when subjected to a bee venom sting. Exposure to bee venom by family members therefore should be kept at a minimum, precautions such as clothing worn during beekeeping should be washed separately to normal day wear (or ideally in a different washing machine), along with other controls. When asked, Dr Ignatius Chua could not be drawn into any discussions on the reasons why—or even if—allergy instances were higher in the family of beekeepers. Dr Chua did touch on anaphylaxis diagnosis and treatment, bee sting reactions, the role of laboratory testing and bee venom desensitisation, which helped endorse the hypothesis. He also reiterated that beekeepers themselves may be at risk. Dr Chua explained that when a person is exposed to an allergen (in this case an insect sting), their immune system protects their body from an infection by triggering the production of antibodies called Immunoglobulin E (IgE). These antibodies (IgE) travel about the body and cause other cells to release chemicals that in turn cause symptoms, most often in the nose, lungs, throat, sinuses, ears, stomach lining or on the skin. An allergic reaction can take seconds to several hours to develop into symptoms such as generalised hives, itching or flushing, and swollen lips-tongue-uvula. The person is having a severe allergic (anaphylaxis) reaction if these conditions are compounded with at least one of the following: respiratory problems: shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, stridor (vibration noise when breathing) blood pressure issues: collapsing, passing out end-organ dysfunctions: stomach cramps, vomiting, incontinence. If a person with a bee venom allergy is exposed to the allergen, it may not necessarily cause a reaction at first. However, the person’s cells have been triggered to produce IgE, making the body sensitive to the venom; therefore, even minor future exposures to the allergen may produce an allergic reaction. All immune systems are different; some produce Immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies that offer immunity to the allergens, and others produce IgE at varying levels of allergy reaction. The IgE can be measured from lower end risk to severe (which can be fatal), but no test is available that predicts the severity of a reaction. Reactions to bee stings vary widely and anyone can have an anaphylaxis attack. Those more at risk of having an anaphylaxis attack from a bee sting may already suffer from asthma and eczema, recent anaphylaxis, heart disease, diabetes or other skin and internal organ issues. Other identified risks are the infrequency of bee stings (fewer than 15 stings a year), spring season and the first year in beekeeping. We know how, why and what to do if individuals have an allergic reaction to a bee sting, but we do not know exactly when an allergic reaction will generate into an anaphylactic attack. There is a 3–5% chance of an anaphylactic reaction; beekeepers should identify this as a fairly high risk and have a health and safety management plan in place. Part of the management would be to reduce exposure to bee stings, carry emergency treatments that can be self-medicated and venom immunotherapy. If a mild allergic attack treated with antihistamine extends to respiratory, blood pressure or organ dysfunction problems, apply adrenaline, lie down with feet up so blood can get to the brain and seek medical assistance. Always know where your closest ambulance base is and carry adrenaline; the most user-friendly form is an EpiPen®. Adrenaline has a short expiry time and must be kept at a consistent temperature between 15–25°C. Do not refrigerate: if adrenaline is not stored appropriately it will lose its effectiveness. Only severe cases are considered for immunisation. A GP consultation is required, and certain criteria must be met to attain funding for the treatment. Even though it reduces the frequency of an anaphylaxis reaction by 10 times, there is a chance it does not induce tolerance, the waiting time can be several months, it involves multiple injections, holds potential for further anaphylaxis reactions and it is very supply dependent. Maija-Stina Out reiterated that at the Allergy Clinic at Christchurch Hospital, the immunisation treatment involves multiple injections of low-dose venom in one day, over the first week fewer injections daily but stronger doses, then weekly doses of up to the equivalent of two bee stings for four weeks. Patients are closely monitored at the hospital and treatments are adjusted according to tolerance levels. Once reactions to the bee venom are stabilised, the patient’s GP will carry on with monthly treatments for three years, taking approximately 20–50 injections to attain tolerance. Medical-grade bee venom is processed under medical regulatory authority requirements. The bees are squeezed between two panes of glass, and the venom is collected in certified amounts and graded. New Zealand does not produce medical-grade bee venom and buys it from Spain. Spanish reserves are under strain due to the Australia and the USA having their own production issues. In general, the number of people immunised is related to the supply of medical-grade bee venom. Approximately 10 people are immunised for insect stings a year, 80% are for bee venom and 20% for wasp venom. These low figures are indicative of a shortage in medical-grade bee venom. WHO’S GETTING STUNG? HAVE ACC BEE STING CLAIMS DOUBLED WITH DOUBLING NZ HIVE NUMBERS? Maggie James’ talk also emphasised the need to increase public awareness of the seriousness and speed of anaphylaxis deterioration after a bee sting. Since 2009/10, beehive numbers have increased 137% from 374,953 to 888,400 in 2017/18. In that same timeframe, the number of ACC claims for bee stings rose 113% from 3020 to 6426. From the 2017/18 figures, 80.6% of the claims were laid in the North Island (of which 25.3% were from the Auckland region only). Overall, 6.92% were work claims, 66.25% were bee stings in the home environment and 4% led to an anaphylaxis reaction. Consistently over the nine years surveyed, bee sting claims were not gender specific but the largest age claim bands were for those aged five to 14 years. The fact-stacked PowerPoint was entertaining but had a serious message: beekeepers are paying high ACC levies of $2.69 for every $100 earned—is this amount relative to today’s beekeeping environment? Work claims, lost productivity days and fatalities were minimal, and there is an increased industry health and safety awareness for the beekeeping workforce and public safety. Much of the physical work has been replaced with hydraulic equipment, bees have been genetically improved for temperament, and improved drug and alcohol awareness. Do these factors outweigh the long truck hauls shifting hives, the difficult terrain some sites are on, increased numbers of hobbyist beekeepers, and risk of an allergic reaction? What is evident from the messages provided by all three speakers is the need to continue educating and promoting awareness to the general public by ACC and the New Zealand bee industry about the need to be prepared for an anaphylaxis reaction, especially amongst our most vulnerable: our children. In my view, there is an opportunity for ACC, Ministry of Health and industry to facilitate the production of medical bee venom for the domestic market. Ours is a small industry; most of us will know someone who has undergone a bee venom immunisation procedure or experienced a tragic anaphylactic fatality.
  6. Hi. Those of you who helped with thier comments may like to know that the outcome of getting a new pure sine wave 1000w inverter solved the problem entirely. I also wrapped the heated bowl in heat wrap, one metre of it, $6 from repco. It now heats quicker, reheats faster and would appear to use less power. Thanks.
  7. Benzaldehyde burns both figuratively and literally. I would never apply to exposed skin and it would be pretty doubtful on clothing as well.
  8. Those are Godly frames, every time you see one you yell out oh Jesus Christ not another one.
  9. wear benzaldehyde and you,ll keep everyone away
  10. "Beequick" is at least partly Almond extract which I think would be worth a try. Not that unpleasant and I would think it would only need to be a smear or two on exposed skin.
  11. Beekeepers use the product 'Bee Quick" when trying to get bees our of their suppers before harvest. This may assist in keeping bees away!
  12. This patent suggests using teatree oil and benzaldehyde (almond extract) as a topical bee repellent. You might want to research it a bit more before trying it though.
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  14. 2 bucks ....not quite as good as honey ..... but youknow ...
  15. I’d used to take two dogs for a walk very close by an apiary, the dark brown labrador was frequently attacked or chased by bees if she wandered to close to a hive but the white dog was left alone.
  16. Just to the right of the pupal tongue cell is a vague image (in the bottom of the next cell) of a creepy ferret face smirking up at us all! Must be the light huh or the time of night perhaps.....
  17. Good scheme! My dawg is large...$ per kilo boned out, bagged and frozen? 😊
  18. Went out and fetched the selected starter hive today, three boxes of bees, and when I cracked it open I broke apart a good amount of drone brood - no mites in there. The Queen will go into a nuc in the next few days and will be one of the breeders to be grafted from - first graft scheduled for August 26th.
  19. Oh .....😘... Yeah nah ..... pretty quite on the shop front..... the chinese are rioting and not into buying honey ..... a few other clients are negotiating but not prepared to pay the price .... and I have run out of cunning plans..... for the time being. Must be that i've run out of money and had to limit my Doctor's visits. On another thought, I'm watching the news and the gaming industry looking for Gvt funding to grow a growing industry. I've heard that before somewhere ..... did'nt the Gvt want to grow the honey industry a few years ago ...... where are they now when the crap has hit the fan ..... I know one thing for sure ..... I'd prefer a honey sandwich to a computer game sandwich.
  20. Cos you already got plenty honey, unless your shop till's running red hot.
  21. We began using staples this time last year so have now completed a full year using only 40% staples for controlling varroa.
  22. In your case I'd hang fire for 12 months !
  23. I thunk my quandry is that if the recommendation is to not take meat til four months after the poisoning operation ..... what then with honey ..... should we hang fire from placing bees for four months as well ?
  24. I should have said directly below and slightly to the right of the cell with AFB pupal tongue is a cell with AFB scale. Although there are other cells with scale this is the easiest to see.
  25. @Stoney did you treat with staples the previous spring or is this autumn / winter treat,ent the first time the staples have been used in your hives ?
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