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    When you do the course you will get lots of information and make contacts in your area. Then you will get a good idea of opportunities where you are.
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    All this is easy doable, but cost of transffer to this who will pay me here - no one. Also the reasonable price for such honey would pay me no one here. After all I have to be a millionaire to afford such extravaganza.. Cause from month to month you struggle to survive and take care for family all this sounds like snobbism. With ever present good beekeeping practice I have high quality honey and top health of colonies. I personally doubt there is any or significant difference of honey quality and safety to people of this bio and my "non bio".. It is more advertisement to me..
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    i think the big difference between my management and others around here is that i never "force" them into brood raring or pollen collecting by feeding. but also my selection for breeders is very conservative. i rather pick a hive that brings in a good crop with a small bee number than a super crop with a huge number. and i want to see an early brood stop in autumn. low turn over you could say. i can see that in areas blessed with plenty of pollen a fast turn over of bees fueled by sugar should be beneficial. it is probably easy to out breed any nosema problem with good weather and plenty of pollen. but i believe in my area the key is "not to rock the boat"
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    pretty hard to ignore if your hives are empty from one week to the next. i have been confronted with this of and on for 6 years now.. there were a few new guys that wanted to start beekeeping on my door step in the last few years and it wiped them out in a year or less. some of the traditional beekeepers around here only have bees left here cos they have been restocking them several times. one beek with depleted sites around here keeps telling me "nosema is a management issue" well, why doesn't he fix it than? there is areas on the coromandel where pollen is plenty and there the traditional management seems to be fine. in this area feeding sugar is very risky now, but it used to be ok the funny thing is swarming used to be a big problem here for big commercials. haven't seen a swarm for years now. wile i haven't worked it all out, i still get good crops - actually very good crops compared to my competition- and i have expending bee numbers. staying away from sugar has been an important factor i believe and you can take my advice or leave it.
  6. 3 points
    While visiting a rural Hastings property today on an unrelated matter I commented on some beehives I could see at the back of the property. The owner of the property told me that they had been abandoned for it least two years so I asked if I could do a quick inspection of them. The three hives and assorted junk had obviously been dead for several years so on discussion with the owner I took them home for disposal. It is impossible to tell what they died off as they are completely chewed out by mice but on close inspection when I got home I noticed some of the boxes looked familiar and it was pretty obvious where someone had ground out there ID numbers and filled it. I will return the boxes to their former owner if they want them but they would need a full foulbrood treatment. The owner of the property didn't know the name of the beekeeper and he may have got the gear of someone else anyway but abandoned hives left to be robbed out and almost certainly stolen boxes is not a good look.
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    I hear last week that 36 hives and 16 nuc were stolen from a site in wanganui behind a lock gate and the pallets were stack up nice and neat ,must had some time on there hands
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    Thanks. Just did the maths, at 23 per bag I'd be paying $920 a ton which is more. But the convenience of picking up whatever I want from them as I need it may outweigh the money I'd save on ordering a ton at a time.
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    Howdy swampy. If you find a honey kitchen down there theyll probably buy your honey as well .just keep what you want for yourself and friends.get it tested first. Your question was good.if you hive 5 hives you could end up with wellover 250 kg so yeah norhing like a bit of forward thinking and planning.norhing wrong with being keen.all the best
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    I think it was a legitimate beginners question.Thanks for your answer anyway
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    I think you're putting the cart before the horse a bit. Build & populate a couple of hives run them for a season & then worry about what to do with all your honey.
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    you are quite right there, Rob. but he's doing it for the bigger purpose. i kept some of this footage in case someone was planing to apply for a primosky import to nz.
  14. 1 point
    look here Single VS Double Brood Box | NZ Beekeepers Forum
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    I wonder if the "F" suit would still have it's super powers when it is under a bee suit.
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    You are welcome @M4tt Lets hope no more aussie chicks bump the show:mad:
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    Two wheeled variety I presume?
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    I was lucky i got special deal in February on 20 ton of sugar now I glad I did as the $ drop so I hope I don't have to buy before next year ,fingers cross
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    Yeah.. don't know where that came from actually, I think I will go and build some nuc boxes.
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    This reminds me of my kids, nothing better to do than stir. Come on spring
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