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    Hi, I have heard that Chinese Beeswax is mostly synthetic and made from Animal fats. Its causing big issues in Germany as the bees are avoiding it. As a retailer we get approached on a daily basis of offers of cheap beeswax from overseas. Its not legal here, it's in all our interests to discourage it coming here.
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    Just held pipe at outlet, can hold it just briefly before hand burns, so me thinks me all good, cheers I reckon a few others a checking hot water cupboards now
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    and I guess the twitch has seeded....1 years seeding makes 7 years weeding. Unless what you spray with is something that will deal with the seeds, its not going to be a 1 shot task. Suggestion....a wildflower patch to follow after the herbicide. Good luck
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    That is correct. A new beekeeper must notify the management agency of their apiary within 30 days. The agency will then issue them a beekeeper number and advise them of their obligations. Annual hive inspections must take place between 1 August and 30 November and the certificate of inspection submitted within 14 days. So imagine you picked up a Nuc in early November and advised the agency early December. You'll get your beekeeper number a couple of weeks later and won't be required to submit a certificate of inspection. The 12 month anniversary of your becoming a beekeeper is early the following November. If you've done a disease recognition course in the interim and been proactive in getting an approved DECA then you will be able to inspect your hive yourself during November. Regardless of the rules and timing you should be checking brood for disease every time you open a brood box. Join a club and look for opportunities to see inside hives other than your own. The best way to identify unhealthy brood is to see lots of healthy brood. Let others know when you'll be opening your hive as they might like to look over your shoulder.
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    That's interesting with the tape, I have some of both models and hadn't noticed that, I'll look! I like the new bases, and like Trev just keep one entrance open, seems plenty for them. Also figured out if you have some spare corflute you can relatively easily slip it into the slots underneath. If I had one complaint, it would be that it's a little trickier to center the hive straps. On the old bases the slot was a lot larger and you could wriggle the strap and it would fall into place. On the new one there are just two small ribs to center the strap. but that's a minor niggle.
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    Well that just ruined my evening, goggling now
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    Heating bees wax to 60C and keeping it at that temp for 100 years does not do any difference from a beekeeping point of view. Filtering the bees wax through any ocean sediment or "whatever earth" also does not do anything from a beekeeping point of view. It may refine it a bit and as a result it will have a nice yellow color. If the bees wax is a bit darker or greener, is because it was heated/melted at 90C or so while propolis was in the mix too(the propolis made it darker/greener - no problem with that). Normally it should be a beautiful yellow(when melting temp is max 75-80C, and that equals slow process). The clean bees wax usually is sterilized at 120C.
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    @Phil46 My honey is predominantly clover. Poor season for clover meant it was a lot darker due to bees sourcing other flowers this time. Photo of samples Right to left colour rating 46, 39, 35.
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    Clover has always been graded by taste and more particularly colour which means that light honey's such as thistle have often been mixed in with it. Areas that don't produce particularly pure clover often get round it by packing it as Clover blend. There has not been the price pressures to adulterate clover like there has on manuka. Clover was always the pre-eminent honey in New Zealand but these days tends to be looked upon as second-class which is a big mistake as is still a beautiful honey and in the comb it can be truly stunning.
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