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  1. 5 points
    Well , of course we are living in harmony and marveling at the industriousness of the little critters, but the fact is that the RMP is about extracting facilities and seeing as we only extract once a year, why do we need two audits, one in the middle of winter when the extracting room is closed down, the casuals gone back to Eastern Europe and the machinery pulled apart for maintenance, and no, I don't think we can run a box through to show you the procedure, you saw that a couple of months ago. So the audit comes down to the paperwork, but that was also gone through six months ago too and nothing has changed. The crop is sold, gone on a container and what will be will be. In the thirty years we have been putting honey into shipping containers we have never heard back from our buyer that there was a problem with our product. And generally the same buyer has been buying our product. VTNZ has a grading system for transport operators ..... the shonky ones get brownie points knocked off thier rating and suffer the consequences. Small time bee operators do not warrant a twice yearly inspsection .... this is purely an income generating scheme, and like the school kids in the US today, we need to stage a mass walkout and remind the powers that be as to who exactly it is who puts the honey on their bread.
  2. 4 points
    Tested it in front of the hives before putting too many baitstations up.
  3. 4 points
    glass is the way. I think we have to return to it and value it's qualities. it's natural, well known, reusable, recyclable, does not release poisons in waters/soil/air, does not contaminate it's content, can go through unlimited numbers of sterilisation, can be properly cleaned at home, never leaks and can be sealed airtight, whitstands UV, acids and alkalines, scratches and extreme temperatures (to a point) and holds its qualities for thousands of years. Glass does not break up to tiny floating particles as plastic therefore it's not threatening the water ecosystems. Glass containers are with us for 3500 years now, the first ones from Mesopotamia/ancient Egypt. Making glass needs heaps of energy but the product stores that energy during it's life cycle and it's at the same price as plastic. (give or take)
  4. 3 points
    I have no problem with the need to keep extracting rooms clean and tidy but honey is not milk or meat. There is also the idea of equivalency where one country shouldn't ask another country to do more than they do with their own produces. I also have trouble accepting the extremes some of these inspectors make extractors go through when at the same time they approve that system where you just scrape the frames off in the middle of a cow paddock. The simple answer and what should have been done in the first place is to put honey in the same category as fruit and vegetables not meat and milk.
  5. 3 points
    Report them to the police complaints authority, similar with what happened up north, until they were reported on they were dragging their feet, once that happened they got interested.
  6. 3 points
    Just checked the wasp traps. No bees are in them but no wasps either. However, I didn't see any wasps at all, so maybe the vespex has done the trick. We can only hope.
  7. 3 points
    Agree totally. Our last Audit we were actually extracting, first time in about 4 audits!! The boys were not wearing hair nets (both have No 1's) and she complained but I said the Health and Safety for my boys is more important. It gets up to 40 deg in the room and we certainly know we've done a full day in there. She says "can't you put air con in there" um no we need to keep it warm for the honey to keep moving, she had no idea how things work. We've had honey buyers visiting who have said we have the cleanest shed in NZ that they have seen so that's what matters to us. We are due our next audit shortly but will be finished extracting by then so things won't have changed since last Audit.
  8. 2 points
    I really like the wax cardboard containers honey used to be in . Does anyone still supply them ?
  9. 2 points
    Does this apply ? https://www.idealmagazine.co.uk/how-honey-can-help-your-sex-life/ oops, nearly got wrong emoticon ...
  10. 2 points
    How long are the cardboard strips lasting ? The 3x paper tape laminate will go more than a month, Pams cloth are now history for me, they were a stepping stone though IMO it is almost impossible to put too many OA/GL strips in providing the strip material does not drip the mix out Im putting a 50mm wide FD strip in every seam as well as strips above. I spent the morning feeding and am very happy with my Hives so far After a while Ive come to see this OA/GL strip as a ticket to great hives but I would caution that the efficacy may well be in the overall application method For me that method includes what would once have been excessive doses in multiple boxes and multiple season applications. The total overall surface area of treatments in my double box hives is .33 of a square meter which is about 10% of the total frame area of a two box hive I am looking forward to Randy Oliver's next update.
  11. 2 points
    Jason you can split off the queen cells, or even the young queens after they have mated but before the old queen is gone. However if you stop the nucs completely from superseding you will probably find those nucs going queenless through winter, my own experience is the bees are usually right. Only main time the bees are wrong is when the beekeeper has created some artificial condition in the hives that makes the bees think there is something wrong with the queen. But in a normally running mixed age hive, if the bees want to supersede it's best to let that happen.
  12. 1 point
    I will eventually use the petrol pump for the ute only and use a spa pool pump for mixing at home. 3hp single phase spa pump moves a lot of water and can handle the thick syrup, they also have good internals having been designed to deal with chlorine etc or salt water based water treatment.
  13. 1 point
    Dan natural sugar will give you a black IBC for free or about 50 bucks for a clear one
  14. 1 point
    Put our Vespex out today. Wasps went straight for it - even watched some flying away with bits hopefully in the direction of their nest.
  15. 1 point
    I find the best place for vespex is on the ground that is where the wasps are. i don’t have much luck on top of the hives unless the place is teeming with them
  16. 1 point
    All my home hives are really strong and have around 6 frames of brood. The Ivy growing along the fence has been the contributor to this burst in brood rearing I think. The outcome of this has been all of the hives are near empty of feed and very low on stored pollen. There is a heap of pollen coming in but it must be being fed to the brood straight away. All these hives had had 10 litres of syrup each over the last 5 days and there isn’t even a full frame to show for it. Today while working on a hive box order in the workshop I was able to set up my sugar syrup mixing while I was working. Yay no more mixing in a 50 litre bin and hanging on to the end of an electric drill with a paint mixer attachment. A real time saver, all it needs is another ball valve tap to reduce the flow to bypass it out the feed/fill hose. The next purchase will be a tank for the back the ute and plumb it all up with the petrol pump. Anyone have a cheap 250 litre tank they want to sell! ?
  17. 1 point
    I don’t remember what where when and how but I do remember the powers that be decided bee products should go under the same umbrella as animal products and from then on we have had to comply with the same rules and regs as someone processing meat. you can’t tell me that honey needs the same set of regulations as raw meat does. snap @john berry
  18. 1 point
    Its not about what end of food safety it is, it is all the same when it comes to being a food that you want to sell onto the open market internally or overseas. We are in the food business, we have just chosen beekeeping and the sale of honey to be the method that we use to produce that food, unless of course you do not sell any product produced of your hives for human consumption, then you may have appoint. I'm sorry but this notion that beekeeping is in harmony with the center of the earth and we are doing GODs will and should be exempt from responsibility for any methods we choose to produce the nectar of the gods as we are one with nature and people should just be grateful doesn't cut it. Just as we expect all the other food we eat to be clean and safe as well.
  19. 1 point
    I disagree @Dennis Crowley honey is at the lowest end of the scale when it comes to food safety.
  20. 1 point
    None of us like to pay any amount to bureaucrats, but people you seem to forget that you are in a food processing environment. They should be able to walk into your processing room any time of the year and it still be up to scratch, like in many other food processing plants. Lucky you only have two audits, some industries have more. Stop looking at it as a bill, but as a person who you pay to make sure your processors are up to spec so you can have a clean product that is worth the money too want to get paid for. Its not "what's expected but what's inspected" that counts. Now I don't have an extraction premises, but I also pay for that bill in my extraction bill and I dam well want to make sure your plant is up to spec and audited so I know that I too have a clean and valuable product to sell.
  21. 1 point
    Supersedure is normal and you should have just left them to get on with it. They know what they are doing. Using cells from such a hive is probably all right but there must be some risk that the Queen was being replaced because she was genetically abnormal. The bees will probably try again.
  22. 1 point
    Oh.It seems I've been cleaning up the wrong way after a day of extracting honey.
  23. 1 point
    A local beekeeper had a truck load of hives stolen from a property they had permission to be on by another beekeeper from out of the district who believed he had the right to be on the same land. These hives were just dumped on the side of the road. Despite the police been given all the information and them saying they were acting on the complaint further follow-up found they were doing nothing and had never intended to do anything. I am a huge supporter of the police and had many police friends when I was in search and rescue for years but this sort of thing really brings them into disrepute.
  24. 1 point
    That is worth a letter to The Minister of Police and the local rag - even now sometime later.
  25. 1 point
    Yeah I certainly don’t know why in this case. All anatomy is in tact. In fact she’s long plump and looks strong. Plus good laying. Strange..
  26. 1 point
    I’m a beginner but that doesn’t sound good. From egg to hatching is about 16 days and mating and laying takes a further couple of weeks. From your description it sounds like an uncapped queen cell? Capping happens at about day 9, so it’s a about a month after that before you can open up and hope to have a laying queen. Can you combine the frames with a stronger hive (after a thorough disease check?). They certainly need to be brought down to an appropriate sized hive. The entrance needs to be reduced right down to be tiny (1 bee at a time going in or out). Any ideas as to why they are so weak? Disease? Robbing?
  27. 1 point
    People are interested and thats why you dont hear of Oasis foam being used any more Oasis Foam is an ideal material to use as a delivery medium but its a genuine can of worms and sensible Beeks realize that. OA/GL on the other hand are substances that are already in wide use globally and IMO represent a low risk of causing harm or being subsequently banned from use
  28. 1 point
    absolutely. there was some extremely big and embarrassing cases of the police not allocating resources because lack of reports of the problem, because people where not reporting the problem because police would not do anything due to lack of resources. sadly some police ignore reports to make it look like they are doing a good job within their budget, which keeps the higher ups happy. so make sure you report it and let the govt worry about the cost.
  29. 1 point
    One thing it's better to put the camera facing the drive way it does you no good watching some dirt bag go through your hives all done up in a suit. But a nice shot of a ute and reg worth gold
  30. 1 point
    It's the principle of the matter ..... two six monthly audits where nothing has changed . . What are we .... a bunch of leemings who are happy to be dictated to by a bunch of shiny suits who have never experienced the sweat running down their brow and burning their eyes , or the sheer joy of that first cold one that eases away the dryness at the back of the throat and weary back .... I could go on . Two six monthlies .... it 'aint right Brother. If it was aonce a year i could run up a bigger Tab...... or take a holiday.
  31. 1 point
    Here are the results of sugar shakes on a two box hive over the last month. Treated with Bayverol in the Spring, OA/Gly strips on October 9th. OA/Gly strips then went in again on Feb 8th, three strips 45cm * 3cm wide hanging over the top of the frames - so effectively six single strips. The strips were two frames apart in brood in the centre of the frame. Each strip contains approx 10grams of oxalic acid. Feb 8: 7 Feb 21: 5 Feb 25: 1 March 2: 3 March 10: 8 So based on these numbers, and what I'm seeing elsewhere, it seems that the treatment is holding the mites in check but no more. There is something else interesting about this hive, see in the photo. A daughter to be proud of.
  32. 1 point
    I seem to recall @Dave Black posted a modified Pettis which he adapted (based on strip dosage) to Bayvarol (current method are for Apistan) . No, resistance in varroa is not just epigenetic (ie chemical modification of DNA letters) . . . . all the resistance found to date has been in a very localised region (within a few DNA letters). To date, these mutations have not been found in NZ. If anyone has 'resistant' varroa (and placed their strips actually in the brood !) then please drop us a line (info@dnature.co.nz). We have some prototype tests to rapidly detect Apistan/Bayvarol resistance that we currently have in development phase
  33. 1 point
    No but ... seriously. I was poking my nose into survivor bees this evening while loading them up for the Big Shift, and marvelling at the amount of bees in them. With the brood box they are four high and are choka with the crawling critters right into the top box. Healthy bees. But of course now is the time of year when the population starts to decline and the mite percentage grows. So ..... will gib tape laminate carry enough O/A to sort the mite problem into the winter, because if so it will free up enough cash to enable us to participate in next years 'Dusty Butt" down south.
  34. 0 points
    Similar containers are still available occasionally but I remember when my father stopped using them a long long time ago and it was not because he wanted to but because the manufacturers refused to make them any more. I use small starch cups for honey samples at the farmers market but I strongly doubt their lasting ability and I can tell you that if you leave them out in the sun for very long they melt.
  35. 0 points
    Manuka and honey dew are often found together in honey around here. honey dew is super high in antioxidants and we all know the amazing benefits of eating a teaspoon of Manuka honey every morning...combine the two and BAM you have a super food.
  36. 0 points
    Oh crikey ..... I had one of those 303's once. Bought for $99 at gun city and never hit a thing with it. Looked the part though !
  37. 0 points
    The only way to work out why they superseded is to ask the bees. Please post their answer so we can all find out
  38. 0 points
    That is of course provided you dont fall off a cliff on the way down @jamesc !
  39. 0 points
    Wonderfull ..... There's always a great sense of achievement going down from the mountain top !
  40. -1 points
    Just off the top of my head I think it $4500 just to start the exacting plant up with the two adit cost and mpi export levies ( export )
  41. -1 points
    Nope no up and go here I hate to think what I will feel like at 60 if I feel like I do at ....21
  42. -3 points
    I would certainly listen to what the police have to say, but through my experience dealing with the police about stolen hives, I would regard anything they say as a load of c__p. My hives were stolen from a site with a padlocked gate, and when I reported it to the local station I was told that they were not interested and it was not worth doing the paper-work on. I was out of pocket $3,850. Then, a couple of years later I had all my breeder hives at my farm, and a neighbour set up a poison trap behind his house (using honey and an unknown poison mixed in), and over 24 hrs killed all my hives. I had to burn everything, cost : $120,000 +. Of course I went to the local constabulary, and got the same response as before, then went to Dunedin Central with photos, bee samples, samples of comb and floor from where the bees land. The useless bas___ds had the same response as the Mosgiel station, they couldn't care less. I asked them what their response would be if I went onto a farm and killed $120,000 of stock, and they said that I'd be locked up fast! Then I asked them what is the difference between stock and bees? "Bees are just insects, we are not going to waste our time and resources over insects". The following year I had some hives at my farm scattered in groups around the workshop (I don't live there), there were only about 45 hives. This time they were poisoned by an unknown powder poured directly onto the entrances, I think it was Carbaryl. They didn't die as fast. Again down to the cop shop (Central) with samples, same response. But to rub salt into the wound ,they thought it was funny and laughed about it. So, you can guess how I feel about the police. Maybe the police up north take beehive theft more seriously, but down here it's a joke. Because of these last two poisoning incidents I now am selling my business and farm so I can pay off my debts that I have incurred due to the losses of hives. I feel that the police down here need to be investigated by an outside agency, for cases like mine and overwhelming corruption that seems to be the norm down here.
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