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    My oldest (15 yrs old) is starting to get some recognition around the Waikato. She has been doing commissioned work of pets and wildlife. This one is getting picked up today. Colour pencil and acrylic.
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    Today I made a start removing Apivar strips and giving hives the general once over. Of the 25 hives around my house that I did, most are either bloodless or have a tiny patch of brood, and the queens are shrunk down to worker bee size. There is one exception which is my only single box hive that is completely out of sync. 8 frames have brood on them and there are still good drones emerging. They have good stores around the brood so they'll be ok. There is a good flow of dandelion nectar going in and all hives have added to the 22 kg per hive of sugar they got fed after the honey came off in mid Feb. The stores are heavier than normal, but the bee numbers are lower, which isn't a bad thing. There are still plenty there. I saw one varroa scurry over some brood and there are two hives still with residual DWV bees emerging, but the brood patterns are improved and the hives otherwise look healthy. I've noted to check these again. One hive acts queen less. Noted also. If they are, they will be fine till August and they'll get merged. Mid June will see me Oxalic dribble them all and I'll start taking boxes off to adjust hive size with bee numbers. Most are 3 boxes high at the moment, a combination of FD and 3/4, and they are emptying the bottom boxes out of honey and stored pollen and moving up.
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    Found this- Donkey Power.
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    Have just returned from a work trip overseas and had only looked at a couple of samples before I left. To date we have not found any of the 3 DNA changes associated with Apistan/Bayvarol resistance. We have more samples to test and once some new testing is cleared away then I'll be getting on with it - and trying out a new test I developed while overseas. We will also develop some new tests so that we can look wider in the varroa gene
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    Welcome to Gisborne @Christi An - there are quite a few beekeepers here. And even on the forum too - @Merk , @Daley (+1) and @Bron being a few others. We also have a meeting group that meets . . err. . . rarely, actually
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    Aaah the Glentunnel store.. from about 9yrs old I spent the next 15 yrs buying a pie every Saturday from that store. My uncle worked for McVicars Timber and we pighunted GlenArlie every Saturday without fail, also a few other spots surrounding it. The boars always had great hooks outta there... Mt Misery is rich in minerals. Sweet memories.
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    Charlie's Story. Charlie is a night owl. We'd pick him up at five in the morning for the trip to the coast, and by the time we got to the Glentunnel Store - 200m down the road from his dad;s house he was fast asleep. He was good company in the truck as I could crank the country tunes and got no complaints. He did'nt say much. We'd stop for breakfast in Hokitika. Not a lot of talk there either, until I started enquiring about what the'd been doing all night. Not sure if that's politically correct to ask an eighteen year old, but anyway ..... I could'nt shut him up. A big smile came on his face and he introduced me to his world ..... gaming online, fighting battles to save his planet ..... I told him there and then that if the bees were'nt for him , then how about learning how to make games. He looked at me accross the table as if I'd hit him with a baseball bat. A few days later we were taking more honey off . The truck was loaded and the bees were hell bent on getting their honey back. Charlie was despatched to open the gate. The gate never got opened. Charlie was leaning against the fence sobbing. Oh crap. What's happened ? "There's a bee in my viel .... I'm having a panic attack " "OK Charlie ... go climb in the ute. I'll get the gate." "There's more bees in the ute", he wailed. The bee yard we had done is called 'The Cemetery'. "Ok Charlie, take a walk . Out the gate, turn left down towards the cemetery and we'll pick you up. But whatever you do, don't go into the cemetery. You're far too young for that place yet " That was Charlie's last day with us. We stopped for lunch and he took his suit off and started walking home. Only home was quite a few K's away. We gave him a lift a couple of hours later. Yep. She's a hard road finding the perfect Man. Charlie will make it. he's a smart kid. Too smart to be a Beekeeper !!
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    Dansar .. that is remarkable. She's going to go a long way, that's a fact.
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    Haha not entirely. But it’s not as bad as some places. I think for the most part the people who live here are very down to earth and genuine, it’s probably one of few places left where appearances are less important. There really are all sorts when you walk down the main street and if you go to the supermarket on a Thursday your in for a real treat. There are some real characters who live here. Its a beautiful place, don’t have to go far to walk on the beach by yourself and you never get stuck in traffic. You could sit at one of the two sets of traffic lights through the entire green phase and I doubt anyone would honk. First city to see the light & home of all sauces chips.
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    If the seller had a DECA, start with cancelling that.
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    Yo.... I love those paintings of bees and yards done by an Otago artist ..... Hieght ? Nice price too.
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    a few years ago a mate of mine started to get a painting based on favourite tramping pictures commissioned annually from some local up-and-coming but yet to be charging much money artists. i'm now jealous of his art collection, and only slightly appeased by being in some of the paintings
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    So .... Kimosabhe .... predictions for next year ? If you made bees this year, then possibly next spring the market will be flooded with your nucs, I guess that price may firm, which leaves me scratching my head as to what to do with all my empty nuc boxes sitting in the shed ..... A while ago a friend gave us a book called "The Beehive Bible". Today being Sunday ,I am reading it. The uses for honey and wax are endless ....perhaps we open a health spa and offer lemon and honey face masks, Brazillian waxing followed by a boozy night on the Mead in the soft glow of beeswax candles and then offer the hangover remedy in the morning.
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    I love pics of apiary sites. theres some pretty nice paintings out there I would love to have hanging on my walls
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    Hey Guys! finally arrived here and just trying to settle in in Gisborne! Cheers Christian
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    Getting a decent price for honey has been wonderful (except for the overstocking). Being able to afford decent vehicles and not having to worry about how you're going to pay for sugar to keep your hives alive in a bad spring makes a nice change. I am an optimist when it comes to beekeeping but a pessimist when it comes to honey prices and I have found that in the long-term it pays to stick with one buyer even if you get a little bit less some years. This year I got the same price as last year which was the best I've ever had so I can't complain. When times get hard or there is a surplus of honey most of the established packers look after their regular suppliers especially if they are a producer packer because they have much more reason to keep the price up than a marketing company. With last years poor crop and this year is not being flash in a lot of places I can't see there being a huge surplus so people could hold onto it for a while and hope it goes up rather than selling cheap and bringing everybody else down. I've seen people make a lot of money by waiting till prices go up but then I have seen the opposite as well. As for keeping staff employed in winter that never used to be a problem. First of all you only ever had a holiday in winter and the rest of the time was spent making boxes and frames (from scratch) wax pressing and any other maintenance jobs that were going. You certainly couldn't afford to pay a tradesman to do something if you could do it yourself
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    heres another, good spot to stop for a coffee break
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    Definitely true. . . . . . .and you just said it Add to that, 5 minutes to work and even better, 5 minutes home again Affordable housing that's actually . . .affordable Great weather Home of our national arboretum (started 100 years ago by one of those characters Daley was talking about) top sports clubs. Friendly people Definitely opportunities here @Christi An - good luck
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    It makes it a little easier if you don't put a price on your time as well. Would take the sale of a fair few jars to cover the costs of running hives, equiptment, vehicles, extraction, packing, testing, labelling, red tape, storage, fees, transporting, insurance, to name a few... oh and labour for all of the above. Jeez someone remind me why I do it please
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    We love Gizzy. Most certainly like time travelling back 20 plus years, but with all the modern ‘needs’ . Although it’s a city , it’s more a rural town . And the waterfront is beautiful , pretty much everywhere
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    It makes life a little easier when you already have a stall at the local farmers maket lol
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    I love Gisborne, I have lived here all my life and I’ll never leave. But a lot of what people say about it is true.
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    Sounds exciting John, you da man!
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    I’ve never been to Nelson, but I have a feeling it’s not haha Gisborne isn’t like anywhere, it’s very special ? I will agree it’s like time travelling. Welcome to Gizzy @Christi An I hope you like it, it’s definitely very different in summer vs winter, winter most of the town goes to sleep virtually
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    Nelson is too expensive for hippies , only wealthy retired and middle class English live there now .
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    Everyone has to act within the law - including Doc. IF @jamesc has acted in good faith it is a matter of principle and there is no way should he accept their terms. Call their bluff and watch it all quietly disappear.
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    You aren’t the only one sitting at home listening to some tunes and tossing back some alcohol it’s going to be happening all around NZ right now I think we all knew this day would come but it doesn’t make it any easier. what surprises me the most is not only the low prices for non Manuka or even multi Manuka but the lack of interest in purchasing it at all. Even good Manuka is being low balled right now. is there more to it than just the Manuka standard I think maybe there is. we are just going to have to hunker down and do what we need to do to get by because a lot of people will be leaving the industry which will open up space for the rest of us as well as limiting the supply of honey for sale which will be a good thing. the biggest problem for those wanting out is what to do with the beehives there will be a huge amount of bees on the market come spring it’s not looking pretty. dairy, kiwi fruit, apples, berries, lamb, beef, pork poultry, and a myriad of others go through these swings and roundabouts frequently we just have to tighten up hold on and be there when the tide turns back in our favour again we both have done the $3-$4 honey so we know how to make it work at that level it’s just that we have been spoilt by the boom and have got used to the good prices. Beekeeping is such hard yakka and the season is so intense but it’s easier to cope with when prices are high. we’ll be right us South Islanders are pretty resilient!
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    DWV can exist on it's own. Having varroa does not mean you have DWV. Having DWV does not mean you have varroa. Not having deformed wings does not mean you do not have DWV. This is my understanding. However. If you see DWV then it is best to treat for varroa to help build healthy bees. Feed with vitamin supplements and pollen patties will help. IMHO.
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    I think a lot of it is worry Frazz. We work all hours of the day and the night in the season to make a crop to pay the bills and provide the food cheque for the guys who we employ to toil away and make it all happen ..... to produce a product that no one seems too enthused about. And it's not that we can just walk away from it and say "adios" and do something different. Bees are livestock and need tending to, win or lose.
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    Fortunately all my boxes are already branded but paint or permanent markers will I think also be acceptable. It just another piece of bureaucratic bumf which most of us will have to endure but the ones they are after will ignore. Net gain for honey quality zero net gain for traceability 0×1
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    One of my sites near egmont National Park in Taranaki
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    Truth is she'll have to have it all removed again at some point and end up messed up and thousands of dollars poorer. Don't know why people inflict these deformities on themselves.
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    the other thing is learn the basics first. put all your ideas on what you want to do on hold and go learn the basics. i see to many who go do organic, alternative hives, alternative treatments etc and they fail at doing the basics. your going to get a whole lot of people saying otherwise. that its so easy to do all the cool stuff. but the reality is thats not the case and having dead hive after dead hive really sucks and most certainly not beekeeping. learn the basics first.
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    Our biosecurity website includes a copy of our entry declaration. It says that you must declare all honeybee products and all equipment used with honey bees. That doesn't mean that you can't try to bring them in but it does mean that they're on our high risk list and failure to declare could cost you dearly. Once you have declared these items the biosecurity team will follow protocol to determine whether your items are okay, whether they require sterilisation or whether they will be destroyed. It could be a really big hassle at the end of a really long flight when all you want to do is go to sleep. It could also cost you several hundred dollars if you misinterpret what is acceptable and what is not. We don't have European Foulbrood or small hive beetle here so in general terms they won't let anything to do with bees through the border. Here in NZ we are well served by several very good beekeeping equipment suppliers. Since you are starting over I would suggest starting with all new gear. I don't know where in NZ you're planning to live but if you arrive with no beekeeping equipment and you can get to Wairarapa then I will gift you a colony of bees to get started. Safe travels
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    Use some that awesome currency conversion and make a donation so you can message them ??
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    Edited 1 hour ago by dansar Phone number deleted aah come on @dansar :-/ how am i to contact theese guys? :-/
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    exactly ! NZers are the only people in the world who dont have an accent ... its just that everyone else has one. Wowcim to nuwzullin
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    I've been there for a couple of bee conferences but never really seen much outside of the venue. The only things I really know about Gisborne is they have the best oranges in the world and apparently very brightly coloured babies.
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    Not out where I live .We are the west coast. It's expensive on the the east side where the wind don't blow and the sun always shines.
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    Thats exactly why I started too @Markypoo. But now they are more important than my single plum tree...?
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