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  1. When its done if it turns out ok-ish Ill make images available to those of you on this topic line who would find it useful. The details on each cell are tiny but hey I think 2mb images of each seasonal quarter might be adequate if people zoomed in to view each cell. Better than nothing. Eventually I’d like to see a future version go in display somewhere where beeks can see it in a science library of some sort. It’s not perfect, this one’s a draft. In the meantime it will go up in our own library. There will inevitably be things that need amending and future versions. But we’ll get there. It’s
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  2. @AFB PMP Management Agency it's really really great that you guys are here and communicative. Thank you.
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  3. Supply is restricted as it is for Tatua Dairy Company , which has the highest paid dairy farmers in the country. In fact, when you go onto a Dairy Goat Co op or Tatua farm, the vibe is a whole lot different than the rest of the farms in NZ. Restricting Supply is a small but very important part of both their strategy for success. It's not rocket science....... Don't produce more than you can sell . Keeping the market on the slightly hungry side, wanting , more will always be more successful for a long term business plan than oversupply and hoping for the best
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  4. Hi Guys, got the the results back for those interested. Multi Floral Manuka under MPI regulations. cheers
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  5. Sorry to keep banging on about the goat industry but it worth highlighting 2 points from their quota model. The first is if you do not do your quota then they have the discretion to charge you 1/3 of the payout on under supply. Second is the board have the discretion to redeem your shares for 1 cent in the dollar. So that stops anyone trying underhanded tactics like to put cow milk in the vat. To my knowledge neither cause has even been implemented. But you need sticks to keep people honest and for the co op greater good.
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  6. The Management Agency posting information on AFB outbreaks is a balancing act between informing the wider beekeeping community so that they can take action to manage the risk of AFB in their hives, versus protecting the privacy of the individuals concerned - not only because they have a right to privacy under the Privacy Act, but the Management Agency also has a moral responsibility to protect the beekeepers concerned and their families from bullying and harassment that can and does occur as a result of being identified as a result of experiencing a significant AFB outbreak.
    4 points
  7. Study's done in the 1960s by grasslands found that honeybees can and do pollinate red clover. BEHAVIOUR AND EFFECTIVENESS OF BEES IN POLLINATING LEGUMES I. W. FORSTER Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Oamaru The pollination requirements of red clover (T. pratense) have received much attention over the years. There does appear to be an accepted’natural affinity between bumblebees and red clover. This has created a strong impression that it is bumblebees and maybe bumblebees alone that effectively pollinated red clover. It is a fact that the tongue of the honeybee is se
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  8. And hand writing. Looks like diagrams for a bee book!
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  9. Katikati area has always been a poor producers after chirstmas. Terrible actually. I keep a few around Te Puna for making queen cells, and rubbish hives now. Never used them for cells and plenty of varroa. Lots of spring swarms last season, and probably re invasion galore. Tanners point has a lot of harbour water around it, and I guess the bees need to travel further to forage. Avoid feeding as long as possible- right now the weather is still hot/warm and all you do is encourage more brood production when you feed. You don't need a big hive going into winter in the Bay. If you do st
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  10. bottom vers top driven extractors. i can't say a lot with hobbyist extractors because they are small enough that they can be done a bit different to commercial extractors. a hobby extractor may have a small enough motor and gearbox that it can be placed underneath easy enough. commercial ones the motor get placed on the side and use pulleys underneath. there is an advantage having weight down low, makes them a bit more stable. with a small motor i'm not sure on how much advantage that would be. the advantage with top mount on commercial extractors is that you can use "industrial
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  11. How about feeding one of them, let the other two manage on their own, see how they go....otherwise you'll never know....not hard to keep an eye on two hives at home....
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  12. Awsome Dave, so good to here from you again always love your posts I haven't been here much lately, but always appreciated your input and your knowledge, we must catch up sometime Also I would expect nothing less than a post like this from you haha, your a legend.
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  13. @AFB PMP Management Agency any chance you or someone could post info on afb outbreaks etc. one reason is to help clear up the usual rumors going around. but mainly for a learning tool. the examples we get to see in the beekeeper mag are great but would like to see that online, especially in search engine findable format. examples of whats found, how it was cleaned up, procedures put in place etc. a lot of beeks never get to experience afb and have no idea of what happens. would help quash some of the myths that do the rounds.
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  14. Nice drawings ..... seriously !!
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  15. There were hardly any sandflies when we were at those blue pools . There were people swimming in the pools and sun bathing on the bank . Our son went swimming but not our grandson, he thought his father was mad. I stood at beginning of bridge and counted .
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  16. There's no secrete about the cardboard heaps of bee keepers are using it and that's my point in my opinion recycled paper does cut it, the company that's cutting them reckons its a good sideline for their business. The reason I don't really talk about is because well I don't need to its not my product and I'm just a bee keeper getting on with bee keeping. We started using cardboard while you where developing your strip, if you had developed your strip few months earlier I would probably be using yours also, but yours weren't around yet and the cardboard was what we started with, it seems t
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  17. It’s fabulous, a great resource & I thank you for your commitment, it’s plain awesome the amount of time must be immense ?
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  18. There is nothing misleading about what Im saying. As for your cheap 10 cent strips, that is cheap, but to put it into perspective a 4 layer gib Staple has 7 cents worth of Tape in it and Im sure those 4 layers could be run through a sewing machine for a few cents per Staple. So apples for apples the cardboard you use is not really cheap by comparison. When one goes to the trouble of distributing them in Pails with freight included etc the the price creeps up and its important to consider that when your cheap cardboard strip turn up at your place they are not packed in pails and deliver
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  19. We have hives in Waihi and there is practically no forage.
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  20. Well in the goat industry after the 2nd major bust was simplify who is left standing. They then spent 5 years or so milking goats for nothing, freezing the milk and driving it to the airport so it could be sent to Ozzy to go into infant formula trails. So it sorts out thouse that are committed to the game, money or nothing. I suspect honey industry is about to experience a similar outcome. With the right leadership nz honey could come back strong if they are smart. Most of us however will not be here. Let me just say the bees are fun but not everything in life.
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  21. I dont know if it is still the same but they do or did restrict who could supply them and where you could farm goats for supply, we were looking at it at one stage. So if that is still there and that is holding up the price paid due to containing supply, same as gold kiwifruit, then the question for beekeeping if you want to go down that path is who can be in and who cant? and who decides?
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  22. need to get sugar shakes done as follow up. Considering doing an alcohol wash on a sample from the parent hive. Eyeballing certainly ain’t enough if you can see the blighters you’re in deep water. Agree totally with both of you, but which one do I hold off on feeding and monitor. Reckon I should feed The two young hives....I can always step in with supplies for the parent hive at short notice. Yep - If the unfed parent hive still doesn’t have 2 frames of sealed honey in 2 weeks time, I’ll feed. Is our WBoP region overstocked with hives. Yep I’ve gone into a worry spi
    1 point
  23. @GoED, thankyou for the detailed inspection and reply . Your initial varroa treatment timing was spot on , and you are keeping a good eye on everything . Nice job ?
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  24. Locally we have always tried to practice "No blame No shame" to AFB and this has worked well among the many like minded beekeepers where strange events/outbreaks randomly have happened over last 30 years. Sadly this has broken down in recent times mainly from so many new entrants in area that do not want to participate in our local social systems, and a lack of a National AFB push to have local operators directly involved in AFB inspections/diseasathons/information type days. Yes there are the operators that deliberately do not manage their AFB (why is always a mystery to me)
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  25. If it wasn't so expensive, it would be worth re-stirring, sampling and retesting. There is a whole science in manufacturing concerning proper mixing, stirrer types and sampling, and I would guess that if the manuka was particularly thixotropic, it would take a long time to slowly stir - to not cream to get a tank truly blended. I am so old I had to attend lectures on it all.
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  26. That was us Tommy. If you had a chance to look at the website you may have seen a video showing what is actually happening inside of the hive when under wasp attack. I am unsure if I am now allowed to post the website here because I dont really know how or at what point I violated the rules to get the post removed. I am working on the presentation which is based on the behavioural science behind what is really going on inside the behave. Our HiveGate has been developed 100% on these principle. We disagree on this one. We are a brand new start-up in terms of a company and that post had
    1 point
  27. Social insects like honeybee living in close proximity have a higher risk of spreading diseases and poisons among nestmates, so we would expect to find mechanisms that mitigate this. One of these systems is an innate immune system that provides an antimicrobial film on their exoskeleton, a hostile gut environment, a peritrophic membrane and gut epithelium, and effective cellular and humoral defences. These secrete antimicrobial chemicals, engulf or entomb foreign materials, and provide enzymes that degrade or destroy pesticides and pathogens. The genetic precursors for all this are ancient, co
    1 point
  28. Yeah it’s good, gets in the way of working but managed 6 hours today so I can go to work a bit if I don’t go too far, she’s really good with Bron but I doubt she would go to anyone else, her Dad can’t manage her for much more than an hour ? Haha nah stay that way, it’s not worth hearing about
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  29. Yes, a good source of amusement was to go to the Blue pools on the Haast road and put on a good layer of DEET and walk in the few hundred meters to look into the pools and see the big trout cruising - and then watch the sand flies hold their fire until the tourists were as far as possible from their cars, and then give them both barrels ! And watch them trying to cross the swing bridge en masse. Ah, those were the days.
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  30. Periodic Table will be a minor doddle even compared to what you have done already. I have 'pollen chart envy'.
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  31. If you aren’t already, do some sugar shakes. It’s interesting to see what happens when. You are good at drawing - wish I was!
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  32. I wouldn’t panic , if you put Apivar in in mid Feb then you still have 6 weeks of treatment to go.
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  33. That is beautiful, you’re very talented.
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  34. It’s given me a deeper appreciation of what the bees do and how long it takes them to bring in each load and fill every cell with food supplies for their colony. Their work is laborious and I admire them. I’d like to do a nectar source chart series later on too. This winter chart on the bottom left of the image highlighted a colony’s seasonal challenges to feed itself. Thank goodness we can lend them a hand, plant diverse flowering plants to fill the gaps, and provide supplements where needed. Honey is a precious thing. In fact, pollination is a precious thing.
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  35. Mid March-update I’m in my studio slowly finishing this first pollen colour chart, even though it’s full wall size, it turns out the format I chose for the draft is still way too small to do justice to the exotic spring and summer pollens available. This last week has been dominated by slow cross referencing to ID the colours of winter pollen sources to complete that seasonal quarter. Later in the year i might follow up with another version in the form of month by month charts for exotic plants and native plants separately. I’m learning a fair amount about colour mixing and more about th
    1 point
  36. Based on those results your honey will grow to have around 490 mg/kg of MG after 136 weeks, which is equivalent to an NPA/UMF of about 15+. We find about 90-95% of honeys of that grade pass the MPI test as monofloral manuka, so it's almost certainly worth a try.
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  38. I have had success with a wet sheet
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  39. I like your wet sheet idea. I’ve turned on the sprinkler when it’s been wild once or twice, but this is a better plan.
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  40. Kia ora, this is my first post. I have had an interest in beekeeping for a few years now. I joined the hobbiest club a couple of years ago, been reading lots of articles/books and have finally purchased my first nuc at the end of January. I am all about having my garden pollinated by a fine group of wahine! And about sharing some honey amongst my whanau. My hive appears to be doing reallly well so far. I have built a long langstroth hive with 22 f/d frames, like on trevs bees channel. I have it split down the middle, with a divider and placed my nuc in the centre with
    1 point
  41. Hey Daley hows motherhood going? Yea probably was. I got this habit of when people start bragging about how much money they got or going to make or spend, I shut off, it's just a noise in the back ground, I should probably work on that and at least listen.
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  42. Well bit of a disappointing result from asure quality. First email was of picture and number and location. Reply was it's probably a super dump and can you supply number so he can contact and see if a registered site. I resent number on boxes and shared my concerns about robbing and what was the policy. Reply was looks like empty supers. Resent blow Cleary showing exposed frames and restated strong smell of honey and cloud of bees. So will wait and see. But if this is what is expected when someone raises concerns then it's no wonder we have an issue
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