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  1. Pretty stoked with these bad boys (girls)! ... I also have taken @Maggie JamesQC tutorial , though I am using the double screen board method for production. Got a take of 86 out of 90 grafts.
    16 points
  2. Finally my boys big enough to help do a job one less thing for me to do, he smokes my hive I'm working then moves ahead of me smoking and he's really keen too, proud daddy moment
    16 points
  3. Riley’s gonna grow into those gloves! She insisted that she have her “work boots” and her gloves on.
    15 points
  4. Regenerative, sustainable et cetera. I've done the endless hours of shifting, I have worked bees in the light of a torch to get the work finished and I've driven hour after hour to get to hives at the back of beyond. I no longer do any shifting, my hives are all within one hour's drive and even on a big day I'm normally home by 4 o'clock. I spend a reasonable part of the winter doing things like sorting combs, mending boxes and making my own frames from scratch but if I want a day off I just take it. I don't have so many hives that I fall behind and this means the hives get done when
    15 points
  5. Here’s a photo taken by a local night sky photographer, carol comer. The Large Magellanic Cloud and the Small Magellanic Cloud are two irregular galaxies which orbit the Milky Way once every 1,500 million years and each other every 900 million years. Very easy to see with your naked eye from our stunning Dark Sky Sanctuary, Great Barrier Island, New Zealand. Here they are seemingly watching guard over a collection of bees in their hives, resting for the night.
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  6. In the great depression of the 1930's although farmers walked off their land and businesses folded, no beekeepers went bankrupt. That was because some years earlier, banks had loaned money to beekeepers who then got AFB (which had been rampant), which along with some bad beekeeping meant the investment became worthless, and not recoverable. So leading up to the depression, banks had a policy of not lending on bees. If you had bees, you wouldn't have a debt against them. That has been my policy all my life, don't borrow to get bees. When I started my own bee business i s
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  7. Got my offsiders first set of PPE, shame the smallest size is a 4, apparently babies don’t go beekeeping
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  8. This morning was a multi tasking day.. a prep day for Monday.. I shifted some new double Nuc boxes to a site ready for Monday’s job of transferring .. time to cut the cold core flute Nuc box from my outfit.. 36 yrs ago I met Pete.. now pushing 80, he taught me how to catch the wily wild pig.. wearing adidas track pants and a swanny with a 1942 303 bayonet strapped to his waist Pete would tear off through the thick deadly flowering gorse into the Ashley forest leaving me.. a 9yr old behind .. to deal to the notoriously fast running boars that his dogs would catch every weekend.. I would
    14 points
  9. Short on money, but I do have honey. Here's a little good news story how a little honey can oil the wheels of industry. A few months back a truck arrived with 2 pallets of bee gear. The driver, a Fiji Indian, saw I did not have a fork lift and was pretty grumpy, thinking he would have to unload by hand. Told me right in my face he should not have to deliver to me, and he wasn't smiling. Anyhow the truck was on a slope and I've done all this before. Backed up the ute to the right place, gave the pallets a push and they slid right off onto the ute. Job done even faster
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  10. Well. It is just as well I didn't name and shame because it turns out that that 5% of uncertainty was someone else entirely. I have just had notification that the inspection team found evidence of rob outs and as per the rules they can't tell me who but I do know is not who I thought it was. Sounds like who I thought it was has also got a dose at the same time as I did , of course they wouldn't have if they hadn't dumped a big site between two of mine. This is a good example of why we pay a levy . I reported a problem and it was followed up and dealt with.
    13 points
  11. And as I was cruising around the juice ran...... Anzac dawn Blood red sky Stand to yer post As a nation mourns Anzac morning Nor'west breeze rustles an autumn still Stand to your posts As a nation heads a warning Anzacs Proud, resilient Seperate , but one Neighbours, friends .... united in their pain. In an ideal world yes ..... not a lot of surplus this year. Forgive me . Jimmy C has a book called "Jimmy's Book of Big Ideas" It is my book of drawings , poetry ,and daydreams. The
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  12. A mates wife went to collect what was thought to be a swam. looks like we’ve got a job to do this weekend. Two armchairs dumped under some trees down a service alley in our little town. looks like two boxes worth of comb and bees
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  13. Great but unexpected result: Truck found via social media just a few miles away locked up and undamaged. Police recon it's one of the only undamaged finds in a long time: seems like a joy rider from somewhere pretty close to home? Bloody good lesson to keep the security levels high. Cheers Keith
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  14. I have heard this sort of argument before and for me it really depends on who was their first. If you're neighbouring beekeeper had bees there before you bought your property then I don't have a problem but if you were keeping bees before him and he has moved the bees in on top of you I suggest you do something along the lines of trying to make sure you take your honey off before he does and then Feed a large amount of colourfully dyed sugar right across the fence from his hives. Heating the sugar beforehand would also increase its hmf. It's time some people learnt that for every action
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  15. I have just watched the big expose on TV one about roundup in manuka honey. Man they must be short of news to put on such a anti roundup biased piece of garbage. No mention of other honey types which if they come from pasture you would expect to have higher residues and no mention about residues found in meat or vegetables or anything else we eat. End result will be a drop in honey sales for no practical good. I'm not a huge fan of roundup but it is a legal product used very extensively in New Zealand farming and beekeepers can't avoid it. All right they did mention that beekeepers could
    12 points
  16. I think if the AFB was found and reported by a beekeeper then they are far from a useless beekeeper and jn fact are very good beekeepers first for finding it and second for reporting it. It's not good to blame bad beekeeping being the cause of AFB. It's the same as blaming people for catching covid.
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  17. wintered down my taranaki apiary and added the autumn varroa treatments yesterday... was supposed to be end March, but at that stage there wasn't enough clarity around what was and wasn't ok re COVID-19. Since then, it's been a combination of time available due to work and weather forecasts. I was a little worried about what i might find in the hives, especially the one i had left to emergency re-queen itself. Last visit to these hives was waitangi weekend. drove up from wellington in the morning, did what needed to be done in the afternoon, slept in my car, drove back this morning
    12 points
  18. NucMan, Your allegation that the Management Agency has not acted on the information you provided is not correct. The Management Agency has followed up on the information you provided and undertaken investigation and enforcement actions as described in the Operational Plan https://afb.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/AFB-Operational-Plan-January-2020.pdf Inspection of some of the beekeepers apiaries resulted in the Management Agency identifying a few cases of AFB and multiple non-compliances with plan rules. The AFB hives have been destroyed and
    12 points
  19. Well, What to say. Another decade is rapidly fading into the past and all the doomsayers are still with us. We did not enter a new Ice age in 1970's. We did not run out of oil in the 1990's. We did not lose the polar ice caps in 2000's. We did not all drown in 2010's (Rising sea levels). And I am not sure what we were all meant to die of in the 2010's (oh yes Global warming) (Climate change) Have a fantastic 2020 people. May your God give you everything that you need in your life. Let's hope for a fantastic bee season also. (however that looks
    12 points
  20. Had to get in on the act. This is from 2 weeks ago looking south from up in the Ruahines. Canon 6d, Samyang 14 mm F2.8 lens, iso3200 and 20 second exposure.
    12 points
  21. wow, my phone can barely even make out stars... heres i timelapse panorama i took down cape palliser a couple of months back blending the afternoon through to full dark. not sure if it will show the whole thing its quite wide
    12 points
  22. First of the Pohutukawa's in full bloom. May not be the best of honeys but it sure is keeping the girls busy!
    12 points
  23. Finding the queen in an aggressive hive with 3 brood boxes can be a daunting experience for a new player. Or an old player for that matter! Here's a tip. - If you can beg, borrow, or somehow russle up enough queen excluders, go to the hive and put a queen excluder between each box, a week before you need to find the queen. Then a week after the excluders went in and it's queen finding time, look through all the boxes, only one of them will have eggs and young brood, that is where the queen is. Carry that box to at least 20 meters, or more, away and put it down on something solid. R
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  24. I did some work last spring comparing Bayvarol treatments (among others) with Phil’s OA strips. I saw the same thing you did @Alastair the Bayvarol hives grew noticeably faster and stronger and OA hives were delayed. I mentioned it to Phil at the time that I did have a honey yield impact as well. My thought at the time was that I had put too much acid into the hive too early as they were building and they struggled to deal with it and recover in time for the flow. the interesting thing though was mite numbers - these were WAY higher in the Bayvarol hives and by mid season those hiv
    12 points
  25. I took a mum and 3 girls beekeeping today. They’re keen to get hives but wanted some experience and advise. This little one was amasing. They started out in a full suit but by the end of the day all three sisters had their heads in every hive without any gloves, hood or suit. Tasman and her sisters were so relaxed around the bees, they didn’t get one sting between the three of them. She probably ate close to her body weight in honey, sugar crystals and syrup. We all had a fab day.
    11 points
  26. Really gotta say I don’t like not having the location visible. I don’t want to have to check a profile every time I want to see where someone’s from to get an idea of whether there Post is more or less relevant to us in our area.
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  27. Trevor Palmer-Jones started research initially into mastitis, but then in 1944 was made the chief NZ beekeeping scientist. He worked through until 1975 - and was made a life member of the NBA. In the middle 1980s I had dinner with Trevor and his wife Claire. I asked Trevor what was the most amazing advance in beekeeping research that had come about during his time as a researcher. He didn't hesitate. "The photocopier!" In all of those early years, a magazine might come by on circulation. If there was anything you wanted to read more closely, or save to be able
    11 points
  28. My bubble is still intact @Dennis Crowley .....and yes , there are many operations that run a clean ship. What always amazes me is the job ads running looking for beekeeping managers .... 'must have two years experience' ..... to be honest .... IMHO .... a beekeeper of two years is still just a boy and in no way would I let Him loose disease checking my hives. And yes ..... I have often been reminded that I am a control freak !
    11 points
  29. Found this critter. Isn't it cool.
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  30. i ran a little "backyard beekeeping" workshop today as a voluntary exercise for a little community project i support. Started by asking everyone why they were interested in beekeeping. That was interesting, not too much "save the bees", plenty of "bees seem really interesting", "honey sounds good", and "fruit tree pollination" type of answers. My immediate out-take from that was that i'd got lucky with the people attending. did a full hive inspection of a hive consisting of a brood box of undrawn frames, a queen excluder, and two fully full honey supers. One honey super
    11 points
  31. Alaistar......please ..............let it go
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  32. Totally agree, change will not happen without the will to change. There are heaps of things we can do, both big and small to make a difference. We don't have to totally give up flying, driving, or go back to wearing a horsehair shirt. At a personal level we need to fly less- stop flying off to Europe every winter just because we can(every long haul flight increases your carbon footprint by as much as driving your vehicle for a whole year), drive less, change over to an electric vehicle if you can. The internal combustion engine has to go, and fuel cells and electric have to be our future. W
    11 points
  33. Here's my take, and i get this not only from my own hives but also that i get numerous requests from hobbyists with near dead hives to go fix them. If the issue is mites but the queen is still alive, the hive can be fixed. First i agree with many of Christi An's comments, but if a hive only has a few sick bees left and will be dead in 2 weeks, shaking them onto new empty combs will not save it because it will be dead before they can get a new cycle of brood through. However the method may be effective in less severe circumstances, and Christi An has found that in his own experience
    11 points
  34. I witnessed an unusual event today. Went to inspect one of my hives and took off the metal lid before I could remove the hive mat there was a sudden increase of bees at the front of the hive. I stopped to check to see if I had interrupted the start of a swarm coming from the hive, and there landing on top of the hive mat in front of me was a beautiful young very black queen surrounded by 20 or so bees. Before I could pick her up she flew down to the landing board and ran into the hive. The mini swarm of flying bees went into the hive as well and all was calm again. I have had a l
    11 points
  35. With very little else to do for at least 4 weeks, I thought I might document my system for creating OG strips. I haven't read on the topic since last year, I hope what i do isn't out of date? But they have worked very successfully for me. I have created this method as a small hobbyist, which I hope that other beekeepers with only a few hives can get their head around and follow. I've taken some pics to help with the process. Firstly, i have my own crappy old sewing machine, pretty important. I use Proform Gib tape from Bunnings, 2 1/16 wide, $7 odd. There's lots of little tips that go along wi
    10 points
  36. It appears even Crims can be good guys. Our landi was delivered back to our mechanics today. Whoever dropped it off just parked it up and walked away without saying anything. @jamesc how did you get on with your gates.
    10 points
  37. Picking a Deputy Principal position. A rural high school in the deep south. We picked up 8ha of land in Central Otago, near Alexandra, last year that we want to start building on. Will be the flashest bach around for a couple of years till we move there full time. The neighbours are an organically managed vineyard and other, similar sized blocks of land. When they were developed they were planted out in white clover and grasses. The whole area is white with clover late spring. Aside from being good for my bees, the view isn't bad. Was down there last week to mark out the building platform wi
    10 points
  38. In no particular order: Factors that relate to consistently high honey production e.g. climate & flower sources. Bees need plenty of supplies to consistently generate lots of RJ in addition to their other activities Economies of scale. I've been in warehouses and freezers containing untold tons of RJ, where one batch is a metric ton. Think of how many cell-scoops that is... Specialisation, these people specialise in RJ production, they're not doing it as a bit on the side while e.g. chasing higher value honey crops. This is a whole family vocation. And several factors r
    10 points
  39. Through the life of the HMA - early 1950s to late 1970s - the HMA held moneys back (esp in a good year), with the concept that these funds went into an 'equalisation fund'. Theoretically, that fund would be used to increase the payout in bad years. Remember, the HMA's payout to beekeepers pretty much dictated the price packers' had to pay for honey - if a packer was not willing to meet the figure, the bkpr could always send it to the HMA. When the HMA was to be wound up, there was a lot of discussion about where the money should go. Should it go only to those who supp
    10 points
  40. Good luck with that Alistair, I have managed to bring a few like that thru winter in the past and usually are good hives by late October, just helps to have a kind winter. Shortly after varroa arrived here I was looking around the web for info on living with the little beast and came across some research from U of Guelf where they had trialled 10 frames V 9 evenly spaced frames per brood box, what they say they found was that there was fewer mites in the nine frame hives than the 10 framers. now this might be because the nine framers had less brood , but I doubt that , they t
    10 points
  41. Over here in these two days I went through hives of 2nd apiary. The reason is strong unpleasant wind. This apiary is in sheltered spot so I was able to dig into hives. All previous bad weather is seen into hives, for about 2 brood frames less than I expected to be in this time. One hive with yellow queen started to fail ( lot of drone brood, drones and less worker brood), I saw it yesterday but idiot had no paper with me to merge with neighboring hive ( nor even roll paper, just some handkerchiefs).. Today I come to sort it, remove the queen with prayer and asking for forgiveness.. and j
    10 points
  42. If only all town sections looked like this. I found this today on a lunchtime stroll through a new housing area. Its near an inlet so the sections are built up about 1.5 metres. This is looking up from street level. Every inch of this section that is not house or path is planted- front, back, sides- most very bee friendly. Such a contrast to the bark and a hebe or two gardens surrounding it. The air was full of insect life. Barely any ground was visible, every space was filled. Such a pleasure.
    10 points
  43. I have just finished tidying up my trial Data. No real surprises but an interesting point or two. Initially 44 Hives were randomly numbered for inclusion in the trial Of those 44 hive 2 were disqualified because when they were opened it was apparent they had already been treated in an earlier trial. That left 42, however the numbering remained the same only hives 4 & 8 were omitted. Of the 42 Hives that started the trial in April 2019, 6 were dead by 08/02/20 (today) Of those 6 hives, 1 went Drone layer 1 died for no apparent reason 1 Queen wa
    10 points
  44. The reason we still have lotsa honey in the shed is that no one is interested in buying it.... whatever the price. Strange. Meanwhile, small boy snd I did a little undet 500 ks today checking bees and blossom. Small Boy is always hungry.... so we had a few icecresm stops. Some of the stops were selling honey.... manuka honey ... we tasted out if curiosity .... several were definitely not what the label said they were. I had an idea to rebrand my honey dew.... as obviously the puntet hsd no idea whay is good honey snd what is crap. Interesting day!
    10 points
  45. I see that "Industry Leaders" have attempted to scupper Bruce Clow's attempt to put together a united front for those attempting to sell cheaper end honeys internationally. Who are these "Industry Leaders"? Manuka producers of course, few of whom are on this forum because everything they do is very secret squirrel and they would rather not talk. They have advised MPI not to provide any funding to allow Bruce to get a feasability study underway for marketing non manuka honey, on the basis that the industry is restructuring but currently in good heart. Translation of what
    10 points
  46. Heres one I did using my mobile phone, taken from North Canterbury during RWC. It's got a lot of noise because this is the instagram version so its only 180kb, but you can just make out that kiwi's can fly in the center of the image. And another version of the LMC from Christchurch perspective
    10 points
  47. *coughing again* The original results were for our Nosema duo (both nosema species) and we include Lotmaria in that as well. The results went to James just over a couple of weeks ago and 2 days after we received them. Just in case anyone was wondering The samples tested had very high levels of Nosema apis - but no Nosema ceranae. We kept the extracted material and tested them this week out of interest, to see if any viral culprits at work. We only test 3 of the samples but one of them did have very high levels of Deformed Wing Virus - possibly a colony moving away from
    10 points
  48. I don't quite understand all the hype that is being generated here. You have an experienced beekeeper willing to share his ideas on OA, spend sometime and money developing a variety of prototype strips that we now call staples. He is conducting a carefully run trial to satisfy MPI of the treatment regime he has found successful, oh and he is prepared to help anyone who asks on how to use it, and how he mixes his OA and Glycerine. Many of us have given it a go, mixed are own, made our own staples, bought staples from someone else, got someone else to make us a brew to our specs. Some of us
    10 points
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