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  1. Some of you (those most important of my friends and customer base ??) will know I have taken up a position with Pacific Coast Technical Institute as an Apiculture Tutor. Currently we teach an NCEA credited course in 5 schools the course is called “Bees in Schools”. I share the role at the schools with another tutor Lyle Gilmour. I also care for the Business to Business tutoring. Last week I spent two days down in Fielding with Kiwi Bee staff from across the country (the beekeeping side of Comvita). And there are plans afoot for training and assessment with other businesses. There is also
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  2. Hello everyone I am a Male father of 3, Geographer, Master in engeneering that as a good renegade became beekeeper in 2003 because of fighting corruption I lost my job and probably will never have a job again in what I used to do: Rural Services (water, electricity and the like). As I decided to became beekeeper when having wife, kids and a mortgage there was no way to start small and grow. So I decided to try a new model and associated with an avocado grower that need 1000 hives for pollination. Looks like I became a good beekeeper because I was invited by another grow
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  3. Pulled in at my favorite cafe today to pick up some 20 litre containers, and immediately got approached by a young lady who says Hi Alastair which way you going I got a vehicle problem can you give me a ride. So I grab the containers, she jumps in the truck, and we go. I knew I'd seen her before but couldn't place her and without being rude I'm trying to figure out who she is how she knows me. But that wasn't the main surprise. Then I recognise her, maybe something around a year ago I had arranged with her to put bees on a kanuka site her Dad owns. Then before I moved t
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  4. Its our 20th Wedding anniversary and we have a party planned for tomorrow. My wife arranged for a special anniversary cake to be made, and we saw photos of it it today, it looks awesome. This afternoon a very good friend of ours who cant make it to our party delivered an absolutely awesome present, she is also a cake maker/decorator. What do you reckon? We are absolutely blown away at the generosity and time and effort she put in to this.
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  5. Spent the last day of January harvesting honey in the back of nowhere, 6 staff, 3 trucks, 1 for foundy and blowing gear 2 for honey, left the shed at 5am ( to beat the heat) finished the last site feeling rather deflated and craving one of those flash "energy" drinks I call JD n Coke.. I sent the team off ahead for a swim in a mean river hole while Pete and I took our time driving the big girl out with 9 packed out pallets on, and the crane...a solid load. I should've taken note of the pre 7am wasp sting to the neck as we drove into the valley as an omen... As the tail lights
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  6. Having been posting on the forums re: APINZ’s desire to represent the industry and claim a Commodity Levy (to cover their work on the industry’s behalf) I decided rather than continuing to spout my own thoughts I’d get on the blower and talk to a number of Commercial Beekeepers and see where the Commercial Sector really stands. I put together a simple survey and started ringing: I thought I’d do it over a couple of days and get representations from beekeepers keeping up to approx. 20,000 hives. Well a week later and I’ve spoken to a good many Commercial Beekeepers all whom have been
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  7. 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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  8. . A beekeeping expedition with my son, his wife, and 2 of their children. Gotta train the grandchildren right. ? Soon as we got there, this happened, he is staying VERY still ? But didn't take long and he was fine with the whole thing. And even his normally timid sister started to enjoy. Nobody stung, a fun day for all.
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  9. Hi All I am not convinced by the argument that we need an increase in the AFB levy. The funding levels must have doubled over the last ten years as apiary sites have more than doubled. The problem is, that the AFB eradication strategy designed in the 1990's, and voted on, has never been fully implemented. If it had been, we would have mostly eradicated AFB by now. The Management Agency got confused about its role soon after it was established in 2000 and this confusion has continued until now, and is reflected in the discussion on what the levy increase might be spent on
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  10. Aw gee thanks everyone. Here she is! Riley Brooke Hewitt Very fresh and a bit squashed, 8 pounds, born at 1:23am 18th May currently having a big snore off, and I’ve had about 2 hours sleep because I can’t stop looking at her ??
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  11. Just a little FYI (because I am quite proud of it!) The photograph on the banner is one I took a couple of seasons ago in my garden. The bees were out fairly late in the evening and the sun was low in the sky. The Lavendar Flower is a plant that @Trevor Gillbanks gave me about 5 years ago. One of those photos that you feel really chuffed about
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  12. What a wonderful place this site is, full of great people always ready to help out with really good advice and in my case much more. @M4tt and his lovely wife arrived at our place this afternoon complete with replacement bees plus practical help and advice and chez Duncan is buzzing with the comfortable hum of bees again. To emphasise my lack of understanding @M4tt brought 10 frames with more bees on them than were in both hives I bought last year put together. I thought that both my hives were thriving last Summer but in truth I could (and probably should) have combined them b
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  13. Bees! Bees! I have bees!. Thanks to our marvellous beekeeping community I am back in action. Thanks a million to @tommy dave for the hive, and @tudor and his friend for the delivery. I can't emphasise enough, especially for newbies, how important it is to network with other beekeepers. They are a pretty nice bunch.
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  14. spent a quality hour at the local school spinning a few bee yarns to kids aged from 5-13, highlight for them was the obs hive which I made them wait til the end for. Followed by some honey tasting. Some very intelligent questions... curly question of the day was “why does the drone only mate once” from a 6yr old.. I printed some A3 photos and glued them to coreflute so had pics of each season which gave them images to look at while I explained the goings on. Great fun had by all. Cheers Loburn school.
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  15. Unregistered sites are a problem but there are plenty of registered beekeepers who are just as bad or worse. I think the proposed increase is unnecessary and unjustifiable mainly because the current System while better than nothing is outdated. We will soon have far better tools for identifying afb ln Honey samples Which will allow for far better targeting and should actually reduce costs.mpi is responsible for prosecutions and is not willing to do so just as they are not willing to follow up on honey coming from unregistered apairies. Until we get new laws or they in enforce Th
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  16. Russell is part of a family beekeeping business. If he moved in on someone else I'm sorry for that but is anybody surprised that he is starting to act like the rest of you. I'm only guessing but I suspect he's lost about half of his sites in the last 10 years and those he hasn't lost are being crowded out like the rest of us. It's not scaremongering to say there are too many hives. We have the same number of flowers as there were 10 years ago but hive numbers have doubled trebled or worse almost everywhere. Russell has and does put vast amounts of his own time, energy and money into enhancin
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  17. Result of a thoroughbred queen for ya
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  18. As a hobbyist, not being legally allowed to sell small quantities of honey unless you have jumped through many many hoops, some of which may be invisible and some which change depending where you live. How I would love to have a simple standard checklist for home producers extracting and selling honey at the farm gate.
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  19. Common law, is that a swarm of bees is the property of whoever captures it. But. Several times I have had bee swarms removed, after I have boxed them. To me, this is taking a liberty with the common understanding. Most recently, only a couple days ago I was called to a North Shore school to remove a swarm in a tree. The teachers allowed a large crowd of kids to watch, they were fascinated. The bees were completely docile so I even allowed a couple kids to hold a bee on their hand. I told the kids how the bees were wanting to start a new home which is why they were going
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  20. Plenty of pollen coming in off the buttercup that has started flowering.
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  21. I definitely need to get out more, but it's too peopley out there. I know that I could easily do more work and make more money, but I work to live I don't live to work. I used to do a lot more work and make a lot more money. I can work 5 months of the year and make a living and spend the rest of my time living my life and enjoying myself. The last few years have been basically concentrated on keeping my grandparents alive and making sure they have quality of life. I will never be rich, not because I don't have what it takes, but because I don't care about
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  22. I see that the link to the submissions on the Risk Analysis(RA) for the Importation of Carnica semen from Germany and Austria was posted on this Forum. Remember first that this was 2003, but it does show that the Risk Analysis was thorough, and detailed. At the time, I thought that the Import Health Standard(IHS) that resulted from this RA was fair, mitigated the risks we faced to an acceptable level , and it was workable. By workable, I mean that it allow for the importation on a scale necessary to insure that a closed population of carnica type bees could be established then maintain
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  23. 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.
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  24. 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
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  26. This person has asked for help and advice. After seeing some of the answers on this thread if I was a beginner in trouble I might hesitate to do the same thing. Everyone makes mistakes and everyone has to learn and those lower on the learning curve will do a lot less harm if they feel confident about asking for advice without fear of condemnation.
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  27. good stuff, thanks M4tt thats saved me a failed experiment:-) and to finish up heres a pic that sums up the weather at the moment
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  28. But we have Kaka. Taken through the lounge window last September. The flowering cherry 2mt from the window had already been claimed by the tui who created quite a fuss. Kaka just ignored him till ready to fly off. Neither bird was concerned about us observing the antics.
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  29. There has been a major AFB outbreak in the greater Hastings area with numerous confirmed cases including several dead rob outs. Anyone with any hives in the orchard areas around the plains area should be very concerned including anyone who did pollination or those with mega dump sites along the river areas. In most cases I don't know the names of those involved but I do know that there are many beekeepers affected and at least three and probably considerably more sources of infection. If you don't have time to learn how to look after your hives properly or enough time to look after your h
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  30. Small things: Why would a disease control agency discourage multiple small sites that are more suitable for containing diseases? Isn't charging a disincentive to register all your sites? Why would you promote a permanent form of large ‘dump’ sites? How come, over five years, the fees increase 255% (!) and the annual expenditure 314%? There is already a lack of clarity about how big an ‘apiary’ is (200m diameter, radius or chain) so that better be revisited if it’s to be a chargeable unit of measure. If the additional $2mil spent each year ‘saves’ 4,100 hives (0.5%approx of the national hive s
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  31. Sure. But not everyone reads the news, and what's old to you, is new to someone else. Because I interact with a lot of beekeepers, a constant thing I see every year is people thinking their hive in autumn is looking great. - No need to treat. Especially for first season beekeepers the well populated look of their hive can be very beguiling. They delay treatment, then a month or two later they are mystified where all the bees went. The other sad thing about death by varroa, is that right till near the end the bees stay very active at the entrance and flying. Which can ca
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  32. I got around to taking photos of the set of blocks John made Riley. They all fit perfectly inside the little beehive. @john berry Thank you. This is by FAR the coolest thing baby has, I absolutely love them! ? Everyone I have showed them to has also said they are amazing.
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  33. With the rise of science-related questions and topics in our hobby & profession (varroa resistance, nosemas, pesticide issues), the Science & Research Focus group of Apiculture NZ (ApiNZ) is now on the forum. Posting on behalf of the 9 member group are Barry Foster (chairman of the group) and John Mackay (member - and already on the forum as @JohnF ). We're keen to engage on science or research topics that can benefit beekeeping in NZ. Other stuff? We'll pass it on. . . . [BF & JM]
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  34. My clever daughter has made me a spectacular cake
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  35. It must have been the day for scraping and jarring. I got some lovely light honey with a lemony tang to it.
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  36. Cracked the lids on ours today, finally some progress! Looking good for Xmas presents☺☺
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  37. Off to pet day at Hiwinui school, didn't win anything but had the most interest of all the animals.
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  38. Comvita has certainly been around for a long time but it is completely different to what it was and under different ownership. The other two I don't know much about but they certainly weren't major players. I was also around 30 years ago and have taken advantage of the increased price of manuka but not by stomping on anybody that got in my road. The irony out of it is I have probably done better than they have. I certainly have more friends.
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  39. Got my offsiders first set of PPE, shame the smallest size is a 4, apparently babies don’t go beekeeping
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  40. Dear Diary ....what a crappy old day it's been..... But brightened by a young fellah who came up looking for a job on the bees. It's not exactly the time to be hiring labour, but he'd been laid off by another operation and I'm behind the eight ball on the schedule of getting bees into the winter. And I had a big think about it ..... how our thoughts and actions dictate how we move forward, and if we are focused on the D-Day and selling bees and winding up, then as sure as eggs is eggs that will happen ..... but if we are positive and plan for the future, then our plans may move forward , pe
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  41. Hi CraBee, MPI and Govt significantly hurt the industry. Their delay after delay to publish their standard meant the whole industry was on hold for ~1-2 years. Then MPI came out with a standard that wasn't a standard i.e. got modified. Uncertainty over product status meant buyers weren't confident, demand decreased, product stockpiled, prices dropped. This plus the extra and long drawn out attention meant news and uncertainty filtered out to all and sundry, affecting retailer and consumer confidence, therefore decreasing demand and pricing. Lastly re. the standard, I think we're all
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  42. My 6 yr old son suffered anaphylaxis last October following a bee sting at home, it was his 3 rd sting with the first 2 being on his feet off the lawn (kiwi as) with no real reactions. Yesterday was his first day of the RUSH treatment at CH CH hospital, the plan was 5 stings 1 hr apart starting with a dose of 1/1000 of a full hit. Everything went well up till the last dose.. 15 minutes following it he developed a tiny cough, concern was noted and coughing was timed by the fantastic team of nurses.. increased cough timing was the only symptom, heart rate remained the same as p
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  43. On your marks, get set.... Flow
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  44. We have a famous blogger/ Youtuber in our midst Trevor Gilbanks didn't intend for his recent trip to the United States to be about bees http://www.timesnews.net/Home-Garden/2017/06/22/New-Zealand-beekeeping-blogger-finds-himself-much-in-demand-on-American-tour.html?ci=featured&lp=1&ti
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  45. Well , we are truly stoked . The powers that be in the NZ bee industry had no interest in the Million Dollar Nose, but Sarah Hights documentary about Georgie the AFB detector dog has been nominated as Best new comer at the 2018 Jackson Hole science media awards , to be held at the end of September in Boston , USA. I don't think Georgie will be going .... but if anyone would like to help Sarah get there .... let us know. It will be a great plug for NZ 's drug free honey and a little countrys' ability to think laterally when confronted with seemingly insurmountable problems.
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  46. It is different in taste, but rarely I get pure lime. It always come with blackberries, tree of heaven, honeydew - in various ratios. It is to me nice, I like it that mixed way. Pure lime is also nice honey. In fact if I have to choose between the rain or drought, I choose this rain. The world cup.. I don't feel such euphoria, while the country is pure mess..and most of us struggle to survive ( around 300 000 people runaway form country in 3 years and still go at same pace..). I am also teared should we stay or should we go.. I keep pushing myself to don't give up and try to stay even I
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  47. Found this post on Beesource, written by user Grozzie2, a Canadian beekeeper. It is stuff that every beekeeper needs to have a good understanding of, and is a very well written piece. So with Grozzie's permision I have copied it here. Just be aware that their summer is our winter. So add 6 months on to any months or time he mentions. Also, their season and drone raising timetable can be a little different to ours, but the principles are the same. The original post is at http://www.beesource.com/forums/showthread.php?347723-Anatomy-of-a-mite-crash QUOTE - "Anatomy of a m
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  48. I am a personal friend of Frank and Mary-Ann Lyndsey. Neither Frank nor Mary-Ann are members of this beekeeping forum. Frank has been informed of this thread and has asked me to post his reply to clarify both the radio interview and allegations made on this forum. All true. I had two sites I’d didn’t visit: grass up high, supers with rotted corners. These were the last in a days run and missed when you run out of
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  49. As I have said before, I would love to run some double-blind tests using AFB dogs but that aside they seem to have really proven themselves. Accreditation of dogs and handlers by the AFB board seems to be a no-brainer. Being certified AFB dogs would also help with gaining access onto farms. One thing I do know is that we don't have anywhere near enough AP2s to check all the corporate hives that are appearing in enormous sites. At the very least a good dog would show very quickly which companies needed extra attention. Compulsory AFB testing of extracted honey samples would also help point the
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