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  1. 11 points
    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
  2. 7 points
    Oh if it was that simple . NAIT continually undergoes ‘improvements ‘ to try and make it user friendly . Personally , I’m very good with it , but it’s a pig of a thing to drive , and they’ve never taken on board the suggestions I’ve suggested . You need to be relatively computer literate and many many people aren’t . There is also an extreme delay in closing the gates on possibly infected farms by MPI . It’s improving , but it’s still very slow , allowing business as usual until authorities tell them to stop . Farmers I know have stopped trading straight away without being told to , but even then , it’s been a couple of months since the random tests had been taken and the results sent out . That’s a long time and many movements happen in that period . There are faults everywhere . There is no point blaming one group . I’ll give you a bit of insight into why there was a fair bit of resistance to tagging cattle with Electronic Identification Tags (EID). Years ago , there was no recording of movements . Then some department decided that all cattle should carry individual bar codes on ear tags , which would be scanned at the freezing works to provide traceability back to origin . These new tags cost , and as far as I know , most farmers were compliant . This probably went on for at least 10 years , after which , we were told it never worked and they never scanned the bar codes . I did wonder why animals were getting mixed up at the freezing works despite being diligent . Then came along NAIT and scannable EID tags . Initially to many , it seemed like another new expensive scheme which wouldn’t work . Would you believe , even now , with EID tags in my cattle , there are still mistakes at the freezing works and the wrong cattle get assigned to the wrong owner . Yes , there are older farmers that struggle with technology , but the system is far from perfect . As to where the disease came from , there is speculation and fingers been pointed , but I’m not at all convinced . 1. There is no proof . The strain we have is not traceable back to anywhere else in the world 2. There is anecdotal evidence from vets that cattle with mBovis type symptoms have been in NZ for years , prior to it being discovered in the South Island . Remember , it’s extremely difficult to test for and the test is unreliable , and back before it was discovered , no one was looking and it wasn’t tested for . It’s an interesting disease which will keep us amused for quite some time . Overnight elimination just was never possible
  3. 5 points
    Ok ... it’s a warm day down here in the gully with no rain forcaste for a week or so... But.... I have my granddads weather forcasting device from way back when before the era of cellphones and radio coms. It comes from the clipper days and records pressure differential. In the last few hours the atmospheric pressure had dropped dramatically.... but the barometer is steady. This gadget measures things days out... Now ... whats that cyclone doing up in Fiji?
  4. 4 points
    Thing about that is that if NAIT had been fully complied with, it would already be known which farms had brought in animals from infected farms, and which had not. In such a scenario, the disease would probably already have been wiped off the face of New Zealand. Course, NAIT has not been fully complied with, and in what seems like a massive scale of non compliance. The latest reading i have done on the issue says that MPI are looking at probably 10 more years to achieve complete eradication. And then, it requires full cooperation from 100% of the people. But like beekeeping, there will almost certainly be a few non cooperative people with their own crazy ideas and theories who hide things and deliberately thwart control efforts.
  5. 3 points
    AFB PEST MANAGEMENT Are we getting what we are paying for? All New Zealand beekeepers have been forced pay significant amounts of money to the AFB Management Agency over the last 19 years to help them to eradication of AFB from New Zealand. As we now have a higher number of hives with AFB than when the strategy started, even though disease levels had fallen each year for the 10 years before the strategy started, something has gone very wrong. We seem to have forgotten that we set up the AFB Pest Management Agency to assist beekeepers to eradicate AFB from New Zealand, not for it to try to eradicate AFB for them. We currently seem to be trying to find and destroy AFB hives faster the beekeepers can create them. This approach was tried unsuccessfully in New Zealand between 1960 and 1990 and range of other countries. It is important to recognise firstly that all hives are inspected for AFB by beekeepers each year. Some beekeepers are obviously better at doing this than others. Secondly, beekeepers are responsible for almost all AFB spread. To eradicate AFB from New Zealand, all the strategy needed to do was to change beekeeper behaviour so the find and destroy AFB hives faster than they created new ones. So how do we plan to change beekeeper behaviour. When the AFB Pest Management strategy was written and voted on, the AFB Management Agency was given 4 tools to change beekeeper behaviour. The Agency has, however, only used two of these. Unfortunately, the tools that have not been used are the most powerful ones available to us, and interesting, the least expensive. The first tool available was trying to make beekeepers comply with the strategy rules. The Agency has concentrated on this and has probably done all they could do with the funding they had. The second tool was AFB disease recognition and destruction courses. These have occurred and appear to have fulfilled the function they were designed for. The third and fourth tools were designed to facilitate behaviour change. To get beekeepers better at finding AFB and reducing is spread. The third was the AFB workshops described in the PMS which were for approved beekeepers to meet and discuss their AFB programmes and get advice. These were mainly, but not exclusively, for commercial beekeepers. There was supposed to have been one of these in ever branch area every year or a total of 250 since the start of the strategy. These have not occurred. If these had been continued with the large AFB outbreaks reported in the South Island and East cost of the north Island need not have occurred. The fourth behavioural change tool was having a gaol that beekeepers can identify with and get enthusiastic about. We have goal, which is to eradicate AFB from NZ. What we need a creative way of put this it in front of beekeepers again. The way ahead is to instate the workshops that the beekeeping industry were told were going to occur then the voted on the strategy. As for readdressing the goal, perhaps a way ahead would be for the Management Agency to actively encourage regional eradications as has been attempted in Hamilton and Otago/Southland.
  6. 3 points
    Why would this need to be expensive? Could surely be done electronically now...
  7. 2 points
    Maybe . . perhaps . . . could. Wouldn't bet a staple on it though If I remember correctly then the beekeepers who own the PMP are the policymakers. And given the board of the agency is full of . . .beekeepers . . . then I don't quite see how this relates I think they call that . . .life ! Don't take it too seriously, no-one gets out alive anyway
  8. 2 points
    I have no idea if this is correct or not . Someone would need to do a Thesis on the theory to prove it . The point is , it actually doesn’t make any difference as we really don’t know how it’s distributed ( by feet , body contact or perhaps even by bees mouthparts ) AND we don’t know how it works . The important bit , that you described perfectly , is treating the nurse bees that are working the brood . This line of thought has stimulated some good conversation
  9. 2 points
    I went recently to a refresher course. I didn't have to resit the test. I was rather surprised that there has not been any follow up from the AFBPMP with a customer survey. In this instance attendees are the customer and a modern organisation should be seeking this feedback. I think the part time inspectors do an amazing job. It is not easy work. But these inspections are not the only programme that AFB is picked up on. There is quite a bit found on Exotic Surveillance Programmes, and I definitely know this for a fact because for many years I undertook this Surveillance.
  10. 2 points
    Borage is putting on a bit of a show... Rata is coming slowly....a bit of a case of wait and see. paddocks of clovet that hsd potential last week are now done. where to next Kimosabhe?
  11. 2 points
    After returning to beeking after a long long time, ( and now being registered myself, rather than family ) , i went to the AFB training day. and passed the 'quiz'. As an 'educational' experience, i was very dissapointed, but also deeply concerned that you could pass a recognition, by picture association rather than by actually learning to recognize AFB. I'll be able to get a DECA in the next few months, and if the course was the sum total of what AFB 'training' was, i think i'd be a liablity.
  12. 2 points
    Sometimes honey bees can get snow blindness. Snow on the ground, the weather gets warm, they go flying and can't get home because they are blind. Could the same be happening with light reflecting off the water?
  13. 2 points
    I think there is some misunderstanding as to how nait works . It is a tool to track the movement of animals but offers zero protection against the movement of untested but infected animals. In @M4tt previous post he mentioned testing about to start for 2500 beef farms . That’s like not bothering to do AFB checks on all outfits that haven’t had a case lately because they are low risk . The reality is that with animals going from dairy farm to calf rearers, to traders , to finishers , the amount of potential for disease transfer is unreal , even with nait being fully complied with . Even in a semi closed beef breeding situation they will still be trading some cattle , so there’s always a risk there too .
  14. 2 points
    hope they identify the NAIT crims and throw the book at them. if everyone had been NAIT compliant in the first place there would be almost nil issue, but the industry lobbied against enforcement by regulators... sound familiar in a beekeeping context?
  15. 2 points
    i made homogenizer out of a windscreen wiper motor from a car and a stainless steel mixing paddle from a milking vat off a dairy farm. 12 volt, runs off a battery charger. and sits on a frame above the vat. works surprisingly well
  16. 2 points
    Hi Chris, He just lives out of town on a farm so just hole in the ground and a spade.Not sure if he accepts non wood, and there is no template to follow. When I was on the committee of ABC I approached to local fire department who had a fire pit for their own training, but they were not interested on praciting on burning hives! I believe that the local fire departments should be more helpfull as they have the facilities to prevent any accidents. Try local industrial incinerator company, they may offer to do it if you need it in the future!
  17. 2 points
    Which is not long. Back when i worked bees in the far north and sometimes dealt with burned out areas, the manuka could regenerate and be a foot or so tall in a couple of years and could yield heavily at that time. Regenerating from a fire is not like a planting. Planted manuka has a good distance between each plant, but manuka regenerating after a fire comes up thick. Solid white when in flower. Their production of other honeys could be affected very long term but i don't think there will be more than a ripple in their manuka production. Might also be that with beekeepers having lost a lot of hives, plus some areas of other honey types being out of production, they will move whatever hives they have left to where the money is, ie, manuka. (Ozzy manuka).
  18. 2 points
    We on this forum don't hear about Manuka sales. We discuss bush/pasture. Maybe the mono M beeks are still getting solid prices or maybe not... Have you considered approaching the local paper? It's a start. Get community support. Sometimes the local info goes national. Get @jamesc and a few others involved. Did you sell a lot of hives/nucs over the years? Was that a larger part of revenue What prices did you sell your crop for previously? Was it over 6-7? If you get 6-7 how might your business move forward?
  19. 1 point
    Light amber is the colour . Liquid tastes like that warm waxy smell of a hive when there is a flow on. ( probably because it’s a Catsear flow). Creamed tastes different . Mild to strong honey flavour . Of course I’m struggling with my description because I don’t know any different . Very hard to beat in my opinion
  20. 1 point
    From.your description I think I have very little southern rata honey here .
  21. 1 point
    That is precisely what I am trying to do...
  22. 1 point
  23. 1 point
    That beautiful . What is the pink flowers . How far south does the echium grow .?
  24. 1 point
    Has anyone noticed fewer bees looking after more Healthy Brood?
  25. 1 point
    What a load of old waffle, other than to say they are intending a meeting on 3 March. I wonder how many hours it took up of rate payers money to write that. Best of luck with speaking rights.
  26. 1 point
    Waipa Council have advised the following... We are looking to take a staff report on possible plan changes to the March 3 meeting. We now have a list of a number of parts/sections of the District Plan which have been identified as needing a look at, review or correction (the bees in residential areas rule is in there), so there is still some analysis to do. Note that the report won’t get into the merits of any changes or recommend possible solutions (delete, retain, amend, amended wording), but is first seeking Council direction on what changes we progress to review. Once we have direction on priorities we will then programme the review and policy analysis. We’re on track for March 3 meeting at this stage. This meeting is open to the public, not sure of the time yet. I have asked if it is possible to speak to the meeting. Many Councils allow a few minutes for people to speak to relevant issues.
  27. 1 point
    Sounds about right for the life we live today. Look at the Democrats blaming Donald Trump for their errors.
  28. 1 point
    Regularly makes it into the news at Papamoa Beach every year or two. I believe they are foraging salt but aren’t great with tides and waves
  29. 1 point
    Did you mean to say 60 ? Do you need all 60 queens or are you covering your self because you expect such big losses
  30. 1 point
    I thought as well the weather but since the last 4 weeks weather up here was nice, a bit of a breeze from the ocean. Very seldom Dragonflies around here. I am running 3 nice drone hives and have commercial beek not that far from here so hopefully drones are not that problem. What has changed here is the amount of Myna birds and Sparrows will take kare of this ones now will see if this makes a difference. Thanks for the information.
  31. 1 point
    It only takes a squall or shower to come through.......I also think they get lost. Our nucs / mating nucs are set-up with different colours and configurations to help with that. Last season, I opened a hive on a site, and the bees were balling a VQ on the floor inside the entrance. I had a good idea which hive she was from, and when I checked that hive there was no VQ, so I put her in there - the bees seemed happy enough, but at my next hive check there was no sign of a Q....
  32. 1 point
    To me most of these climate changing ideas are also about saving $ - grow your own fruit & veges, make your own compost, I don't use the expensive Selwyn District Council rubbish and organic bins cos it would cost me an extra $500 p.a. - once a fortnight we put out a $2.50 rubbish bag, have hunter gatherer friends and family which enables just buying meat on special, buy as little processed food as possible (reading the ingredient label on mayonnaise is enough to put you off for life), this year for Christmas I got a heap of home bake and home made goodies all usable and yummy, got the cheapest power option and think about when I use electricity, the hot water cylinder has an overcoat, a north facing house with double glazing and oh la la the best thing since sliced bread if you have a wooden floor is under floor insulation - unbelievable change, use honey in cooking, have a glass of wine wherever possible - watching The Chase or socialising with friends. So, maybe I am doing my best to save the planet. … buy good quality items that will last. Don't give a stuff about what the latest décor or furniture, is or having the latest clothes! Seriously folks, I am just doing what previous generations have done.
  33. 1 point
    Hi, yes I have used some and they do work, when I've used them I have loaded the smoker normally and then added pellets later when already hot and needing to refuel, but since it never rains in the Bay of Plenty there is always heaps of dry matter on the ground that is easier to use. Particuarly olive tree leaves on the path to the garage that I never sweep; except for gathering smoker fuel. So, generally I have a sack of this in an old chook tucker bag and I prefer that it is faster burning and easier to light. If I was a commercial and needed to run a big smoker all day, then I think the wood pellets would last the distance, with better energy density, but that is not something I've done. I know for a fact that the wood pellets that are used for animal litter trays are the same as for wood burners, but without the moisture QC. If you have the pellets out of the bag unsealed for long enough, then they're all the same again. I know what you are saying, but things are changing at a fast rate globally. So, you may soon find you're wrong. China has had huge EV incentives and makes/uses more electric vehicles than anyone else. These are very cheap cars not seen in NZ because they are LHD and because our market is too small. Not that long ago China didn't care either, but now they do and it is more or less a 180 deg U turn. They still pollute on a massive scale but they have improved a lot. Your argument was that someone needed to tell you what to do. Now someone has suggested some ideas and your argument is that it wont make any difference. So that is a bit different and becoming evasive. It is fair to say that nobody likes change and even less people like being told they have to change. I'm not telling you to change, for all I know you already do more good than I do. Somehow or other we did change and I guess we felt ownership of making the changes ourselves with no loss of $$ nor autonomy on our 800 sqm kingdom. So, it is a really tricky business this climate change. If we each do what we think is right, that is about all we can do at this point. The politicians would call that a conscience vote. Hi, our one does not. They have them in schools as boilers to heat reticulated water so they sure can be wetbacks but for home heating and the rules in places like christchurch I think they need to burn quite hot to pass the rules and regulations. I'm in Papamoa, but I think I'm right in saying that pellet fires are now the only fires you are allowed to install in urban Christchurch now. If they were wet backs they probably wouldn't meet the reg's in CHC. We are getting our power for 12c a unit between 9pm and 7am. This saves us a bunch of money. So much so I put a timer on the HWC to turn on at 9pm and I put the thermostat up to the maximum possible (70C?) so that it switches off at 7am and doesn't get more electricity until 9pm at night. This is working for us and no cold showers so far (after about 1.5 years of that so far). I'm saving about $1300 per year over our previous supplier. more than 60% of our power use is after 9pm.
  34. 1 point
    Thank you Trevor. Apology much appreciated. I must admit in this day and age, quite simply there are some words disappearing out of our every vocabulary e.g. Sorry, thank you, much appreciated
  35. 1 point
    Definitely not, I am saying you need to do some serious thinking yourself. And don't call every one who does not agree with you an idiot. I don't care if you believe in Climate change or not. I just get sick of everyone trying to tell me what to believe.
  36. 1 point
    Just try Yellow Box honey from Euc melliodora https://www.honeytraveler.com/single-flower-honey/yellow-box-honey/ Very good honey, much more complex than NZ clover.
  37. 1 point
    Global Warming is causing our Climate to Change, it is that simple. How can you you see a conspiracy in that? You have got to change your news sources. You can rant with half truths about Greta and Climate Activists going to conferences, but try to stick to the facts- the science is is undeniable, Human Activity is causing the earth to warm dramatically, which is causing our Climate to change dangerously.
  38. 1 point
    "Science was then considered dehumanizing in English public schools, and for dabbling in chemistry Darwin was condemned by his headmaster", a quote from a biography on Darwin. If Darwin were alive today, he would hold Human Induced Climate Change Deniers in the same contempt that he held the Religious Establishment at the time. Crazy that you would use Darwin to support your argument. I hope you don't base all your decisions in life on backing the 3%, over the 97%- it isn't a winning formula!
  39. 1 point
    The beauty of it all lies in that the good Australian folk, oh yes hand in hand with some big Kiwi operators are simply doing what NZ was doing prior to the MPI standard. i.e. shooting themselves in the feet (yes feet, plural). NZ has the biggest and best golden opportunity in our lap to maintain a genuine item, grown, processed, packed and marketed from NZ, sold at a premium price. The one and only genuine NZ Manuka honey. The ugly is in the producer not getting a fair slice of the cake here at the present and I suspect if we don't wake up to this then it will indeed continue to the advantage of the marketer/exporter.
  40. 1 point
    When I was 12 I met an old beekeeper somewhere north of Auckland who told me that he had seen his bees working pohutukawa by moonlight. I have found over the years if there is something for them to do and it's warm enough they will work. I have seen a tremendous honey flow happening on a day with low cloud\fog and very light drizzle. Today was beautiful but with Hawke's Bay baked dry the hives were very disappointing.
  41. 1 point
    Mate. There are lots of Beeks on this Forum who have met me and I very much doubt that any of them consider me to be a difficult or overly confrontational sort of individual. Life has taught me that often the faults we see in others are actually the same faults we see in our selves. This is why such faults can be intolerable. As it happens Im substantially German so can understand your position.
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  43. 0 points
    Can't say Ive seen sth island east coast bait but they sure are a good size on the westcoast,but have caught very nice bait in the BOP and waikato also. Dont think the new regulations will effect me much. If it helps protect the fishery and we all can put a six month supply in the freezer then all good i say. Whitebaiting cows? Seen a few in the river, wondered why they were there, now I know. Have shot a couple with 270 but use a 7mm08 for that. Bullet stays in the head,not so messy. As to where i am, im 30ks inland of Hokitika on a farm beside a lake souroundered by bush. No neighbors. And as for rearing queens in numbers i try not to, a single brood i have has just produced a couple that ive had to run around catching. Yay. The pumpkin thing sounds a bit dangerous.
  44. 0 points
    I would like to think that sense would prevail, and if I wanted to improve the issue I would be looking at positive ways other district councils have got around the issue and why they should persue an amicable way forward. The reality is the rate payer is the customer, some e.g. the Selwyn District Council forget. In the townships here, it costs $300 for an apiary consent. I don't know how long the consent is for. The town boundaries keep extending, and even if the boundary is still encompassing a paddock a commercial beekeeper is expected to pay, and this is clover production! I am sure that there are larger councils than Waipa that have gained a satisfactory conclusion; taking into account all stakeholders. I would be looking at why those particular consents are so expensive and what happens to that money. And how much it cost to produce the wording of Phil's post earlier today. I think there would be a few getting massive pay cuts if I were the chair! And because this particular Chair is so in Love With Bees, I would decree that Waipa have a massive bee friendly garden, every household must have 1-2 honey production hives, I would decree instead of planting pinus radiata plantations that non manuka native florals be planted, and all the bureaucrats that have been made redundant can run the Waipa Council Honey Extraction Plant, and all their secretaries can pack and market the honey; and thereby as primary producers will contribute overly to NZ GDP! Haha haha And of course I would rock up and tell the Waipa Beekeeping Council Employees how to produce large numbers of quality queen cells! And of course their will be a training programme for Waipa Council Staff to sell the native floral honeys in China I will utilise the council dog pound. It will be the sniffer dog training base
  45. 0 points
    Yes, and if Comvita doesn't make more sales to cover gift, impact on bottom line and will affect profit - and any possible payout to shareholders - although that looks like it won't be anytime soon. Personally, would have preferred that they had dropped the cost of the same dressings in NZ to something that made them affordable - last time I inquired for a friend, pharmacy's have to order them in when a customer orders them, as too expensive for most at $25 each, so too slow moving to be worth carrying stock.
  46. 0 points
    ….and you have been wondering for sometime what to diversify in?
  47. 0 points
    i find that comparison rather insulting towards real scientists, that are utilizing a certain codex and fact base work ethic centered around transparency, repeatability and neutrality and NOT hostility. He rather seems to be a tinkerer (whether a skillful one or not I cannot tell) that seems to rather violently engage anybody asking even the slightest critical questions or disagree with his personal opinions. If this is just due to his personality, countless unfortunate misunderstandings or just fear that his buisness model might take damage if he had to transparently address any criticism I dont know. Personally as long as those strips havent been FULLY assessed by a more neutral party that gives me the feeling that i can trust her im staying away from them. There are plenty of methods to get rid of mites that are proven to work. even when one wants to get away from synthetics. Needless to say that actual breeding towards more mite resistant/tolerant bee genetics should play a myor role. Randy Oliver has given some very good insights into that matter recently.
  48. -1 points
    Sorry @ChrisM That is so funny.
  49. -2 points
    So I'm thinking crunch time is upon me ####load of hives bit of honey coming in good quality clover , poss 5-7$ kg? 3.50-5$? If wanted at all? 3.5 -5 game over 6-7 might have a chance Not wanted - game over... 4th generation beekeeper I thought to myself over 100 years in the family game and it might end with me? Tough times ahead? Tough times now.... I'm with @jamesc the problem needs advertising must be going to get serious very soon ? I'm a proactive beekeeper queens,nucs,pollen,honey,venom, proplas ,pollination but the structure of company relies heavily on a sold honey crop . Keep thinking this could be the never ending nightmare.🤔
  50. -2 points
    @Matt I agree when I was dairy farming 10 years ago we always had a cow with symptoms similar to M Bovis so I'm sure it's been in nz for a while. Because it didn't seem to spread to the rest of the herd we didn't worry about it and the vets had no idea. I've just read in the local paper that a herd in Opotiki has been infected so I feel for the people involved having to destroy all their livestock. 😦
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