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About Maggie James


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  1. I have certainly done 100+ kg on the Plains and in an urban environment. But certainly not 100kg+ every year on the Plains - you need to be slap bang on a really good nectar crop. And it is getting harder with dairy expansion. There is certainly more mixed farming this year, but sheep pasture I note has very few weeds in it and is intensely monitored. The last two summers have been extremely hot, so this is conducive to grains and cereal production. Also this year, there seems to be a lot of beans and pea cropping; Out this way the local council for safety encourage farmers to mow the roadsides. So all in all there are becoming less and less floral sources. The local council certainly does encourage native plantings along waterways. In an urban environment it is very easy to achieve 100 kg+, but that is only if there are floral sources. More and more we are seeing concrete jungles with very little variety in floral sources and if there are planting they are often mass plantings of easy care plants. Also, not everyone is interested in gardening and with high mortgages, not all have time to garden. The generalist statements, alleged above, by a tutor can be very misleading for beginners and can in turn lead to a multitude of problems.
  2. Another reason why we have got over stocking of hives is due to idiots such as this
  3. TransAlpine Greymouth Otira, sounds like it might be the best land option. Beautiful wide carriages with lotsa room, and low viewing windows.
  4. With a moniker like that shouldn't he take the yacht from Auckland to Greymouth then catch the Transalpine to Otira? Or hitch a ride on a honey truck!
  5. They will be making the hive hotter because they are now blocking the entrance. Prob not enough room for them all to be inside when they are not foraging. Definitely agree with Alastair - get rid of that bit of wood that appears to be under the hive. Then today at a cooler time, do a hive inspection. You need to check for swarm cells. if the hive is really crowded and you are in for a hot day, don't go inspecting in hot temperatures cos you will interfere with their natural ventilation system and you may cause them to swarm
  6. Is there sugar or honey in that compost bin
  7. Have you tried the ApiNZ librarians birdsnbees@xtra.co.nz or the current editor of the Journal editor@apinz.co.nz What is the article you require? I do hold some very old Journal articles, but not the whole J.
  8. Instead of queen bee for guys, perhaps we could have honey!
  9. Hi John - Good article About The Apiary pg 33 this Nov, Beekeeper journal. Plain language, good photography
  10. Hi something to do with white bait. It will be interesting to see further in the season how well mated they are. Not saying they won't be, but I guess time will tell.
  11. Why do people call these swarm cups play cups? To me generally swarm cups are built when the queen is running out of space to lay and/or (particularly if there are large numbers of swarm cells), the queen is exhibiting an increased swarming strain.
  12. Why were you hoping that they would swarm?
  13. CANTERBURY HUB NOTICES ALL WELCOME TO EVENTS BUT ONLINE RESERVATION REQUIRED https://apinzcanterbury.org.nz/ MEALS CANCELLED AFTER 10.00 A.M. ON THE DAY WILL BE INVOICED If registering for meeting only, Hub committee request you buy a beverage from our host TUESDAY 26 NOVEMBER END OF YEAR MEETING: Darfield Hotel, South Tce (SH73), Darfield REGISTRATION: Opens 26 October. Closes Friday 22 November 3.00 pm or maximum of 30 diners 6.00 PM HOUSE BAR 6.30–7.30 PM MEAL: Two course set menu $26 (pay on night). Includes Hub complimentary garlic bread & pesto 7.30 PM: CHAIR FOR EVENING: Nick Taylor, General Manager, NZ Beeswax Ltd, Orari 7.35 PM PRESENTATION 1: BUILDING FINANCIAL RESILIENCE IN YOUR FARMING BUSINESS… LESSONS LEARNT FROM PAST CRISES IN THE FARMING INDUSTRY. HOW YOUR BANK CAN HELP! Chris Wylie, Senior Partner, Canterbury Agribusiness, Bank of New Zealand 7.50 PM PRESENTATION 2: Andy Munro, Chair, North Canterbury, Rural Support Trust 8.00 PM PANEL DISCUSSION WITH Q&A FROM AUDIENCE: BUILDING RESILIENCE IN YOUR BEEKEEPING BUSINESS… WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD? WHAT YOU NEED IN YOUR TOOL KIT! PERSPECTIVES FROM THE PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE… Chris Wylie. Andy Munro. Geoff Hantz, Hantz Honey Ltd. Sean Goodwin, 100% Pure NZ Honey Ltd (We have also drafted questions for the Chair to pose to panellists) 8.55 PM: RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO BEEKEEPERS: ... Let’s compile a list 9.00 PM: HIVE REPORTS: From audience. Summary 2019/20 season to date 9.25PM: OUR WHIZZY HUB EVENTS FEB-MAY 2020: Maggie James 9.30 PM: CLOSURE & MERRY CHRISTMAS: Nick Taylor If you need assistance with, or wish to amend, your reservation please contact the committee via admin@apinzcanterbury.org.nz DECEMBER & JANUARY: No meeting AUGUST HUB MEETING: Just under 50 attendees visited Rod & Jo Dreavers’ honey facility. Starting with Dreavers’ tour, cuppa, then glyphosate panel discussion, we then moved onto a local pub for a good value meal having a thoroughly enjoyable night; to get thrown out at closing time. The Hub hired an urn and pie warmer. Thanks to Rod & Jo providing hot savouries and cuppa. Thanks also to our panelists. See Martin Laas’ review page 53, October, Beekeeper Journal. Photo Below: August meeting glyphosate discussion panel - L to R: John Smart, Honey Buyer, Airborne Honey. Jo Townshend, Research Manager, Midlands Seeds. Duncan Lash, Specialist Adviser, Food Safety, MPI. Don MacLeod, ApiNZ Science & Research Focus Group SEPTEMBER HUB MEETING: Prior to this meeting we inspected Alan Slade’s, Lovely Honey mobile extraction unit. 25 attended this enjoyable evening on Varroa monitoring and Nosema testing. Thanks Rae Butler and Martin Laas for this presentation. Extensive discussion included hive reports. It appears that quite a few Hub beekeepers are using synthetic chemicals for the first and last treatments of the season, and in between times organic treatments. One Christchurch beekeeper stated his treatments were totally organic. See November, Beekeeper Journal for review of this meeting. DUE TO REQUESTS – HUB PRESENTATIONS AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE: http://www.apinzcanterbury.org.nz/index.php/presentations Canterbury Hub Beekeepers’ Day Out, May 2019: How to Reduce the Incidence of AFB Without Burning Hives Dr Mark Hyslop, Commercial Beekeeper & Ex-Scientist Hub Meeting (referred to above), August 2019: Glyphosate Residues in Honey Don MacLeod, Hobbyist Beekeeper & Scientist
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