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Maggie James

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  1. My understanding is historically with post colonisation, no matter what the ethnic group in NZ, manuka was manuka.  


    If Australians reverted to a non indigenious common name such as Ti Tree or Tea Tree for a varietal that was not Leptospernum scoparium, well I guess that's their choice.  

  2. 2 hours ago, Jhah said:

    check my photo in gallery is it phaecelia? might be spelling badly.

    Your excellent photo looks to me like phaecelia, but here in mid Canterbury, a major seed production area, it doesn't to my knowledge flower until now.  I have been out this afternoon photographing large paddocks of flowering phaecelia.  

  3. I agree it is a lot slower with the beekeeper there, but that is not always practical and I think depends on the circumstance. 


    As an  AP2 for exotic surveillance for 15 years, and because of the geographic size of the inspection area and the amount of hives and apiaries to inspect, and working on week days, also round weather patterns etc, I would never have finished my Biosecurity NZ contract, nor would the routes I traveled have been as economic, and my line manager placed a certain emphasis on time management skills.  


    However with a COI for which the beekeeper pays, I will only inspect if the beekeeper is there and I tell them how long the inspection will take and it is an excellent learning tool for them, and I also have a chat about what other "tools" they have in their educational and networking kit.  

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  4. On 1/01/2021 at 10:48 AM, dansar said:

    So many parts of the country with no excess honey flow. Hives are maintaining weight (barely). Some sites require a hive or two topping up with some syrup. On the positive side, the weather has settled somewhat and finally getting a better percentage of queens mated.

    Hives that haven’t performed have been used to split for replacements and hopefully a few increases.

    What are the light cappings Dansar?

  5. 22 hours ago, Goran said:

    When I thought this year is finally over we got 2 earthquakes ( 5,2 and 6,2 Richter) some 70km away from us, also some minor ones.. We did got shook but so far I must be quiet. Near the epicenter, these people were hit bad, this second which happen today took some lives unfortunately.. We have few more days in 2020., so this might not be over yet ?

    Hi Goran - There was quite a bit of footage on the TV news last night re Croatia and the quakes.  Fingers crossed for you.  I know what constant earthquakes are like, and how suddenly everything can look like a war zone. And on top of this your country has the Covid issue.  Keep Safe & Take Care.  

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  6. 41 minutes ago, Dennis Crowley said:

    Also people you are forgetting that the AFB agency is not there to find your AFB, you as the beekeeper are it is your responsibility 

    I am well aware it is my responsibility.  But others out there can't or don't want to understand that, and some just let it go rampant for whatever reason.  I can't be responsible for them and I can't take the law into my own hands.

  7. 10 minutes ago, Trevor Gillbanks said:

    The SNI Group has been assisting with this project for about 3 years.

    The first part of the project is to identify the volatiles that make up AFB (my words, not scientific).

    Massey University in Palmerston North is doing the Laboratory work to identify the volatiles.


    Trevor, was it my imagination the other night when I saw the item on TV1, was there a Plant and Food scientists interviewed?  Are they also involved?

  8. 24-27 Dec (incl) we received 48 mm rain with day time temps of 8.  Yesterday no rain, but can see snow on the Alps, and we have got the cold beasterly easterly.  Parked the vehicle not too close to hives, but they still decided to dump three days of evacuations on it!  Heavy duty car wash required.  

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  9. 1 hour ago, john berry said:

    Most areas would have supported higher hive numbers at the peak of the flow but sensible stocking rates mean less feeding and more production at both the start and the end of the season giving less costs and much higher production per hive on average.

    I think there was less AFB, and even in some bigger operations it was considered a rarity, and if found drastic measures were undertaken with quarantines, traceability and culling gear.    

  10. 1 hour ago, Gerrit said:

    Maybe your Mainland FD supers are over sized to ours or a "typo"

    On a good flow, have definitely done 50 kg bulk honey in a LANGSTROTH EIGHT FRAME FULL DEPTH box.  But not always; particularly lately!  


    Haven't done full depth export cut comb for a few years, but I always loathed lifting that undersupered 3/4 depth bulk honey underneath it.  That 3/4 box was heavy lifiting - a real b.....d when doing the AFB check & escaping prior to harvest!  Although loved the honey cheque for cut comb.  

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  11. 1 hour ago, BRB said:

    Having hives on a shed roof is a good idea until you have to put your 5th FD super on a hive and need a ladder. At least I built a flat level platform. 

    I'm disappointed that the cam locks aren't long enough for 7 boxes.. I had to find 2 strops to do the job..

    If those boxes are chocka with honey, do you need to consider weight bearing issues?  A full depth super can hold 50 kg of honey.  How many hives & supers do you have and what might be the total weight of your crop and brood boxes on the roof top, plus your own weight?

  12. 23 minutes ago, nikki watts said:

    hes in  the south island and said no other beek had a problem with not feeding and the 6km glyphosate barrier. We only have bush here and it doesn’t yield any nectar or, more importantly pollen

    Sounds to me like, someone is in cloud cuckoo land

  13. On 11/12/2020 at 12:07 PM, Timw said:

    The queen was produced by the colony in late 2018 and was seen today

    I would definitely requeen this hive.  This old girl will be past her best by date!


    On 11/12/2020 at 12:21 PM, Gino de Graaf said:

    Remember,seeing DWV does not mean you have a high mite load now, after 3 weeks. The virus hangs around for a while, and goes away once hive gets healthy.

    Again, without an accurate mite count you're guessing what's going on. 

    I agree with this


    On 12/12/2020 at 3:09 PM, frazzledfozzle said:

    It is to a certain extent.

    The resident queen right now is getting on and won’t be laying as prolifically as a young one. 
    Introducing a young queen will increase healthy bee numbers quickly.

    In this instance with an old queen, I definitely agree with this.  You will need to check you have young nurse bees in the hive, to aid acceptance of the queen.  Maybe transfer a healthy brood frame over from another hive.


    22 hours ago, JohnF said:

    It would be interesting to follow a hive and test the eggs for DWV  - I would imagine this would start or accelerate the actual collapse of the hive

    To me, varroa is the start or the accelerate of this collapse of this hive.  My understanding from a number of well known beekeeping scientists is that varroa is the vector of viruses that affect bees.  The exception is Black Queen Cell Virus (and that's another story)

  14. 8 minutes ago, nikki watts said:

    we’ve had one company that buys a small amount of our honey ask us to sign a supply doc stating we won’t site our hives within 6km of any area that uses glyphosate. i realise i could just sign and say as far as we know that the case but that’s not how his contract is worded and i’m not keen to sign something knowing i can’t be 100% sure,  i don’t control what others do on their own land.

    There were other things like not feeding any syrup and not moving hives just to get a crop.  

    i think it’s just a feel like good marketing doc to show potential buyers. When  i questioned how any beek could sign the agreement i was told plenty have.

    I think someone might be living in cloud cuckoo land, not knowing what can get blown or simply float for long distances in certain weather conditions.  Unless, you've got a couple of season's honey stacked in the shed that you can't sell, you definitely need syrup in this neck of the woods.  Not many sites are stationary a whole year now.  If they aren't chasing honey, it's pollination or pollen stores for buildup. And one of the reasons we have Langstroth hives is so bees can be moved in large numbers.  Surprised, they are not advocating the use of skeps!


    I have always been really lucky.  I don't pollinate crops such as radish.  Some farmers are practising as few chemicals as possible, undertaking rotational cropping, and on one large site I am at the land is fallow every seventh year, and the types of crops are good bee feed, the outer hedges gorse.  Some are using seaweed & fish derivatives as fertilers.  Currently flowering crops on one of these farms are excellent bee fodder, and we have had good weather in the last week, so it's all go & hives looking good.  


    But I care about when & what I treat with for varroa, don't move brood frames into honey supers, and aware of C4.  A big believer in using hive mats to prevent robbing & lessen the likelihood of AFB & I use escape boards.  

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  15. 50 minutes ago, tristan said:

    the catch is i think the limit is zero.

    the hard part with commercial beekeeping is your always next door to someone that has afb. its just a numbers game.

    even good guys who don't have an afb problem, will get caught out by it.

    I fill out a harvest dec.  When I sell honey I give permission to the packer/exporter to contact the apiary register re my AFB history and whether my sites were registered at the time of harvest.  I know that my honey on it's own won't show AFB, but when it gets mixed with someone else's it might.


    Where do you draw the line on the cost to the beekeeper in terms of lab analysis and the associated costs?  The other month we had a glyhosate issue in honey on the news.  What will it be next? 

    46 minutes ago, tristan said:

    on that note,

    one thing thats been brassing me off at the mo is the sheer amount of brood thats coming through extraction.

    so many crowds simply don't seam to care.

    The extraction plant I use, rejects frames containing brood

  16. 1 hour ago, jamesc said:

    Ah .... brings back memories of the other year when DOC took us to court for having bees on their land ....I'm still shaking my head in disbelief at their total ignorance .... the thought of it still makes me as mad as a Rattlesnake  .... that a Gvt office who are  one of the largest landowners in the country could be so small minded, mean  and petty in their dealings with us who pay their wages ..... 

    Was there another beekeeper involved in this scenario?


    I am tired (blame it on queen cell production) and it's a c..p night on tv.  We must be the only country in the world that one channel devotes it's whole night to Coro St.  So, yes, certainly interested in some truthful light entertainment to be sighted from the couch!



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