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Stoney

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Stoney last won the day on November 22 2020

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  • Swarm Collection Area
    Okuku
  • DECA Holder
    Yes
  • Beekeeping Experience
    Commercial Beekeeper
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    021 971 840

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  1. Quality will be well down around here with only 50%flowering and Yo-Yo weather.
  2. Surely the total value of 470 big ones would be made up mostly of buyers export declarations more so than what goes into beekeepers pockets.. most guys I know sell to buyers who then either add value and export or add a zero and export .. that big wheels got lots of small cogs turning it.
  3. I’ve got plenty new growth without buds, south facing areas although still very patchy are better than north facing.. a fair bit of energy went into the heavy bloom here last year I recon this year it’s taking a breather.
  4. I get the bees right in amongst the scrub really avoid having them fly any distance this really pays off in strong nor west wind , they still get out and about just stay close to home. Last season we had 2 weeks of gales as soon as they went in but still put good weight on..
  5. Was it poor flowering or good flowering during that bad wet patch of weather through November caused it Maru? my spot has poor flowering this year, last year was heavy bloom with great tests, still shifting more in tonight tho, glad to see the thick clover looking like it’s done it’s dash..
  6. Jimmys burnt that much fossil fuel driving back and forth to the bees he’s not too sure if he’s lookin at the sun setting in the west or rising in the east..
  7. Possibly hunting for Manuka sites.. wink wink
  8. There’s another outfit does them too pretty sure they’re up your way.. Cant quite remember there name at the mo.. blackducks are the ducks nuts tho.. they will hold a half litre of water on the passenger seat no problem..!
  9. Not sure but certainly possible.. half of ours went to the EU in drums the other half was packed and labelled here which I think is cool.. I’d like all our honey packed into jars In NZ .. who knows where the drums end up and with what..
  10. @Wildflowerim guessing you will be surrounded with green clover laden pasture possibly under pivot irrigation as well, this weather we are getting now hot, calm and humid with an abundance of forage sources should mean you could open up your hives without a suit .. I will go as far to suggest the temper issues may be genetic.. I worked veil less today the bees are working hard on a heavy flow.
  11. Could go either way.. wouldn’t take much for little nz to get tangled up in this web...
  12. Kanuka pouring in round here as we strip them down give them fresh empties and move them into the scrub, there’s more clover flowering than Manuka scrub this year so fingers are crossed for some multi at least. hives shifted in 7days ago have good weight already around 7-10kg. finally getting constant heat .. happy bees happy me.
  13. Well I suppose if it was easy .. everybody would be doing it ..
  14. Few yrs ago at last job we had sites down the coast, one load of bees was mistakenly unloaded at the wrong spot in the bush.. after working those bees a few times we received an email from the department asking for them to please be moved... within 2 months. We had a bit of a laugh as that would have given us the honey flow there.. but moved them anyway. another time the driver mistook the roadies gravel site as the bee site, dropped them off and very next day we received a call... “ move them tonight or we will push em into the bush with the loader” they got moved quick too.
  15. thanks for the tip @jamesc... see how the plans turn out..
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