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Stoney last won the day on May 15

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  1. Feel for you... and really hope it shows up. We had one stolen couple yrs back along with a fair bit of gear.. not ideal. Good luck.
  2. If you have mesh pallet floors @jamesc take my word for it... you’ll need a way of blocking it. When I worked for James we vaped the whole outfit but found without blocking the floors was no good.. first we tried sacking to block them, but was slow so made up a piece of ply with a screwed on wedges on one end and would slide it under two hives on one end of pallet then place another wooden wedge under it to secure it to the hive mesh, blocking it. this unit I like because you can do 3 before a refil unlike the provap but the operating temps for vaping oxalic is also important so it’s not heated past 230deg.. is there a controller here to maintain the burner temp?
  3. They’re a workhorse but can be pretty noisey, I’ve had a briford tandem for 15 yrs it’s done some serious work in my past life as a stone mason, dragged up and down the Waimakariri riverbed loaded up with stone, had to re do the swivel part of the suspension a couple times but the deck still looks new due to sheets of 12 mm ply used as a buffer pad. Good solid well built trailer.
  4. By crikey jimmy that is one heck of a hut you got ya self there.. outstanding.
  5. I had an idea for info Sharing afb cases a couple yrs ago while in a management role and attempting to create solutions to ongoing AFB issues in a particular area... and I put it to Marco. it involved beekeepers that neighbour or share an area with each other all agreeing to let each other see their individual apiweb info.. I thought this was a great idea and promptly jumped on the phone and ran it past 2 neighbouring large commercials.. surprisingly they both liked it and wanted to know more about how it could work.. Why not take this further me thinks... and add varroa treatment- and timings so everyone’s aware what everyone’s up to.. following several excited calls back and forwards it turned out the technology with apiweb was unable to do this for us. Of course we could have used our own system and simply added our sites onto some mapping software to share info etc. A change in my role with that company never saw the idea realised.
  6. Just to clarify.. $100 per drum per month is to have that drum sitting in the hot room to grow... storage... well that’s about $7.00 but yes @Trevor Gillbanks , Maybe silly is the word to use .
  7. I’ve been having a think about setting a shipping container up at home for storage of some of our honey and for growing some Manuka out. Thinking of setting it up with an extractor fan for helping to maintain growing temp during the hotter months and panel heaters for colder months. It costs just Over $100 per drum per month to grow out manuka at the extraction plant we use which is just down the road from us. What sort of set ups do the smaller sized operations have around the country and what has worked well or failed miserably for you? Obviously will still have a couple of audits per year for storage RMP plus the application fees.. wondering if it’s worth the paperwork/costs.. feedback welcome..
  8. I agree regarding the need to monitor Mite loads... although I’d say not many do and for various reasons.
  9. That’s great for those of us with hives tucked up in the beech.. what say those keepers with only a pasture crop..? @jamesc your coast holiday sounds exactly like mine... is my missus not telling me something here? ... could The coop be formed around a driftwood fuelled beach fire..?
  10. You’d have to harvest something other than M to get $112 kg down here though. Maybe Jimmy, Stella and the 500 ponies could pick you up on the way to the promised land.
  11. My boy is a couple of yrs into the bee sting desensitisation program, his doctor tells me the venom they use is imported from America... there was a shortage last year, due to wasp venom being sent instead of bee venom. luckily didn’t effect us, but sheesh.
  12. This is often the case I recon.. and the polite guy sits back and says he doesn’t want to rock the boat or upset anyone when in reality some of these cowboys are only still there because there’s no fresh option for the owner.. its probably worth a door knocking mission with a couple boxes of honey on the back seat and nothing on the to do list.. that is of course if chasing the rainbow floats your boat..
  13. Any issues with them Fraz? Zips, rips, etc? They do seem a wee bit lighter than the heavy cotton I wear.. time for a change maybe..
  14. Ok so found it in the trash .. odd coloured sheriff suits on special..
  15. I read that email also Maggie.. I’m pretty sure those cheap sheriff suits were odd coloured ones.. but can’t check for you as I’ve deleted the mail. ... gently steers thread back on topic
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