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tommy dave

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  1. the good news is that it looks that there is something going on and that it's being raised. bad news is the weak hive. I'm going to hit oxalic/glycerine strips for the first time this late summer/autumn. I hope that i can contribute in some way. Happy to try any sensible suggested side-by-side approaches. Obviously will only be small sample size etc but might help somehow?
  2. yup, and the more that simple message is communicated, the better beyond that though, there are afb pics in there, and there are yet further benefits in those pics circulating ever more widely edit, and fundamental and terrifying regarding competence at mpi: calling afb and nosema "endemic" means a level of absolute ignorance and incompetence in those supposed to be expert... some useless bureaucrats need to go back to school...
  3. i'm trying to think of ways to get it out there. Agree re commercial sponsorship. about 9,000 registered beekeepers from memory. no idea on cost, assuming $10 per unit which is likely an over-estimate, that's just shy of $100k there are plenty of organisations and sites/similar (e.g. this forum, various facebook groups) with reasonably decent reach. If it was made available at cost - noting at the time that the longer term goal is to make it available for free to those who haven't already received it so nobody gets bitter paying for something later available for free, but that later distribution bit pending funding - to beekeepers prepared to pay, and a decent information push through various channels.... I wonder whether we'd end up with 50% of registered beekeepers covering the cost, and happy for the others to freeload due to everyone gaining a benefit - plus a reduced taxpayer/mpi cost? Many hobbyists likely spend that on coffee in a week and would love to virtue signal, most commercials would stomach a one-off $10 cost. Can't see a real downside to my idea other than freeloading/prisoner's dilemma risk, which doesn't really matter if open up-front there must be something we can do for something that so clearly sounds of value to all of us.
  4. would be nice to know the cost. Say it's $10, i'd buy one. And reckon plenty of clubs would subsidise that to some extent for their members. Although, in some senses, it might be of most value to be able to get this to those specifically not engaged with clubs, nor fora, nor beekeeping groups, nor experienced beekeepers - and sending it to everyone would access that. Perhaps an option for some sort of supplier rebate so that a copy was available free with any order (opt out available) of over say $200 from any of the major, or wannabe major, equipment suppliers? Hopefully the right people are thinking about options. Wonder if there's some sort of leverage available off the model used for the plastic paua tools and combo paua/cray/scallop tools that mpi provide free of charge? they're everywhere = great way of spreading the rules for fish size limits. Hell, after the mid-winter "flow" my bees found in one apiary (guaranteed robbing something) i'd pay for one for every registered beekeeper with apiaries within 500m of mine (excluding one particular apiary which i'd imagine might get pricy so i'd want to check that cost in advance).
  5. awesome, thanks to all involved. surely there must be a way, at the very least, that MPI can get the AFB PMP to email this to every registered beekeeper? Similar with that recent guidance about treating varroa with non-registered stuff like OA-Glycerine strips - i struggle to even find it...
  6. @Alastair I'm not sure if i'm reading the table describing imports by country of origin at the end of the document correctly, but if I am then the numbers, particularly imported from NZ, make interesting reading too - and described in that section in kilograms and $US
  7. bees are sometimes like people, so... yes
  8. i've seen it in nelson, ants wiped out an otherwise strong and healthy hive owned by a friend of mine.
  9. the series is worth a watch for at least one episode to see whether it's to your taste: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/shows/spiky-gold-hunters/episodes/s1-e1
  10. spiky gold eh interesting how a tv series is making a commercial fishing hero of a fisheries poacher eh: https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/southland/diver-convicted
  11. are you planning to try and sell as manuka honey? there's no other reason to care about timing, no (should say "very few" cos likely there's at least one out there) beekeepers really believe that manuka honey taken as food has health benefits beyond those from other honey types
  12. terrifying eh word is there were a bunch found dumped at otaki river mouth today/this week. Likely stolen by someone who then found out there is no market for things worth less than $0
  13. i don't get why people race to a conclusion that type A or type B is better in NZ plenty of success stories throughout nz with both carniolian and italian bees it's not like the nz beekeeping industry failed to produce honey, healthy bees and survival prior to the importation of carnie bees. makes sense to me that people would prefer the bees that suit their approach to beekeeping, which is likely learnt via exposure to the bees they have/become used to wonder if there's a survivor amm nearby - what do the bees look like? might be worth a pic, think it's @Bighands who would likely be interested? as well as the rest of us that is! take a pic of a frame of bees from that hive for all of us!
  14. you're forgetting that nobody really believes that meeting the export standard means that the predominant floral source for the nectar is manuka. Not even MPI - they describe it quite carefully in that sense... almost worth donating to get access to PMs/ unrelated - on a forum i used to moderate (still a mod, but no longer really active) there was a lot of jest about the use of PMS vs PMs given what the acronym stands for
  15. crap. Turns out the boxes of frames (several hundred) i have stored out of sight vaguely in mind are all full depth. And all the boxes i made up are 3/4 depth. So I put in an order for a few frames with a major supplier. Couple of working days later got an email stating that the gear was packed for consignment and about to be picked up. A couple more days later i got a phone call saying, yeah, about that, we're out of stock. Suspected that an important customer turned up and scooped the kit, but deal is that their boiler failed so they couldn't coat frames for a while. Bit annoying, getting the money refunded and going elsewhere this time. Doesn't matter who it is (we've all made mistakes/had stuff happen), does act as a reminder to call about orders if you care about them turning up within a week or two. I've got some kitset full-depth boxes i think, so looks like i'll be dealing with a little bit of extra weight in a handful of boxes this summer... main note to self though - check kit rather than assume i know what i have on hand, and get organised earlier rather than later!!!
  16. if it has manuka pollen in it then it's likely the bees actually went near a manuka bush. Unlike some of the honey being sold as manuka under the old approach of blend anything approaching bush honey and if in doubt stir in some chemistry
  17. suspect it's the owner's beekeeping that is swarmy, not the queen. Keeping it will give the beekeeper a lesson in competence in swarm competence that giving it back will never do
  18. you'd probably get someone complaining about pest plants/weeds, plenty of people throwing kfc rubbish out the window, and nobody helping...
  19. as a hobbyist it's really interesting watching friends taste honey from distinct extractions - location and timing key distinguishing factors. Taste preference is all over the place. My taste sounds similar to yours.
  20. i've got vegan friends who don't eat honey, and others who do. It's one of those foods that seems on the divide. Pretty much all of them are keen (or have already) to some day jump in a beesuit
  21. sounds like those who are having to adjust are those who are causing afb problems for everyone. If someone who is causing afb problems for everyone is inconvenienced, well, that's great. Pile on the inconvenience and apply all the penalties available.
  22. do you think that a spring nectar flow into the hive would mean more of the later flows being stored as honey while the early flow was re-invested by the bees into new bees rather than ripened and capped? the impact of early flows and extra boxes of honey overwintered on hives has been a question i've been wondering on for a while
  23. you're assuming that they are competent, which is a big assumption. Wonder whether they should more likely be excluded due to conflict of interest, could well be people who want a barrier to entry to beekeeping in their area... - wonder what their fee was for consent? my guess - $0 it's almost like saying something like "glad karin from api-nz is involved" when it comes to something beekeeping related
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