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Dave Black

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Dave Black last won the day on August 5 2020

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  1. My experience suggests no-one looks at the document library any more... Crown copyright permits non-commercial use with attribution as long as it is accurate and not disreputable, and they didn't voice any concern when I told them what I did previously.
  2. I haven't read through this thoroughly yet, but perhaps someone can explain this apparent contradiction to me (from the summary)? "Average honey prices paid to New Zealand beekeepers in 2018/19... fell significantly for most honey types apart from monofloral mānuka honey. The value of New Zealand’s pure honey exports increased by 2 percent in 2018/19... with higher export prices (up 10 percent)..."
  3. Like it says on the tin... 2018-Apiculture-monitoring-report.pdf
  4. I'm a little behind in seeking this out, but it's always a useful reference point, and I see 2018 is not there at all so I've added that in a seperate post. These have been made available on the Forum since at least 2012... 2019-Apiculture-monitoring-report.pdf
  5. Varroa have been a part of my beekeeping life forever. In the Forum archives (back to 2012) I have posts whinging about going to beekeeping conferences here and abroad full of promise and short on delivery when it comes to ways of managing the problem, and I retain what I think is a healthy scepticism about what I will call the ‘selective breeding’ route to a solution. From selecting for hygienic behaviour using pin or freeze killed brood assays in the mid-eighties, to the first Bond test (“Live and Let Die”) in 1993, selection for post-capping duration in the mid ‘90’s, and more recent work w
  6. Thanks Chris, over at the apiary we hadn't a clue what was going on! Far from the Madd(in)ing Crowd and no romance...
  7. Propolis is a mysterious material, not so much a thing bees produce but literally a collection of ‘things’ they use. Beekeepers view it as a bit of a nuisance and frequently selectively breed honeybees that use as little as possible. In some respects, that’s not a good idea. Apis, euglossine, meliponine, and megachilid bees, and, occasionally, other social insects, all use a kind of propolis to a greater or lesser extent, which in its simplest description consists of plant resins mixed with wax (propolis and cerumen) or mixed with clay or sand soils (geopropolis or batumen). There
  8. Yes. Left-click for synonyms. I must have more faith in the members than you.
  9. The worrying thing is just that this is an extremely difficult question to answer. While I worry, I know that, especially in New Zealand, we know very little about the possible plant-pollinator networks here, and next to nothing about how pollinators are partitioned within the landscape over time. At the moment my reading of the few studies 'worrying' about the local situation is that they point to a possibility, nothing more, and the ones about the situation elsewhere irrelevant.
  10. It's interesting sometimes to back at people's past posts...
  11. If the referendum says so, the Govt will eventually introduce a Bill, subject to the usual public consultation and Select Committee. Once that has Royal Assent, that will create another committee, a Regulatory Authority who, bit by bit, will work out what can and cannot be done. Edibles are way, way down the track. This all takes years; don't hold your breath.
  12. There have been, and are, members from the group that show an interest in providing hives for pollination. It’s not easy, and not a game. This can involve a contractual obligation to provide hives to a written standard on a defined time, and affects someone else’s income too. While most of us can muddle along and manage whatever the bees decide to do, for pollination the beekeeper is definitely in charge, even when the bees disagree. One of the essential skills, useful for beekeeping in general, is the ability to assess a colony’s size or strength, the number of foragers and the amount
  13. Do you beekeepers not want a 'Bee Aware' week then? ?
  14. Yes, I read that, and I couldn't think of anything to say about it either. I just can't...
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