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  1. Cool thanks how do I put my name down for 1 x YL?
  2. Thanks @Kiwimana is there a S size too? Is it the biggest of the kids sizes? I have a 10,9 and 7 yr old, would like a suit they can share, thinking bigger will last longer. They range from 128 to 142 cm. Couldnt see S as an option to purchase
  3. That is so interesting, and makes sense, thanks!
  4. Just saw the blurb of this book, looks like it will be a goodie to read and really informative. Hopefully will appeal to everybody not only beeks. Super excited, due for release Oct but hoping to get a copy earlier. Cool cover too. The buzz about monoculture and pesticides jeopardising the future of the humble honey bee, and therefore global food security, has become so animated it’s entrenched in popular culture. Bees have become the ‘poster insects’ for environmental sustainability. They are a sort of ‘canary in the coal mine’ for worries about our ability to exist for very much longer on the planet. But Cliff Van Eaton, author of a new book, Manuka: the biography of an extraordinary honey, argues that it is not just a decline in bees, but a decline in beekeepers that is the real sting in this environmental tale. Cliff has long been involved with bee disease control in New Zealand. He says that while the media has reported hive numbers going down in the United States and parts of Europe, New Zealand beekeepers actually increased their hive numbers from 290,000 in 2005 to over 450,000 in 2013. While the threat to bees is real, with the wild bee population of New Zealand’s North Island now all but completely eliminated by the destructive varroa mite, Cliff points out that commercial beekeepers have the ability to rapidly expand the populations of their bees, potentially doubling the numbers of their hives in a period as short as six weeks. What separates the story in New Zealand from that of places where bees are in real decline is the economic conditions of the beekeepers. “The economy is something of an ecosystem, too, and if US beekeepers, for instance, struggle to make a go of it because they can’t achieve a reasonable profit from the honey, they are less likely to want to carry on, regardless of how important their bees are for the pollination of the nation’s crops”, Van Eaton said. Conversely, as he chronicles on his book Manuka , which is the first ever biography of a honey, the future of the honey industry in New Zealand is much sweeter. Thanks to the efforts of Kiwi beekeepers and an inquisitive and dedicated scientist, manuka honey has become a ground-breaking medicine, along the way turning into one of the most famous and valuable honeys in the world. The industry is now worth $140 million a year and the story of manuka provides hope for the future, sounding a note of optimism in a world that for good reason is concerned about the future of the relationship between humans and honey bees. Because of varroa, honey bees can no longer exist as wild creatures in most parts of the world. As a result, beekeepers have become the modern equivalent of an ancient priesthood, whose job it once was to maintain a flame forever burning in the temple. Now, however, that flame is the honey bee, and the temple is the food-giving environment we all live in. Rather than merely wringing our hands over the plight of disappearing bees, doing something about it requires casting an economic vote. What beekeepers need, and in long run what all of us who depend on bees to pollinate the foods we like to eat need, is for everyone to buy more of all of the honeys that are produced around the world, and at higher prices. “Think of it as your offering to those modern-day versions of the ancient priests,” says Cliff. “They’re the beekeepers keeping alive the spirit of our age-old relationship with honey bees.” AUTHOR: Cliff Van Eaton is a well-known writer on beekeeping subjects and is co-author of two books on bee diseases used by beekeepers in New Zealand and overseas. For over 30 years he worked as a beekeeping adviser and consultant in New Zealand, and has also assisted beekeepers in countries as diverse as the Solomon Islands, Uruguay and Vietnam.
  5. So could you taste anything different?
  6. Ad in this weeks NZ farmer newspaper. Mossops looking for a senior beek 1-3 yrs experience, and an assistant beek 6-12mo experience. Go to Rural Directions | specialists in rural recruitment and primary industry management services | ruraldirections.co.nz for more info, applications close 5pm mon 1st Sept.
  7. Can anyone recommend a good fast acting anti histamine? Liquid would be faster I guess?
  8. @yesbut we're pretty fortunate in the fact that we'll be working closely with a good friend of ours who's a commercial beekeeper (at least my hubby will be). We also have some great sites available on ours and a number of other farms around here including a couple of big manuka blocks down country where hubby used to work. It'd be a different story if we were going it alone, but working in with our friend and being able to use some of his resources and knowledge will be a big help. But you're right about effect on the wallet!!
  9. This may sound silly but what about making sure you aren't allergic to stings? My hubby and I are going to get a few hives as a hobby with the hope of supplementary income. (50ish?) I'm more the hobby side, he's the income! But I don't mind cause it means we are doing it together, and since I was the first one interested I'm stoked to have him interested too, not to mention my personal hive lifterer. Anyway it's nagging away in the back of my mind as I have not been stung since a child (turned 40 this year) it sounds wussy but I can't bring myself to get a sting to check. Have been out with a friend beekeeper a few times but not stung yet however I know it's only a matter of time. Hubby is fine with stings so would not affect him. Also I am in the process of signing up for telford course hope to start in sept. Advice pls:)
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