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    Wannabe Beekeeper - I do not have bees yet

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  1. Not talking to the media in these circumstances if you were Comvita is not necessary a bad strategy. Nothing for them to gain. Only feeds the story line. IMHO the vast majority of the NZ public wouldn't know who they are and in a few days would have forgotten about the news item anyway.
  2. Just watched it. Covers the issues we have seen discussed on the forum in all its forms re the tensions between landowners/beekeepers/corporates when the parties are chasing Manuka.
  3. @Mrs T Thanks for posting. There was so much hype around the hives I am pleased that the frames are doing the job for you.
  4. Wow very cool @Rob Stockley. As these hives were set up in public gardens and other public/tourism locations around France I doubt you will have any unplanned interactions with the bees with this set up. Cheers
  5. Hi @Small Cell Bee, I would like to see this thread continue as there will be interest in your work within the forum, so on this note it maybe an idea to go back to @tudor post #101, as a start in providing a framework in which you could consider providing your findings should you wish to. I realise its not something that can be completed quickly as it does take time to assemble information and supporting data in a logical and coherent manner. Interested forum members maybe prepared to assist you in bringing your findings together and presented in a way that allows for scientific scrutiny, should you believe such an approach would be helpful. Currently as it stands, your communication on the interesting work you are undertaking in the SC field is being obfuscated by your commentary and it would be a benefit to all to be able to cut through that and articulate your work in a structured and scientific manner. Post originally taken from Is genetic diversity reducing?
  6. Hi @Small Cell Bee, I would like to see this thread continue as there will be interest in your work within the forum, so on this note it maybe an idea to go back to @tudor post #101, as a start in providing a framework in which you could consider providing your findings should you wish to. I realise its not something that can be completed quickly as it does take time to assemble information and supporting data in a logical and coherent manner. Interested forum members maybe prepared to assist you in bringing your findings together and presented in a way that allows for scientific scrutiny, should you believe such an approach would be helpful. Currently as it stands, your communication on the interesting work you are undertaking in the SC field is being obfuscated by your commentary and it would be a benefit to all to be able to cut through that and articulate your work in a structured and scientific manner.
  7. In my own mind I recon I will be fairly mainstream in my approach to Beekeeping. But like many I am interested in the work those forum members are putting into SC and their success in the management of varroa. The experiences of @Alastair in the SC field is sobering and appreciate his readiness to share along with others. Change can come from the edges where determined and passionate individuals do challenge commonly held truths in the mainstream. The edges though, can also be inhabited by the unconventional, odd, and the difficult and their ability to effectively communicate, interpret, take criticism and influence others maybe limited by their very nature that set them apart and on their path in the first place. It appears to me that some of this behaviour is seen here in this thread with some of the comments made. It's been a very interesting series of posts in so many ways. Not only over potentially quite exciting advancements by @Small Cell Bee, that IMHO should be encouraged, but the also the difficulty and frustration in distilling down any information provided into verifiable data and a usable methodology. Having the science available for scrutiny is paramount before it is to be applied by others. As @M4tt has commented above it would be great to have the detail shared in a fashion that encourages others and have the confidence that there is robust science behind it.
  8. Yes it's always a risk when relying on one indicator (ie the dog) however I think it's the protocols and responses that then come into play after a dog has trigger an alert. Do you have a second dog come through etc . It's also your risk mitigation measures that come into play along the lines that @Janice has suggested. It looks to me that the detection method is in its infancy and issues such as false positives has to be accounted for in the methodology and response options. Would be go to have @jamesc thoughts on this when he's out and about again
  9. Hi rob I really like the look of the hive. Well done. Next time I'm heading down to hastings ( February) I will drop you a line and see if you are around. Cheers
  10. Thanks trev, great vacuum device you have developed there. Sure makes swarm collection in the circumstances shown much easier. Getting the angle of the GoPro camera on the subject area can be a bit of a challenge though..
  11. Oooh that doesn't look good. Look forward to receiving the incident report in the morning.. Main thing no one is hurt.. Hope it was on the last hive and not the first.
  12. Wow now that's what you call using the "precautionary principle" . Good on you Rob you have done the right thing. Would be good to have access to a AFB dog in these circumstances to give confidence over the rest of the apiary.
  13. Will be great to see the doco. Yeap agree the dogs are a significant asset in the boarder protection programs run by MAF and Customs and will no doubt contribute in protecting the beekeeping industry in the fight against the spread of AFB. The "Agency" has to be concise in its assessment of the animal, like what areas were troubling them about the dogs performance... It's just the we use dogs in all sorts of roles in NZ and I have seen their worth over and over again.
  14. @Daniel Benefield great video thanks. It really is a phenomena to see a swam marching in to a hive like that. It never fails to impress me.
  15. Hmmmm well once one extractor/packer starts using this mechanism to lower their costs in acquiring honey then it's likely to flow across the entire industry. It would be of interest to see how the term "low quality honey" is described or defined,
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