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Jose Thayil

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  1. Something on the news. https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/hawkes-bay-honey-producer-installs-250-solar-panels-in-bid-help-environment?utm_medium=paid&utm_campaign=Post%3A+"the+solar+panels+are+the+equivalent+of+planting..."&utm_source=facebook&hsa_grp=6130810495736&hsa_net=facebook&hsa_ad=6130810496736&hsa_cam=6130810493936&hsa_src=fb&hsa_ver=3&hsa_acc=10152756314334928
  2. Bees foraging together in Kerala, India.
  3. https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/387366/manuka-honey-producer-pleads-guilty-to-adulterating-product-for-gain
  4. Most of my bees are dark grey to very black colour. Some have a little bit of dark orangish colour. Queens are mostly black and some have a little bit of copper/ yellow tint to them. They have a lot of Carniolan and dark Italian in them. They have worked well for me. I graft most of my queens and once in a while try a few queens from different breeders out of curiosity to see how they perform and if they do well then get a few grafts from them.
  5. Massive blaze destroys shed at Bees' Inn honey manufacturing plant in Ohaupo, Waikato https://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national/honey-factory-destroyed-by-fire/ar-BBVAhix?li=BBqdg4K
  6. Any thoughts of why this might be?
  7. @David Yanke is right. Carniolans do have a brood break in late autumn/ early winter till around mid July. So if your treatments have worked in autumn, then the hive is going into winter with good healthy bees and no chance of varroa breeding through the winter months. Most of my bees are Carniolan/ Carniolan hybrids. They form a tight cluster with not much bees flying in winter months. They store a lot of nectar in the open cells in the brood area going into winter. The cluster size is not too small, so the spring build up is good with a very rapid build up.
  8. Still have black bees on Stewart island it seems. I had some queens which came from West coast area around 7 years back which were claimed to be Caucasian. They were gentle and used a lot of propolis. The queens and the bees were very dark. So they may have been Caucasian. Apparently the beekeepers was building up an isolated apiary just to keep them going. He did mention that he had black bees also and they were doing better than his Italian at that time.
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  10. https://i.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/111103662/beekeepers-vote-down-levy-proposal-by-large-majority
  11. Last few days to vote, weather it’s a yes or no. Today or tomorrow is the last day before you can send it in and make sure it gets there on time to be counted. Happy voting.
  12. Last few days to vote, weather it’s a yes or no. Today or tomorrow is the last day before you can send it in and make sure it gets there on time to be counted. Happy voting.
  13. Why do we have 3 market members in the APINZ Board if the vote passes when they don’t have to pay anything. Should it not be mostly represented by commercial beekeepers and maybe one market member and one non commercial member? I am not saying vote yes or no, but just a thought in case the vote is yes.
  14. Just one question I need an answer for. @ApiNZ Levy Proposal@ApiNZ Science & Research@Dennis Crowley Imagine I have 100 hives and my neighbour has 1000 hives. Suppose the levy passes and we are voting on how the levy is spent. With the amount of hive numbers mentioned above will me and my neighbour get the same number of votes or does my neighbour have a higher number of votes? I just want a clear cut answer. Something like my neighbour will get more say or more votes or something like both of us will have the same say and equal voting rights. Please give an answer to this.
  15. Just one question I need an answer for. @ApiNZ Levy Proposal@ApiNZ Science & Research@Dennis Crowley Imagine I have 100 hives and my neighbour has 1000 hives. Suppose the levy passes and we are voting on how the levy is spent. With the amount of hive numbers mentioned above will me and my neighbour get the same number of votes or does my neighbour have a higher number of votes? I just want a clear cut answer. Something like my neighbour will get more say or more votes or something like both of us will have the same say and equal voting rights. Please give an answer to this.
  16. Got some nice queens mated in this weather. Have started laying well with excellent brood pattern. Queens are looking plump with good size. Should do really well coming season. All my hives have excellent queens from this season now except the breeder queens which are 2 years old. I got more than enough honey for this season. Anything the bees collect from now will be for their wintering and treatments will be in by the end of this month. Want to make sure that the mite load is low before the winter bees hatch out so they go into winter strong and healthy.
  17. https://www.trademe.co.nz/business-farming-industry/farming-forestry/beekeeping/auction-1909391291.htm Something different
  18. Wasn’t that for the honey levy, not the AFB levy? Isn’t the AFB levy different and managed differently to the proposed APINZ honey levy?
  19. Do we know when this will come into effect ?
  20. Response to submissions on proposal to increase the American foulbrood apiary and beekeeper levy In July 2018 the Management Agency consulted with beekeepers about our proposal to increase the American foulbrood apiary and beekeeper levy. We received 908 submissions and would like to thank respondents for their feedback on the future of funding American foulbrood elimination in New Zealand. Summary of key changes to proposal to increase the American foulbrood levy Having considered the feedback received the Management Agency Board has decided to change the proposal to increase the American foulbrood levy. These changes will be consulted on in March 2019. The key changes proposed are outlined below: The existing apiary and beekeeper levy to be replaced with a hive and beekeeper levy The majority of respondents considered that the Management Agency should not continue to use apiaries as a basis for calculating the levy. These respondents proposed that the apiary levy should be replaced with a hive levy. They considered that the proposed levy structure was unfair to beekeepers with low hive concentration, hive rental companies, and urban beekeepers working within local council laws regarding apiary size. Many respondents also considered that the proposed levy structure would be a disincentive to registration of hives and apiaries and would incentivise high hive concentration with a higher disease risk. Having considered this feedback the Management Agency Board has decided that replacing the apiary levy with a hive levy will result in a fairer distribution of national pest management plan costs. Replacing the apiary levy with a hive levy will also reduce the financial incentive for beekeepers not to register apiary sites or to establish apiaries with a high concentration of hives. Management Agency to establish a dedicated team focused solely on the elimination of American foulbrood Many respondents expressed a lack of confidence in the Management Agency and cited instances where the Management Agency had failed to respond to issues or take effective action to address serious cases of non-compliance that were creating disease risks for neighbouring beekeeper’s apiaries. The Management Agency Board recognised in June 2016 that the operational plan that had been in place for many years was no longer suitable for an industry that was experiencing massive growth in beekeeper numbers and hives. This initiated the development and roll out of a 5-year strategy to eliminate American foulbrood, employed two full time professional managers with extensive experience in biosecurity incursion investigation and response and American foulbrood elimination, and transferred the management of Authorised Persons Level 2 (AP2s) from AsureQuality to the Management Agency. With the support of the Apiculture New Zealand Board, these changes have enabled the Management Agency to develop the capability to take enforcement action to address serious non-compliance with national pest management plan rules. From 1 November 2018, non-compliant beekeepers identified as causing serious and ongoing disease risks to neighbouring beekeeper’s apiaries can expect that the Management Agency will act on their failure to comply with national pest management plan rules and that they will be liable for the costs and expenses incurred. The Management Agency Board has considered respondents feedback and determined that changes to the compliance business model are required. This has resulted in the decision to phase out the outsourcing of operations from AsureQuality Ltd and the establishment of a dedicated in-house team focused on eliminating AFB. This will prevent conflicting demands from export certification and auditing risk management premises from interfering with staff focus on the American Foulbrood Pest Management Plan. The establishment of a dedicated in-house team in the place of the current contract is expected to provide cost savings that will enable the Management Agency to propose a smaller increase in the levy than was originally proposed in July 2018. The analysis of submissions and the Management Agency’s response can be found on the levy webpage or by selecting the links below: AFB Levy Consultation Findings Report Management Agency Response to Submissions Copyright © 2018 The Management Agency AFB PMP, All rights reserved. You are a registered beekeeper Our mailing address is: The Management Agency AFB PMP PO Box 44 282 Lower Hutt, Wellington 5040 New Zealand Add us to your address book This email was sent to josethayil@hotmail.com why did I get this? unsubscribe from this list update subscription preferences The Management Agency AFB PMP · PO Box 44 282 · Lower Hutt, Wellington 5040 · New Zealand
  21. At least there is recovery of costs with non compliance and non compliant beekeepers will be forced to get their hives inspected.
  22. Got this email today. Looks like finally something is getting done. Hopefully this will start making a difference. Management Agency Announces Compliance and Enforcement Capability The Management Agency is pleased to announce that it has the capability to take enforcement actions to address serious non-compliance with National American Foulbrood Pest Management Plan rules. This capability has been developed as the result of recent changes driven by the 5-year strategy programme and the Board’s decision to employ a National Compliance Manager and National Operations Manager and transfer the management of AP2s from AsureQuality to the Management Agency. During the week of 19 November 2018, the Management Agency investigated the apiaries and beekeeping storage shed of a South Island beekeeper whom is known to be non-compliant with pest management plan rules and is responsible for approximately 80% of the AFB in the region where his apiaries are located. The inspections found AFB in 33 out of 144 hives inspected (23%), and in 16 of the 31 apiary sites with one or more hives (51.6%). Figure 1. AFB infected brood frame The inspections also detected: Evidence of “shook swarming” - an illegal practice for managing AFB Contaminated beekeeping equipment exposed to honey bees Failure to keep bees in moveable frame hives, and Two unregistered apiary sites. Figure 2. Failure to keep bees in moveable frame hives The Management Agency has destroyed all of the infected beehives and equipment by burning. Figure 3. Destruction of infected beehives and equipment The Management Agency has revoked the beekeeper’s DECA. The Management Agency has also served the beekeeper with a Restricted Place Notice and issued Notices of Direction to comply with pest management plan rules. The Management Agency will undertake follow-up inspections to verify that the beekeeper is compliant with these directions. Should the beekeeper fail to comply the Management Agency will use its power to act on default, including destruction of non-compliant beehives and equipment, and recovery of the Management Agency’s costs and expenses from the beekeeper. The beekeeper is now required to complete Certificates of Inspection from 2019 onwards. Breach of this obligation will result in default inspections by the Management Agency and recovery of costs from the beekeeper. Copyright © 2018 The Management Agency AFB PMP, All rights reserved. You are a registered beekeeper Our mailing address is: The Management Agency AFB PMP PO Box 44 282 Lower Hutt, Wellington 5040 New Zealand Add us to your address book This email was sent to josethayil@hotmail.com why did I get this? unsubscribe from this list update subscription preferences The Management Agency AFB PMP · PO Box 44 282 · Lower Hutt, Wellington 5040 · New Zealand
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