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Everything posted by Sailabee

  1. I would consider that an honour esteemed Sir. The good thing was that before Freeslave contacted anyone, he had registered as a beekeeper, and owned a copy of Practical Beekeeping in NZ, so he will make an admirable addition to our merry band at Kumeu Beekeeping Group.
  2. This time of the year, there is a plethora of these claims - fed by 'Bee Aware Month' often by those running beekeeping courses, and using them to sell nucs to the newly anointed 'beekeepers'. Unfortunately, the classes often don't give an honest idea of just how much time is required, and they therefore contribute to the tally of losses.
  3. The 4% that is AFB if allowed to continue and spread will grow, and very quickly, not only in one beekeepers hives, but the surrounding hives of others, so that is the major difference - it is the only colony loss type with the ability to affect other competent beekeepers.
  4. Welcome to the forum @TheSwedishLord, no, I don't expect anyone to be keeping Apis cerana japonica in New Zealand, they would have to be imported, and there would be no benefit as they produce very little honey crop, and while we have more hives of Apis Melifera than sensible, before we imported another type of bee, we prefer to encourage our own native species of bees - none of which live as large colonies and produce honey.
  5. I think if the AP 2's could comment, you would find that those beekeepers who don't register all their hives and who don't keep the locations of them up to date, also cut a lot of other corners, and prove to be a major problem for the PMP. The reason Mycoplasma Bovis got so out of hand was because the company who bought it in did not keep their nait register details up to date - there is a parallel in beekeeping with hive rego's.
  6. We buy kitset, so no Chinese component, and the trees here grow in 18 years, so no comparison in the density of the wood fibres.
  7. From a hobbyist point of view, the Russian pine is streets ahead of the local fast grown stuff, and much easier to assemble.
  8. I'm much the same, but as I get older, the people I see as the biggest problem are the fence sitters - I am happy to be on the opposite side of someone opinion wise, but those who don't often express an opinion often to me are the problem - they are means by which things happen, and then everyone works out the effect that it is going to have. I also have the covid kilo problem as the new season starts, so hear you with the back problem, and unlike John Berry, would look like a particularly extreme balloon in a back brace, not a good look.
  9. I am 30 km's north of the harbour bridge, and my 'soil' is bone dry rock hard clay at present instead of squelchy stuff. Not a hope in hell of planting the stuff that was meant to go in in autumn.
  10. One of the biggest risks caused by glyphosate are muppets who 'up the dose level' to get it to perform to their wishes on those plants it is less than effective on - in some countries, it has been the cultural norm - for example in Thailand it can be used at 16 times the recommended dose and still not work, and if that happens in NZ, it will make readings in honey and other foods much higher than would have otherwise have been the case.
  11. Exactly Alastair, load of old cobblers on the news - anyone who owns a pair of red bands knows that glyphosate does jack-zip to gorse, usually the like of Tordon or Grazon is used. The typical and unscrupulous 'money at any cost' leading the gormlous reporter up the garden path, trying to justify price gouging of their own product. It is another sad case of resellers biting the hand of those that do the real work as primary producers - the beekeepers.
  12. Done overseas? The photos that Peter Molan showed of ulcers that had been treated during the original trials were very graphic in demonstrating the speed with which manuka acted.
  13. On the fringes of Auck, we routinely hang gates with one gudgeon up, one down because the scum are usually too compromised to co-ordinate using two spanners to loosen the bolts. One farmer at Makerau went to a family wedding and lost all 24 gates - cows walked up the road to meet them coming home.
  14. Up here they mainly use friesian sheep for milking - used to be a small stud over Waimauku way, but about five years ago, someone stole all the lambs soon after weening and pretty much beggared the plan.
  15. There were whole lines of poplars that died of some lergy around here, used to drive past them most days, and watched from start to dropping to the ground over several years, and the same has happened to pines and macrocarpas - each with a different disease killing them.
  16. At least the sugar should be cheap, as it is grown in Queensland.
  17. If I am reading correctly, the heating unit is in the queen excluder, and as heat rises, this would mean that the honey box would get more heating than the brood box, while the varroa are mainly in the brood box.
  18. Many of the children starting school today are a far cry from those who used to start school. Totally un-house trained, very little verbal language range which is within bounds, and often have parents who have put very little effort into helping their children develop these basic skills. Financial background of the parents determines whether they have been sat in from of a TV all day, or using a handheld device all day. Many of these parents absolutely refuse to hear their children's reading at home. Have done several one day seminars on Biological farming - another incarnation of
  19. Totally agree Mummzie, as a hobby beek, I was very not prepared to give it a go, as I saw so many very experienced commercials shot down if they posted anything but glowing praise, and suspected there were more hiding behind the battlements so with just a few hives decided it was not worth the grief and risk to the bees. I think that there are other substrates to use which do not involve sewing Gib tape which would - like plastic strips provide a substrate which can be pulled intact, saving the bees all the work of carting it around the hive to dispose of it. The jute strip m
  20. I think it more about being 'out of season' as most have chosen and used their autumn treatments, so thread will probably fire up in spring. Recent posts have been more forthcoming about problems and discrepancies which is a plus. Previously, anyone whose comments were perceived to not follow the needed marketing line were hammered which did restrict a number of posts considerably.
  21. If there is space, you could create a heat sink by having sealed bottles of water always in the bottom of the incubator, so when power clapped out, would slow the cooling. Somewhere I have the formula as to how to slow the emergence of queens by slight cooling so could perhaps just land up with a longer time in the cells if cooled for just a short amount of time.
  22. Can also use a wetex type dish sponge in ziplock bag with a 5 cm slit in with 60 mils in it, sitting on the topbars of standard Langstroth hive, with 60 mils at 65%, as the vapour is heavy, it flows down the frames, and even with professional training, not worth the grief particularly as it really hammers the bees - often worst hit is the queen, just as Crabee describes. Also beggers galv roofs and nails.
  23. As I see it, the major disadvantage of bees at or on the Beehive would be that an even bigger raft of people would read about it and by next spring decide to get a hive and line up to 'save the bees' and they often make appalling beekeepers - all enthusiasm, very little real knowledge, or interest in learning, and most of their hives die out in the first season - particularly those who won't use conventional strips to treat the varroa mites. I say that as someone involved with hobby beekeeping for over ten years. Nationwide, we need to reduce the total number of hives by at least a third
  24. Don't see how the bath system would fit with and NP 1 and for that amount of honey, would think that that would be important. Perhaps a bigger commercial would have space in a hot room - if it's still running, to empty buckets into 200 lt drums, so a drum heater could be used to liquefy. If any crystalised honey remains, creaming will not stop it crystalising again as I understand it.
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