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  1. There used to be Gerrad Springs in Great South Rd, they make all sorts of springs, now they are called CMI Springs, address 7A Carmont Place, Mt Wgtn.
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    I bet they felt less victimised than the poor devil who paid $3000 for a nuc because of unchallenged false claims.
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    The Questions Alastair asked did need asking, and answering as some were signing up to pay something like $3000 for supposed treatment free nucs, and even in those golden times was preposterous.
  4. So called tutors who talk like that often then say 'boy have I got a deal for you' and sell you 'bargain nucs' at three times the going rate.
  5. Well @Colorado_Chris, you have just collared the most comprehensive range of different and excellent beekeepers, I wish I was young enough and fit enough to spend a day with any of these people, never mind the whole lot, truly a golden haul!
  6. Must be the effect of you being on the wrong side of the equator, as here, I have never seen a feral colony where the bees enter and descend to the colony, only ever go up.
  7. I don't know, but either way, the beekeeper worked for diddly squat. I very much doubt the supermarket took a hit, but the upside is that it may bring honey back on the shopping list for more families.
  8. Last week at Pak n Slave Silverdale, $5 99/500 gms, Airbourne Honey.
  9. I spent a couple of decades working in chemical product development and the wider the information base, and the wider the distribution of product assessment and trialing, the greater relevancy of the results. Personally, hives which had no honey crop taken off do not really compare with any commercial operation that I know of, and indeed many hobbyists.
  10. I would have thought that the very experienced like Alastair who had both ox/gl and Bayvarrol in each apiary trialed to eliminate most of those variables. Particularly where it would mean the opportunity to observe hives in a real commercial situation where last seasons honey was taken off the hives.
  11. Never mind the out-goings of a bloated board of directors, who would be hard pressed to lift a single frame of honey, never mind a full super, but quite able to make all the decisions.
  12. Realise you are at the traffic lights, but you may have sent the newly hatched pink queen bee into the screaming abdabs with that post.
  13. And those of us who remember Rob Muldoons quote will know what the result of that will be.
  14. Put treatment strips in asap, and they only need to be in there for a week if there is no sealed brood yet. Difficult to give idea of how fast they will draw out frames, as most of us use foundation, and here anyway, been blowing for weeks, so little pollen or nectar being bought in. If you have cruddy weather, consider feeding - even dry white sugar, they will only take it if they need it to prevent starvation.
  15. Governor Grey introduced the wallabies, and like typical Aussies, quickly got out of hand. Last I heard there were non left. Those that started the poisoning were strongly and invisibly supported by DOC I believe, as eradication was the only way to green up the island. As a brown one, it was a huge fire waiting to happen, with no reticulated water to fight it. The bird life was stunning five years later - both weka and kereru in abundance, I often saw several kereru at a time - and that was just on one six acre block.
  16. Kawau Island is a prime example of just what can be achieved with baiting - in that case wallabies and possum. When I started sailing, whole island was brown - dead and dying trees, all native and then the non latte lot started fencing their weekend properties 2 metres high with wire netting, and as the walkways had always provided access to all the private properties they crossed, so the yachtie lot put in gates with weights and pulleys so they automatically closed. Of those that were longterm residents without the means, the townies subsidised the missing bits. Within five years, island was lush green. Best bit was when DOC captured some of the wallabies and sold them back to the Aussies - bonus!
  17. While not zero, the usage level of most sprays has dropped dramatically nationally since the regulations changed and buying anything other than domestic quantities requires a suitable certificate - much like the Vestex system. The total imports of agri-chemicals has dropped, so the system is moving in the right direction. It is now unusual to see vast tracts of paddocks totally sprayed out for re-grassing, compared to twenty years ago.
  18. I was told that on the basis of that information, the baits were changed to flavours that do not attract birds.
  19. Have you switched any of the boxes around yet? Often there is very little laid up brood in bottom box as it has all hatched - if that is the case, that box needs to be at the top for the queen to fill up.
  20. Glycerine is considered to be hydroscopic, so if there is moisture, it will be absorbed by any glycerine present.
  21. @Bron, your niece sounds just like the perfect person to be the CEO of ApiNZ - she has a real grasp of the problem solving processes available, and the science of it all and the skills to implement them, oh that beekeeping would be that lucky! Enjoy the grandies while they are all shorter than you, because suddenly, they all tower over you, although last weekend while rehabing from new hip, sixteen year old 6' 5" grandson could scarper down a steep bank and collect a swarm for me - bee suit paid for in one go, and he is able to lift full boxes, bonus!
  22. Across all types of business, 75% of those becoming self employed for the first time do not last beyond the first 18 months, and those that go into something at a boom time are probably well above that percentage. Many who have been employed all their working life have no idea how things change when the buck stops with them, with no 'boss' to blame.
  23. Thanks to Otago Uni, the NZ bees have been genome mapped, and we have far greater diversity than most areas - particularly Europe and the USA, where they have breed intensively to increase the VSH characteristics - last year I met a Swiss beekeeper who was part of a program where they took queens with a high probability of carrying the VSH trait, and mated it with one drone only with equally high rates of VSH, and bred intensively from the mating getting up to 92% showing it, but even the most basic knowledge of breeding would show how very quickly that would arrow our present overall diversity. While many of us source Betta queen cells and the like, they are generally open mated, so while the increase in the positive trait VSH increases more slowly, at least overall vigour is preserved. With science, sometimes patience is the greatest virtue.
  24. Overseas sourced genetics would have only very limited effects on varroa, as we still don't have true brood breaks in many parts of NZ, and that is a major driver in the efficacy of managing varroa in Europe and the USA, and after the previous effort, I think hell would freeze over well before there was another importation.
  25. Cheapest Epipens are from Allergy NZ. About $120 last time I heard.
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