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Everything posted by Sailabee

  1. And most importantly, how will a plunging honey price affect any proposed contracts viability?
  2. I was told that Hawaii is being used even by the Europeans trying to concentrate the speed of developing promising looking strains of VSH queens as they have a natural year round nectar flow. The development by natural selection is a matter of time since varroa first arrived, so there are areas of Europe and USA with a naturally higher level of VSH and untreated hives.
  3. If these events keep on happening, the only way that the lawmakers can act is to require all trucks carrying bees or honey to have totally enclosed canopies. As a hobbyist, I can work out how to carry them inside my car, so when it is your business, try and remember the longterm consequences if you leave large numbers of confused bees at very busy sites and cause a nuisance, you will help cause the laws to require the canopies on trucks. I was also called to Fernielea - they thought it was a swarm and arrived before @Alastair and all I could do was grovel and apologise on behalf of the inconsiderate idiot that left the bees there. It cost that business owner real money - there were about 25% of the usual number of cars at lunch time, not good enough by a long shot.
  4. At $700 each, I'm thinking it would not only be the hobby beeks with watering eyes, unless it was a proper Betta breeder.
  5. The European beek I met had a great deal of enthusiasm for Dee Lusby and Buckfast and small cell bees , however he was part of a large group using AI and single drone inseminating and pooling their genetic lineage results. Generally I would not expect many in NZ would be keen to see the gene pool narrow too quickly with so many blind spots. On a hobby basis, I can use VSH queen cells from the Betta line and open mate (without paying for a Betta breeder queen) realising that as more in the area do the same, there will be an ever higher percentage of drones carrying the recessive characteristic which will over time and natural selection improve the level generally. I am happy with the temperament, but can't gauge the honey output on such a small sample in a grossly overstocked area.
  6. A visiting European beekeeper I spoke to claimed that he was breeding VSH queens with up to 92% having the characteristics, but he achieved that percentage by mating each queen AI with only one drone, and as they don't seem to have done a genome map to know which alleles are associated with the VSH characteristic, would think it prudent to wait and see what happens in a few generations.
  7. Today at Pak n Slave Wairau Rd, Airbourne Honey, $6 99 per 500 gms. How low will it go?
  8. For a few hobby supers, fine stainless mesh top and bottom of the stack sealing from mice etc, put in cold spot on stand with a very ventilated roof over where there is a good flow of cold up through the stack. Would not work on commercial scale though.
  9. Same brands are cheaper in 500 gm packs at Pak n Slave, $9 .99 for clover.
  10. Not without the obligatory eleventy-eleven hives in each corner of every paddock.
  11. Possibly not if you are paying another company to extract - just as well there is not a deduction of a levy to also factor in.
  12. I am in similar area to @ctm, and even without taking off honey, last year there was no honey, and not any better this year. The big c dumpsite in the Riverhead Forest - pine not native, with 2000 hives only fed sugar stripped any honey out of hobby hives no matter how much you closed down the entrances. Bees that have never had proper honey react to it like they have just had their first hit of cocaine and will simply bombard any hive with it in until it's totally robbed out. I am stoked to see the price of honey and nucs dropping because it can only improve the general hive health in the area. The sane sensible beekeepers will carry on as ever, the money men will have gone on to the next big thing.
  13. Australia has a far greater area of land suitable to grow 'our manuka' on than we do, and every sodding seed germinates so easily, that's why we always called it scrub as it grows like a weed.
  14. Kikuyu was imported to plant on sand dunes to stop them moving, and it escaped. It grows a couple of feet high, and has about the same nutrients as bale twine. Extremely invasive and smothers everything it grows near.
  15. There must be a special type of 'Flow type' bees who don't rob honey when it is out in the open, we should be using them in Langstroth as well.
  16. Pretty much all of the refractometers - even the cheap ones have automatic temperature adjustment. The most important thing is to make sure that it has had enough time to come to the ambient temperature as well as the honey and oil.
  17. Sorry, I don't have the olive oil number handy, but it was on a thread after the 2016 NBA Conference where a honey testing lab suggested it and gave out NZ virgin olive oil samples to use.
  18. Expensive or cheap refractometers , buying replacement calibrating oil is harder to achieve than buying krypton, that's why the NZ virgin olive oil was suggested.
  19. Have to say that Clifton King is certainly walking his talk, congratulations to him and what a giant leap forward in AFB control.
  20. In Auckland you would rapidly land up with empty frames as every ant either side of the black stump will be flat out dining on the honey.
  21. Must be frozen for at least 24 hours to prevent any wax moth eggs developing.
  22. All those who I know of that have exported bees are all long term, respected and trusted beekeepers who can be trusted disease and quality wise, and no quick way to achieve that trust. Too big, too fast don't make the cut to protect a hard won market.
  23. SJA would be better placed than many to do packages as they already have the ability to produce large numbers of mated queens as they have been required to do the numbers of nucs they produce. Back in 2010 Arataki were doing 20,000 mated queens for one package order to Canada alone, and they have grown the capability vastly since then. They had a small number of bee suppliers doing bulk bees and they produced all the queens.
  24. 'Trees for Bees' were starting to test protein levels for native plants a couple of years ago and may have some info available.
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