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  1. To me that is a sign of Cororapa especially if your stores arent being robbed out. Pick up some bees and get it tested. Cororapa is a mix of 2 viruses Lotmaria Passim and Noseema Ceranae.
  2. So was out working the hives today, before rain. Liked what I saw Alcohol washed the first hive I went into strong happy hive. 1 varroa. All the autumn strips intact completely. Replaced the whole 4 The rest of the site - a few hives had the middle two eaten out others had them partially eaten and nearly all of the outside strips were intact. All had a good bite to them. So ended up replacing the middle two or 3 strips depending on brood numbers and left the very outside strips, either both outside ones or 1 depending on how many I was replacing. Who has taste tested new strips how strong are they compared to ones we take out? I dont know if I am game to taste new ones,dislike the taste of old ones. @Philbee just a thought If you changed the colour of the stitching on the strips every few months then people could track the age of their strips by the colour of the stitching bought in certain months. just an idea. Bees drowning in large numbers in top feeders, Bees in clumps on fence posts or railings looking lost. Bees all disappeared leaving plenty of stores in hive which dont get robbed out, unlike AFB. Only half a cup or less of bees left with a queen. Collect some (20) of those last bees put in ziplock bag and send to John McKay and DNature in Gisborne for testing. Those hives that have died out in this way are treated in our operation as follows. Seperated as diseased. Old frames get all wax blasted off. If frames are good for brood those boxes go into heat tent and get heated 40-50 degrees surposedly for 2 hours but often longer. Bases lids div boards queen excluders scrapped down and either go in heat tent, or dipped in janola, or if nothing done with them in winter and we are back to hot days are laid out in sun on very hot days singly exposed to heat and sunlight. By doing this we have reduced our disease loadings and now only get the occasional sick hive. We know we had corrorapa because we tested. We know cororapa is held in the wax because we sent our wax out of sick hives (ie cut out brood wax around the surviving bees) and sent it to John for testing.
  3. @kevin moore are you saying the bees have disappeared but left stores only a handful of bees left? What percentage of your operation is like this?
  4. Hmm @Maru Hoani I'm looking at that two ways arent sure if I'm beekeeping till the end or if beekeeping will be the end of me. Son gave me a lecture the other day that many beeks as they get older downsize.
  5. Interesting answers. The only ones I tasted were at the first site and heaps of bees with the staples intact. Definitelly screw up face material (which I find interesting) and probably vinegar taste maybe nearer,. Lots of spitting after tasting. I suppose I will have to taste some outside ones in a weak hive.
  6. Hi @nikki watts how do you describe acidic?
  7. In autumn staff were told if bees numbers shrink then move strips in. The first site I saw with the zero mites and loads of bees had removed very little of the strips only a few nibbles of the centre strips they were basically intact. i have never tasted new strips. Tasted a couple of outside strips old and they were very salty, still had lots of bees on those frames . maybe others who have done the taste test can comment on levels of saltyness.. just got a little bit on my tongue but kept spitting it out.
  8. First question @Maru Hoani and @jamesc, have either of you or anyone else done mite counts by way of alcohol washes. If so what are your counts this spring. Wahoo on Tuesday went out with my alcohol wash to check some hives that had staples in last spring and then new ones in the autumn. It was a little overcast so only did a couple of strong hives on that site. 1 -1 3/4 boxes of bees very happy brood and bees. Guess what 0 mites. Wow I was stoked. Didnt check a weaker hive of half a box of bees. They looked happy. (now wondering) Also went to another site to check out a queen I had been watching and wanted to breed from. about 1 and three quarter boxes of bees and 2 varroa. a beautiful and happy hive. Our autumn regime was half of the sites got apistan( the sites that we maybe wouldnt get to if it was too wet.) and half got staples (easily accesible sites) Yesterday went to do alcohol washes on an apistan site. Sunny day so decided I would do strong hives( over a box bees) and weaker hives (under half a box bees) 3 washes at this site over 30 in each wash. The hives look okay happy good pollen stores and fresh nectar, but the not as robust as the hives I saw the day before, if I hadnt seen the hives on Tuesday would have been very happy with the apistan hives (oops bar the mite count) So off I twaddled to some more sites some apistan and some staple sites. All with high mite counts (6 and upto 43), no more zeros. Hives with staples in look decidedly fatter happier inspite of high mites. Saw one with apistan but had part of a staple left (must have been a spring trial) bees more robust than the plain apistan). These are my observations and ramblings, have done very little mite counting in our operation, but am left concluding that I need to do lots more and also am thinking that we may all have higher mite counts due to a warmer winter and longer laying of the queens. Comments or others observations welcome. Cant find the edit button.
  9. Hi @Philbee or others, so what I understand is that you have only used the staples in your hives (and nothing else) for the last few years. We have noticed that with all the chewing of staples there is quite a bit of staple debris left over the frames, which in some cases the bee eventually pull all the way out the door. Question: Every time you put new strips in do you clean out all the torn pieces or do you just put new strips in and leave the bees to do all the clean up? Also are you still making the same skinny ones that you did before the winter or is everything going to be your new more expensive design. (No doubt maybe more durable as well as more expensive)
  10. Look up my profile I have updated it. 2 ways to contact me. I think I have done it correctly. Tell me if You cant see anyway for contact. I checked you profile out and couldn't see a way to contact you. Am still getting my head around this system and changes. I saw you were a member and thought I could message you but no you need that fancy little present under your name I have just discovered.
  11. did you get my private message? @Mr.Blonde
  12. Hi @Mr.Blonde yes I do. But am away on holiday at moment will contact you about Tuesday and let you know I am back. and find what you are looking for. Am not checking this site at moment.
  13. Comments anyone re the charges moving forward from the agency as per yesterdays email. The way I read it our levies are going up considerably. And they intend to charge non compliant beekeepers but no indications on how those charges will work. Management Agency Response to submissions on proposal to replace the American Foulbrood Apiary and Beekeeper Levy with a Hive and Beekeeper Levy In August 2018, the Management Agency for the National American Foulbrood Pest Management Plan (the Agency) conducted a consultation amongst beekeepers to seek their views about a proposal to increase the American Foulbrood (AFB) Apiary and Beekeeper Levy (referred to as ‘2018 Levy Consultation’). Over 828 submissions were received, and the majority strongly disagreed that the levy should be increased as proposed. The majority of 2018 Levy Consultation submissions considered that the Agency should not continue to use apiaries as a basis for calculating the levy and proposed a hive levy instead. A significant number of submissions were also concerned that non-compliant beekeepers were not paying the costs of the AFB problem they created. In response to 2018 Levy Consultation submissions, the Agency revised the proposal to replace the existing apiary and beekeeper levy with a hive and beekeeper levy. The Agency also decided to fund its compliance and enforcement activities through cost recovery charges under section 135 of the Biosecurity Act 1993. The Agency took the revised proposal back to the beekeeping community for consultation in 2019. The consultation period was for three weeks and opened on 4 March 2019 and closed on 22 March 2019. 477 unique submissions received, of which 466 were from survey respondents. Fourteen letters were sent to the Agency, three of whom were also survey respondents. The consultation findings and detailed description of the consultation process is presented in the companion Consultation Findings report. The Agency would like to thank submitters for their submissions on the future funding of the elimination of clinical American Foulbrood in New Zealand. Summary of Agency decisions Having considered the submissions, the Agency has decided to request the Minister to make a new American Foulbrood – Hive and Beekeeper Levy Order with the maximum rate of levy set at $2.55 per hive and $40 per beekeeper. The Agency has also decided to charge non-compliant beekeepers to recover fair and reasonable costs of compliance and enforcement actions. The reasons for these decisions are set out below: Replace the Apiary and Beekeeper Levy with a Hive and Beekeeper Levy A narrow majority of submissions considered that the existing apiary and beekeeper levy should be replaced with a hive and beekeeper levy. Submissions in favour of the replacing the existing apiary and beekeeper levy with a hive and beekeeper levy stated that it more fairly distributed the cost between large and small operations, incentivises smaller apiaries and encourages people to take up hobby beekeeping. The primary objection stated by submissions against replacing the apiary and beekeeper levy with a hive and beekeeper levy was that it was too easy for beekeepers to under report their true hive numbers. The Agency noted the concerns expressed about the potential for beekeepers to underreport their hives under a hive levy. However, the Agency was not satisfied that these submissions made the case that the under reporting of hives would be significantly higher than the current under reporting of apiaries and believes this can be mitigated by developing new mechanisms to audit hive declarations. The Agency also considered that submissions in favour of changing to a hive and beekeeper levy made a more compelling case for changing to a hive and beekeeper levy than the submissions against as: A hive and beekeeper levy fairly distributes costs between large and small beekeeping operations, A hive levy incentivises smaller apiaries with a lower disease risk, and Replacing the apiary levy with a hive levy removes the financial incentive for beekeepers not to register all their apiaries, thereby improving the Agency’s ability to monitor and manage American foulbrood. Setting a maximum levy rate at $40 per beekeeper and $2.55 per hive A majority of submissions opposed the proposed levy rates. The primary objection was that the proposed levy rates were too high, and beekeepers could not afford to pay them. The Agency is concerned about the financial hardship that many beekeepers are experiencing. However, the Agency is also concerned that continued underinvestment in AFB elimination has the potential to further erode beekeeper incomes due to hive losses associated with AFB, particularly at a time when AFB may increase as a consequence of the financial pressures that beekeepers are experiencing. The proposed levy rate for 2020/21 and maximum levy rates are approximately $0.65 (proposed) and $1.80 (maximum) per hive above the current levy rate. The Agency considers that the additional levy is justified to reduce the costs associated with losing hives and production to AFB. Charge non-compliant beekeepers to recover the costs of compliance and enforcement actions A majority of submissions agreed that the Management Agency should charge non-compliant beekeepers to recover the costs of compliance and enforcement actions. Submissions in favour of charging non-compliant beekeepers to recover the costs of compliance and enforcement actions stated that they believed that non-compliant beekeepers are the most responsible for the AFB problem and they supported strong penalties to deter non-compliance. The primary reason given by submissions opposing charging non-compliant beekeepers to recover the cost of compliance and enforcement actions was that they believed the penalties were too severe, would encourage non-compliance and underreporting in order to avoid penalties. Under the National American Foulbrood Pest Management Plan beekeepers are responsible for the costs of eliminating AFB from their beehives. Cost recovery is intended to recover the costs of the additional AFB control activities required to manage the consequences of non-compliant beekeepers’ behaviour. The Agency believes it would be unfair to expect compliant levy payers to fund these actions from the levy and has therefore decided to recover the costs of compliance and enforcement actions from non-compliant beekeepers. The analysis of submissions and the Management Agency’s response can be found on the levy webpage or by selecting the links below: 2019 AFB Levy Consultation Findings Report 2019 Management Agency Response to Submissions
  14. Hey @Philbee please explain
  15. Careful @Ted there could be lots of ladies lining up for lessons from your wife.
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