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  1. What is that never heard of it
  2. I have already started one fire this week i do not think i need to start another one.. i end up under moderation
  3. That is a long time. Given the finincal incentive i would have thought they will crack it before then. I got in trouble last time i mention this area so i will not bring it up. However i am collaborating with the cheese maker and a chef for a dessert goat cheese for the 2019 cheese awards. We are infusing honey into the centre of the chève cheese. Because i want to use different honeys for around nz and want it to say liquid i need to stop it from crystallizing. To do this we need to filter the honey to remove the pollen. Filteration of honey in nz is not a common practise. If they thought about it abit more it will become alot more common.
  4. Is it not so cold over there that alot of hives do not survive winter anyway so no loss?
  5. I am surprised the Canadian market can still afford to buy nz bees at world honey prices.
  6. Thanks for you feed back. I want a few hobby hives outside of the business.
  7. @Corban Borrie welcome to the forum ? I love a good debate ?? I thought your open questions were great. I am interested to see what the pros have to say.
  8. I was just interested with the benifit of hindsight has your viewed changed? Bill English voted against it and so did Simon Bridges, both have since repealed their organial opposition. It not very often that you come across someone that feels so strongly about other peoples choices that they would make a submission to limit their freedom and human rights.
  9. Is it possible to have 2 registration numbers? One for the business and one for yourself.
  10. @Corban Borrie i would like to know if the change in the marriage laws has impacted on you in the manner you outlined in your 2011 submission to parliament? And if so how are you 'coping'?
  11. This rain is welcome to farmers anything thhis time of year is good. Should get us through to the new year. Not so sure however for clover flower. This could put pay to a flow for a while.
  12. @Markypoo it is a moot point. We are not 100% sure yet. Some say it does not matter, others it is better drier. IMO it is safer however i am not expert on the subject.
  13. Too me a nuc is any thing that you could not pull a frame of honey from without indangering it life.
  14. Dry them out. To me if they have a transfers rate that eats through gloves then the transfer rate is to high to the bees. You want a slower release rate imo.
  15. Ox is 60 times more toxic to mites than bees. So dose to kill mites but not to strong as to kill bees. Weaker/diseases bees probably die easier. Thats a good thing as they are liabilities in a hive.
  16. I am also not sure if in the big hives that pulling strips made any difference to hive build up to be honest. Next time I think i will just leave them in. The ones i left with strips still in are pumping. As long as they are not being a fence for the queen it is not problem.
  17. One downside i am finding is where the strips were and the bees draw the comb around them after taken them out the bees have decided to make the strip area into drone brood. So i have scraped it clean and told them to improve their behaviour.
  18. Cardboard was one used in book binding. 40% ox soaked for 48 hrs. 4 strips per box layed out in 2 ways. One across the middle like you every 2 frame and the other as a cross patern. Both worked. I did put 2 into my 5 frame nucs and killed some. Only 1 into my 3 frames nucs and they were ok. However they may have been different batches so maybe that was the reason. Sometimes i overheated the mix past 70 degrees as i went and did other things. I also used an aluminum pot so maybe the early ones were affected by that killed the nucs. In hindsight i took a hit from ox strips by losing nucs. However it was a learning curve and i move on. I did not treat in spring as i saw no point. I pulled strips about 5 weeks ago to speed the hive development up. In the 3 frame nucs they can act as a fence so i took them all out. Of the 2 hives I have found varroa in 1 it was a strong triple out of spring that had used up all ox based on a tongue test. The other which was a double the other day was a nuc that i pulled the strips on september when i transfer it to the box. So i am going to treat again now. I aim to control my varroa all year round as i want clean hives that are super healthy. I only sell bees so it is important when they go to customers they are in tip top condition. My buyers have been very happy with the bees, they look great and expand so fast with no signs of viruses. I am keem to give your ones a go @Philbee so i can compare. Both full size double stich and the thinner ones. Thouse thin ones look similar width to the ones i used.
  19. Oh and do you take high quality pasture honey as payment ? got boxes full of the stuff and need to do something with it. I think one of the benifits of ox is it also attacks the nosema C.
  20. What about my crystal on the surface question? Do you have a flashy brochure? One of my hives today had mites in it, almost had a heart attack.
  21. @Philbee do you think single stitch will hold up in thumping triple hives or am i going to need something more heavy duty? Which ones are you using?
  22. If ox crystals form on the outside of strip are they still ok to use?
  23. Right well it seems like all we can do is hang tight, try and under cut the next man to be the cheapest producer of honey so we can sell it the cheapest to the brand owners who will cash it.??
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