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Rob Stockley

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About Rob Stockley

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    Hive Management


  • Swarm Collection Area
    Carterton and Wairarapa
  • Business name
    Strong Point Ltd
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    Hobby Beekeeper
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    Carterton, Wairarapa
  1. Manuka standards

    I recall that @Emissary was pretty good at explaining this stuff.
  2. Manuka standards

    Found it. Updated today. https://www.mpi.govt.nz/growing-and-harvesting/honey-and-bees/manuka-honey/
  3. Manuka standards

    That's exciting. Do you have a link or reference for this information?
  4. That's a good question. I'm keen to hear the answer.
  5. December 2017 Beekeeping Diary

    Bees on your glove (even bumbles) is not an indication that a sting is imminent. With time you will enjoy the feeling of bees quietly moving over your skin. Their gentle caress will reinforce other cues telling you that the bees are calm. Move quietly and gently - the bees will largely ignore you.
  6. Scollypopas are not toxic in themselves. They frequent many species other than Tute. Eliminating scollypopas might have unintended consequences. Tute is the source of the toxin but it's everywhere. As @yesbut points out, eliminating Tute could destroy many stream banks. Testing is easy. I think we're better to manage tutin risk rather than try to eliminate it.
  7. Hastings and area AFB outbreak

    No. Age is not an accurate predictor of poor eyesight and frailty.
  8. Off topic, but when my hobbyist NBA membership was converted to ApiNZ non-commercial membership the value covered all of the first year and most of the second.
  9. Okay gents please settle down. At the risk of being shot down I'm going to defend the original post. Tutin is a serious risk. It deserves to be pushed, even if only for the benefit of new beekeepers who haven't heard or thought about Tutin before. Maybe this topic belongs in the beginner beekeepers forum. Last year in Hawkes Bay the levels of tutin detected in commercial extraction were unprecedented. This year promises to be similar. I applaud ApiNZ via Catalyst for drawing attention to Tutin because ignoring it will make people sick. Malcontent with progress on the Manuka standard and general disapproval of ApiNZ is largely irrelevant when considering Tutin risk. On the bright side, the head of ApiNZ @Karin Kos is active on NZBees. Perhaps we'll hear from Paul Martin, the non-commercial board member. I think this is a big deal because NZBees isn't aligned with ApiNZ. In fact we, as a community, were very critical of ApiNZ in it's inception and continue to mark its report card. That they are willing to engage directly is potentially a very good thing. Let's not see them off prematurely. In the spirit of @yesbut declaration, I am a member of ApiNZ. My NBA membership bought me two years. I haven't decided whether I will shell out for a third year. Active engagement in NZBees encourages me.
  10. NZBF Should I be bottom supering?

    ....and ditch the hive stand. That's extra height for no advantage.
  11. School, show and tell. Observation Hive

    @dansar that looks awesome. Before you put the frames in give them light shake to dislodge flying bees. Then there will be fewer agitated bees trying to find their way out.
  12. Karin, Would it be fair to say that your objective is to educate new beekeepers about the risks of tutin meanwhile reminding more experienced beekeepers of the same risks? You're not posting here to discuss new knowledge or new strategies to manage tutin risk?
  13. Hastings and area AFB outbreak

    Respectfully, ... I think we're both right. You've described how AFB spreads within an operation and to neighbouring sites. As the bees fly so to speak. Totally agree. If that was all we had to deal with then intensive localised controls could all but erradicate AFB in that local area. I'm referring to how, despite good local practices, an area gets AFB from beyond bee flight range. I think that generally locals have the capacity to work well together on AFB matters. Their interests and motivations are loosely aligned. But local endeavours may be frustrated by non-local influence. We need to recognise these distinct problem areas and treat them differently if we are to succeed.
  14. NZBF Should I be bottom supering?

    Those are good reasons to not under super. You should consider harvesting some of those boxes and putting the wets back on.
  15. Hastings and area AFB outbreak

    I agree that the levies might be increased. Not sure how we would police the second bit. No one creates AFB. They all get it from somewhere. So the fact you have a case shouldn't be punishable. It's the quality of the response that beekeepers should be judged on. We need to dispel any notion that if you get AFB then you are a bad beekeeper. In theory, if all hives stayed put, then there would be little to no spread of AFB. Beehive sales, pollination and migratory beekeeping are the churn that keeps AFB moving around. Of those three I would say that small scale bee sales is the most risky. There ought to be tighter control over who can sell bees and on the quality of the bees they sell. The PMP mandates one thorough check per year in spring. That's not often enough. Add varroa stress to a garden ornament (legal) beehive and you could easily have a deadout between AFB checks. These are the unwilling incubators of AFB. The frequency of mandatory checks must be increased. But it's a fine balance. As the compliance cost of keeping bees goes up so too does the likelihood of unregistered, off the radar beehives. As an industry we need to be creative and find ways of eliminating AFB without resorting to punitive measures.