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Philbee last won the day on November 4

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  1. I fish with a BOP kiwifruit manager who is saying that he has no intention of even considering lowering his Pollination pricing. He is happy to stick with his current Beeks at current prices which are north of $200.
  2. I dont use wooden frames, only plastic. Cant see how there could be any difference.
  3. check out the date. That was a fluke and I didn't notice her there until later. She would be one of the yellowist Ive seen in a while
  4. That will indeed be an interesting observation.
  5. I have 30 fillies with darning needles, At smoko they do my socks
  6. Lol Well Done Mark Just a note on stitching. More is better when the paper comes under attack and it cost 1 cent in thread per staple to have 4 straight lines plus two overlocked edges stitched. Stapling with an office stapler is by far the most expensive way to go. I can make ten thousand edge protected staples per day so if you want some for your school project just let me know. There is a budget for helping out.
  7. Id take it a step further and suggest that Alistair does not get involved with OA/GL Other systems have worked well for him in the past so why change
  8. They can be whatever you want. The amount the of solution held in the finished laminate is factor of the laminate weight. So you tell me how much solution you want to put in your Hive and Ill produce a laminate to suit😉
  9. Take care with this system of pushing frame together once the staple is in place. I always put the staples in last Reason- If there are even very small protrusions of burr comb in line with the staple when its push sideways into place, that small piece of comb can cause the staple to be pushed up hard against the brood on the next frame. This kills the brood. My preferred method is to clean out the comb from the top bar area and jiggle the staple down loosely This way there tends to be less brood damage. Alternatively, some Beeks make narrow staples which in theory do proportional less damage to Brood.
  10. Do you feel that your test results are of no benefit to your operation? You sell Bees, surely you'd like to know if they are healthy or otherwise?
  11. Its not a matter of knowing something thats now a secret In that regard there is nothing specific to share. However Ive seen something that is very interesting and IMO worth further investigation. What Ive seen relates to Bees apparent ability to self treat. Its a subtle ability but one that if properly understood might be leveraged for advantage. Those who have copies of my data will have seen the numbers. What the numbers dont show is specific Hive details relating to this data and the reason those details are absent is that they are outside the scope of my trials to date. My observations would suggest that this self treating or manipulation is not Hygienic Behavior, its something else and may be driven by the queen
  12. whats interesting is how hives in my operation can march along with counts of 20-50 per 300-400 Bees. One set of examples came from Hives that were treated in the Autumn with 3 boxes of Honey on. During the arduous task of pulling these Hives to bits to treat and then putting back together with a single Brood and Queen Excluder, on 4 occasions the Queen got above the excluder and spent winter/Spring until November in the supers well away from the treatments. Result= counts of 50 mites in a splendid Hive.
  13. Did you consider the possibility that the land had risen
  14. My guess is that we will reduce our NZ Hive numbers by 40-50% over the next 3 years. We now know that our nations Hives are laden with nasties. So what to do? What we need to know is our options. What is it going to take to rid our Hives of these pathogens? Can we rid them of them? Are the pathogens in both the Bees and the gear? Will these pathogens become less of a threat as the Hive numbers decrease, therefore enabling the problem to solve itself? To what extent could these Pathogens be decreasing the productivity of the Bees? If the Pathogens were controlled or removed, could our Hive stocking rate potential increase in the future if need be? etc, etc Consider for a moment the effects on Livestock stocking rates (Sheep &Cattle) that modern drenches have. Take that technology away and the stocking rates would plummet. Like it or not, for better or for worse, medicinal technology in parallel with advanced pasture management underpins our primary Meat and Dairy sector. My opinion is that no amount of breeding will prepare the Bees for the future. Two of the many reasons for this are, You cant viably breed for High production and disease resistance at the same time. The environment is changing more quickly than most species can adapt. So my question to the Scientists is, What can we do? in theory at least, because if there was ever a second chance to do something, it is now.
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