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  1. It's to keep the meat cool. Especially pigs, as they go off quickly in warm conditions. However, I agree that bull bars aren't a suitable place to put carcasses on, in terms of public display. (I hunt after deer, but haven't been out for some time. I would never display carcasses on the outside of my car like that.)
  2. @john berry Perhaps you could send a sample of the beeswax to a lab (and I don't know who) for testing as to what's in the wax?
  3. Here's what I've done, to evenly space out nine frames, using a batten. Initially I was going to do this every time i worked on the hive, but realised it was easier to mark out the spaces on the edge of the box with a marking pen.
  4. Great, thanks @Trevor Gillbanks Sorry I haven't seen the second vid.
  5. Hi @Trevor Gillbanks I enjoy watching your vids but I missed this one. Nice one. However, a suggestion if I may - have you thought of putting the wax cappings into a muslin bag before putting it into the melter? That way you don't have to scoop out the dross, and there'd be less dross that's in the bucket. Prior to removing the bag you can hang it up part way in the melter to drain off any wax from the bag.
  6. Thanks Yesbut, it worked. Here's a couple of pics. Thanks @CHCHPaul and @ChrisM, have advised the new owner. I have heard about swarms occuring during January just past, and I was surprised to see swarm cells in my hives as well. I think perhaps summer arrived late.
  7. Last evening I was surprised to get a text to say there's a swarm in a tree in a reserve/playground. It was a few minutes drive away so went for a look. It was a small swarm, about 3-4 frames worth. Being a small swarm I didn't bother putting on the beesuit. I shook them into a container and gave it to a hobby beek. What I didn't expect was an audience, including children. I gave them a bit of a talk about bees and swarms etc, so that was good. I guess because I wasn't wearing a suit that gave them the confidence to walk up close to the container for a close look at the bees - I managed to find and show them the queen. And yes, a bit late in the season for swarms. Or too early? Unfortunately the photos I took exceed the 2MB limit, I'll have to work out how to reduce them.
  8. A friend sent me this link: “The world’s honey bees are facing an unprecedented crisis. Since the 1940s, the number of honey bee hives in the United States has dropped from 6 million to 2.5 million. A combination of colony-killing mites, viral pathogens, and possibly pesticides is largely to blame. Now, researchers are tapping an unusual ally in the fight to bring the bees back: a bacterium that lives solely in their guts. By genetically modifying the bacterium to trick the mite or a virus to destroy some of its own DNA, scientists have improved bee survival in the lab—and killed many of the mites that were parasitizing the insects.” (continued here) https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/01/mite-destroying-gut-bacterium-might-help-save-vulnerable-honey-bees
  9. @yesbut Perhaps you could put in a (second, perhaps) excluder placed between two sets of two brood boxes, with the Q in each. Then monitor their laying, and see which performs best. But, that said, who knows whether your selected Q will continue to perform well, as well as how long she will live for? I have no idea how Q's will perform when they live close to each other - perhaps put a honey box or two between the two sets of brood boxes? Perhaps someone might know. Perhaps put your unselected Q in a nuc as a back up should the selected Q fail after a few weeks?
  10. The Marlborough Beekeepers Association will be hosting a workshop on Sunday 19th January, at the Community Gardens, 85 Budge St Blenheim, at 2pm.We will have a look at the club hives, catch up on what people have been seeing with bees this season, discuss requeening, hive placement, and hive management during peak honey flow. Other topics include queenless hives, late swarms and discussion on any other issues or problems you may have. All welcome. Bring along your beesuit and a plate to share for afternoon tea. (We have a few veils available for anyone who don't own a beesuit.)
  11. @john berry , do the ants look like these https://www.google.com/search?q=argentine+ants+nz&sxsrf=ACYBGNRVb-3xysyUsDebeXgRfi2Drmpbiw:1575793050192&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwii1fvHzqXmAhVFWysKHbI7BbEQ_AUoAXoECBIQAw&biw=1366&bih=657 Another way of identifying if they're Argentiine ants is put your hand touching the frames - if the ants immediately crawl over your hands, then they're likely to be Argentine ants. (Be sure to wipe them off before going to another place.) Our club hives have been infested with these ants. We've installed containers filled with water, that the hives sit in. So far they have reduced the ant's infestation, but some ants somehow still get across the water. I have used dishwashing detergent in the water, but I'm not sure yet if that works. I am still monitoring this. I have also used ant poison but I don't think this is having an impact. From what I have been reading (via a Landcare webby), there is no 100% effective poison that will exterminate these ants. Reduce, maybe, I don't know.
  12. @Wildflower , I understand staff from MPI are holding presentations at bee clubs around NZ that may be of help. They are holding an event here in Blenheim this sunday - see here https://www.nzbees.net/calendar/event/90-presentation-by-mpi/ Perhaps you could ask MPI if they plan to visit a bee club near you to hold such a presentation?
  13. The Marlborough Beekeepers Association will be hosting a presentation and discussion on the role of the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), with regards to bees and bee products. This is held this Sunday 24 November, from 2pm, at the Nelson Marlborough Institute Technology, 85 Budge Street Blenheim. This presentation will be made by MPI staff Duncan Lash and Nicola Sparrow, who have also offered to answer questions from biosecurity to food exports and anything in between regarding bees. If you have an interest in bees, honey, the correct labeling of honey or testing required for the use of bee products come along to this event. If you have a detailed question you want covered, please send it to Dion Mundy at dion.mundy@plantandfood.co.nz before the event to make sure you receive the best answer possible. This is an open event so please feel free to forward this invite to anyone that might be interested.
  14. @TaiTapHoney go to this link where it has the names of people who can do AFB checks in your area. https://afb.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/The-2019-Inspector-List-for-COI-3.pdf
  15. @Trevor Gillbanks If one doesn't use undrawn frames for housing swarms, how long does it take for AFB to establish and/or symptoms are able to be detected?
  16. The Marlborough Beekeepers Association will be hosting a workshop on getting your hives ready for Spring, and how to deal with things you might have already missed doing. Given that it is swarm season, swarm control methods will also be discussed, and there will be opportunities to ask questions about any beekeeping issues you may have. This is held at the Community Gardens, Budge st, Blenheim, 29th September, 2pm. All welcome.Note that the site of the hives are now about 50 metres south of the old site - you'll see us!
  17. If you haven't had a response, have a look at this list and make contact with someone near you who can help. https://afb.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/2019-Inspector-List-for-COI-edited-final-3.pdf
  18. The Marlborough Beekeepers Association is holding a "Introduction to beekeeping" course for beginners on the 25th August 2019, from 10 am til 3pm. This course is intended for people starting out in hobby beekeeping, or planning to take up hobby beekeeping. There is a charge of $30 which includes take home materials. The course is is held at the Marlborough Research Centre, Budge Street, Blenheim. If you are interested in attending, or would like more information, please email the club on marlboroughbeekeepers@gmail.com
  19. I don't know if anyone has seen this or aware of the latest research, but this article is about breeding bees to resist varroa mites. It also suggests doing nothing and let natural selection take place - eliminate bees that can't resist mites. The article also mentions the continuing search for genes that are resistant to mites. https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/07/breeders-toughen-bees-resist-deadly-mites
  20. Found this old thread on Tanalith E, now closed: https://www.nzbees.net/forums/topic/4224-tunnicliffes-tan-e-boxes/?tab=comments#comment-64325 Is there an update, whether the use of Tanalith E is safe to use in hive boxes? Thanks.
  21. Hi @kevin moore, no, not making foundation but I have thought about it - especially since I thought wax prices were going up (still?). Someone here a few years ago was making foundation and was going to offer them for sale - I will have to do a search for that thread. But here's the link the of the mould making process I think the forum member was using: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4j35YXwcP2E It seems since then, there are new Youtubes on making foundation. Thanks to this thread, I'm now re-looking into this issue. Found the thread - here - https://www.nzbees.net/forums/topic/7959-silicon-moulds-small-cell-for-casting-foundation/?tab=comments#comment-122892 @Matthew Brajkovich and @HSV_Darren, are you still around? A correction - I was meant to say: Someone here a few years ago was making foundation MOULD and was going to offer them for sale - I will have to do a search for that thread.
  22. @Mummzie, I am sure you can purify your wax as much as possible to be of a commercial standard. The trick is to melt the wax 3-4 times, and scraping off the gunk (when the wax is cold) from the bottom of the wax each time. Initially, for the first two steps (or three, if you like), the wax is melted in water (use boiling water from the jug to speed up the melting). Strain the molten wax through a wire mesh with approx 1mm square holes (heat the mesh prior to pouring), and for the latter stages I do the double boiler method, and again, I scrape off the gunk from the bottom of the wax. The final pour goes into silver lined containers (eg milk, fruit juice etc containers - the wax doesn't stick to the sides) - put in half a cup of boiling water first. Once cold, peel off the cardboard. There should be little or no gunk at the bottom - scrape off and/or melt again if needed. A tip I learnt from asking a question on here - to prevent the wax from cracking, let the hot wax cool till there's a sheen on the surface in the pot before the final pour. I did try straining molten wax through muslin cloth, but while this worked okay, this left with wax stuck to the cloth which was hard to scrape off and hence wasted. Better to use metal mesh. There's some Youtubes on melting wax should you be interested.
  23. The Marlborough Beekeeping Association will be hosting a honey tasting workshop, on Thursday 25th April at the Marlborough Research Centre, 7-9pm. This will be presented by Maureen Maxwell, international honey judge. Further details on our Facebook page. All welcome.
  24. Suggest you make contact with Kerry - contact details in this list. http://www.chchbeekeepers.org.nz/swarms
  25. From Vespex site: What protein bait should I use for the wasp activity testing? We recommend a plain raw protein such as fish offcuts, chicken, or rabbit meat. You can also use tinned salmon or tuna, but make sure these are canned in water (not oil) and that they are plain fish with no added flavours. https://www.merchento.com/vespex_faq.html#q14
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