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ChrisM last won the day on August 11

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  1. what does 0.005 mean? What is the maximum level of 1080 permitted in export honey? And/or considered to be considered an insignificant trace? If Landcare does this test, then surely one laboratory has a test for 1080? Is it usual for the laboratories to keep their tests secret?
  2. dammit, I was hoping that Yesbut might be on to something
  3. Does this mean honey can be promoted for weight loss? That would be clever marketing. When eaten, where does most of it go, out the other end? Does it get flushed? If so, then maybe it was a waste of time eating it in the first place?
  4. just asking, did any of the non-OAG hives get tested? Presumably they would also have similar virus levels? I mean fungus So, OAG + fungus^2 = mortality, but bayvarol + fungus = not so bad. Is that a conclusion? I have refreshed some combs using glacial acetic acid as per the UK book I quoted once in the past. I wonder if this has any bearing on virus/fungus; if I had them. Kind of sterlising comb for amateurs that don't have hot rooms. Still plenty of others with good and bad results that didn't do any kind of comb refresh. Real life is so confusing..
  5. that is a little bit of an exaggeration (?), it depends on the local council fees as they're all different it is impossible to say, but just one thousand dollars is a reasonable budget from what I understand for NP1 through your local council and using your local council to do the one-off verification/audit. Best to visit the council and ask their fees and advice. After that the biennial rego is CPI inflation adjusted but roughly $200 every two years if nobody ever complains and it all goes smoothly. Please let us know if you find out differently from your council.
  6. Maybe not aware as you say, [don't know], but with all hives in urban areas on small sections, surrounded by at least four neighbours at very close range, there are no secrets . There is a lot of pressure to pay close attention to (not) swarming and it does take time. Hobby beekeeping at single hive apiary level is not the same as managing 250 to 350 hives per person.... I mean you only have one hive to look at when you get there. We might be guilty of giving them too much space at times. Swarm level and skill level is not comparable with all these different variables. It has to be borne in mind that urban hives don't get a big flow and on permanent apiary sites, they get a year round dribble this avoids a sudden build up going nuclear. Carni traits seem easy to manage in this environment, are economical over winter and good defenders generally. Being on a permanent site they are in sync with their flow and we are never involved in any stimulatory feeding what so ever. So hive management is quite different. We do feed if they have insufficient stores, but for us, that doesn't happen in urban hives, only rural. We have had a couple of hotter than normal hives. Those hives have a split removed including queen and I allocate those to more hostile areas where there is a lot of robbing pressure and overstocking on the basis they'll stand up for themselves.. I can then requeen the remainder of the colony to something user friendly for urban work.
  7. From a hobby perspective not selling any honey, but renting some hives: We collect about a dozen swarms per year and deflect the rest on to other BoP club members. The swarms build up in a Nuc apiary for consideration for the following season. We've also bought various queens and cells and bred some queens from our most prolific hives that are a pleasure to work. I have to say that I have not seen any higher risk of swarming from a captured swarm in the subsequent year than any other source of queen. So far as I know we have only accidentally sent out a swarm twice out of 50 hives in last 5 years, collected both of those. I conclude that swarming is only going to happen if the beekeeper screws up, (me/us/them) and the practise of requeening swarms or not breeding from them is a bit more superstitious than fair. That is to say a super good queen that produces a prolific hive that runs out of space isn't the cause of the problem, they're actually the best ones (?).
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    hmmm, I wonder if very hungry/starving bees could turn on to the OAG strips as a food source with resulting mortality? I've read but never seen that bees will even canabalise their own brood as a matter of survival; there is no use for brood if everyone else is already starved to death.. If as some say the hives get knocked back first time around and then subsequent times do really well, it could be that many hives try eating them experimentally first time around and then conclude never to eat/digest them again. Bees do dumb things too, but they're smart. Is it possible some of the OAG hives took down all the early spring syrup and hit a dry spot in between feeding rounds? If so it may mean that feeding/stores are much more important for OAG hives so that the treatment is not used in an unintended manner. Sorry if this is something someone else already said in one thread or other.
  9. pyrethrum insect dust works just as well as carbaryl (I have used both on wasp nests in the ground) that is to say that I couldn't tell the difference. My carbaryl source was running low too and didn't want to give me too much of his stash. Insect dust is not (so far) considered carcenogenic, so it is preferable. Costs are minor if you buy a 2kg tub of Permex from flybusters, no need to be miserly with it. I've no idea if the bees suffer more or less, but suspect that death by petrol fumes, affixiation isn't the way I'd prefer to be put down. So I'm glad this has been raised as I would not have thought about it; should this ever need to be done I'll use the powder and try to asses how aggitated they become before it all goes quiet. The wording of my DECA says "petrol or other suitable substance" so this would give any beekeeper in my situation open license to tip or puff in two tbsp of either permex or say, kiwicare no-more-wasps puffer pack powder or similar. Often supplied commerically as 3% pyrethrum and balance in talcum powder by various suppliers.
  10. The 7 day rule applies only if you have no DECA. If you do have a DECA then the wording of the DECA applies and this could be whatever the beekeeper and the agency both agreed to sign up to; such as "a fire permit must be obtained during fire season and the hive is to be stored and then burnt according to fire permit conditions". That is not what my DECA says, but it seems a reasonable change (?). I don't actually disagree with anything you have written. However if it has to be burnt and the biosecurity rules prevail then the fire brigade can send out a truck and at a mutually agreed time (?) to keep an eye on things. It seems reasonable to have an agreed protocol between the Fire Service and the AFBNPMP so that we each don't need to invent our own deal. I'm not sure what the current vanilla flavour DECA baseline form says but in my one section 2.5 on page 3 of 6 does not mention fire permits and bans. Maybe the latest ones do (?).
  11. Common sense is something that I have not seen mentioned in the rules and regulations of a government act. There has also been approximately zero reports of common sense with respect to MPI on this forum. I have a signed agreement with the AFBNPMP (DECA) that in my case says I'm allowed to move the hive to be burnt to a site of my choosing; as opposed to burning it in the backyard of a client. I have a couple of spots earmarked for this with loose agreements in place should it ever be required [crossing fingers and toes that it wont]. However, I don't have anything in my DECA that permits me to wait for a fire permit or to argue the toss if one is not given immediately. So if I'm left in breach of my DECA I have to phone up the AFBPMP and plead for them to use common sense (?). I think that would probably work, but it all takes time and time is money. Maybe I could apply for a new DECA with conditions surrounding fire permits included in it. I didn't give it thought before because I understood that biosecurity did trump fire reg's. I should hasten to add that if I was burning a hive I would be using common sense so risk of it spreading was non-existant. Unlike the fires around here causing mayhem at Guy Fawkes. Will be interested to know what other people put in their DECA..
  12. I thought I had read in posts on the forum in years past, that fire ban rules were trumped by biosecurity rules so that in effect you have to just tell them that you ARE going to burn a hive, today. Does the AFBNPMP support that or can you be fined for lighting a fire in those circumstances?
  13. so working backward. If the sell price in posts above is $5.99 per 500g then that is 11.98 per kg. excl GST that is $10.42. If hypothetically the supermarket charges 80% markup, (?) then the sell price of the packed honey was probably in the region of $5.79 per kg. So with round off about $2.89 for each 500g container. If we allow about $1 per kg for packing it reduces to around $4.79 per kg in the drum. Is that roughly how it would have worked? I guess there are some other unknowns such as transport, pasteurization and storage.
  14. If they do find buyers then it will but accounting is always retrospective so not yet
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