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  1. I'll leave this for Trev. This is the post below that many of the oblique responses stem from. As I understood it the suggestion is that Phil is locked up and we weren't ever allowed to develop OAG strips, totally illegal apparently for us to do it as we have been.
  2. I agree. But I confess that while 9 out of ten in my swarm box are foundationless; so I don't even have foundation in there, I DO include one empty dry comb on centreline to get them started and provide an anchor. Thus 90% of the box is their own work.
  3. If the foundation does not have worker cell patten on it, then they could easily make drone cells. If going down that route, then why not simply have starter strips from a tongue depressers or a triangle and let them build the whole lot foundationless (?). They go quite well this time of year if you put them between two fully drawn combs containing brood.
  4. is this a completely different hive to the one in the OP? I'm getting confused... my opinion would change completely if this was the "queenless" hive you were talking about and you have now dripfeed more info (?).
  5. I've never done this with an uncapped cell, so I don't know. However if the queenless hive has been queenless for a few hours or even overnight, then I think it will be happy to accept all the help it can get. Matt says he has experience of them being torn down, so maybe they have to be capped and/or there is a minimum period of time where they need to be queenless so that they are all singing off the same hymn sheet. Of course also assuming there are aren't several hundred laying workers...
  6. that sounds pretty bizarre. I guess it implies that they must be bringing in a big volume to make it economic and so maybe the other side of the story is that NZ doesn't yet produce enough sheep's milk to meet demand; a possible chicken and egg scenario with relatively high production costs. In terms of unprocessed milk, I guess it means bringing it in frozen in shipping containers? Given that we export more frozen meat than we import, maybe there are some cheap opportunities to provide a back load for empty refrigeration containers coming back to NZL. It sure would be nice to get the range of cheeses routinely available in europe, but I gather we are so bound up in our own boulder-dash that it is far too risky to produce food people want to buy (?).
  7. yes that may well be true, but then there is all the more reason to be investing in something that makes a better return and has a better future. I think all this change we are facing provides as many new opportunities as it does close doors in other areas, the strong and smart will survive. The pendulum may have swung too far in terms of intensive agriculture and mono-cropping, but I think the future of Tatua remains bright because they have proven the ability to innovate and think.
  8. Hi Gino, at the moment NZ imports 5 billion a year in oil. We currently have consents/applications for new power (wind solar etc) in the next few years that exceed the power requirement of all NZ transport; if all NZ transport went electric. So, Tiwai is optional. The contrasting view about Tiwai is that most Aluminium in the world is made with very dirty power so deciding about Tiwai is trickier than it looks. The sentimental option is to use Manapouri for something better. Changing our balance of payments by 5B a year is a big reason why big oil is fighting EV. Not only that but the refinery at Marsden point uses masses of electricity to make petrol that would be available to sell for cars.
  9. it is fantastic that Tatua is doing well IMO. I was reading the Fonterra link about cutting debt. I guess I am contrarian but to me, now seems the best possible time to go into huge debt. As we race downwards to zero percent interest, anyone that has a good idea to save money like an electric vehicle or good business that makes a good economic return can basically borrow nearly free money and turn it into more money. The cutting of debt by Fonterra could be interpreted as a tacit acknowledgement that it has run out of ideas and has no clue how to turn one dollar into $1.30. How very depressing. This is in stark contrast to the other link.
  10. https://farmersweekly.co.nz/section/dairy/view/tatua-has-record-income did you post the right link?
  11. Great. I don't think EV can save the blue marble that we live on, but this combined with other changes is the only hope we've got. It is not a very level playing field where dentists drive to work in a diesel double cab because they can then evade FBT. Interestingly nearly all of the batteries can be recycled and there is no disposal issue at all. The biggest problem with recycling EV batteries is that they are lasting far longer than anyone dared hope, so the actual recyclers are not getting any batteries to recycle. Also there is a load of #######s written about the manufacturing of these batteries but the truth is that it is very carefully done. When you get into dirty mining and exploitation of child labour and all the horrid stuff that goes on, you will find this is the cheap and nasty stuff that doesn't have the documentation and that is typically found in masses and masses of cheap nasty consumer products, that we are all buying from the really big C where it is in your fish finder, your mobile phone and in plastic junk you purchased for grand/kids under the Xmas tree, that is where the nasty stuff goes and that is the stuff that is too small to have proper recycling. There is a whole lot of rhetoric out there about how terrible electric cars spread by people who have a vested interest. Most people simply don't have the time to look into it and will generally take the easy option that suits.
  12. A british beekeeping book I've been shown, 'Beekeeping, a seasonal guide' by Ron Brown (OBE) 1985 shows how to refresh old empty dry comb in the off season with galacial acetic acid. So far, this seems very effective; following the instructions in the book. It would be interesting to compare efficacy of these different approaches, but the 50C approach is not a hobbiest option but very convenient for those who have hot rooms.
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