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john berry

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  1. as I understand it, and I may be wrong, assure quality can order the destruction of infected hives and place movement orders on remaining hives. I'm sure they could recommend to maf that someone be prosecuted but I think they realise they would be wasting their time. at least three quarters of the beekeepers in this area who have sold up in the last 20 years have had some sort of a foulbrood problem. As soon as you get too old, too sick or too tired to keep on top of problems, away it goes again. If someone had 130 hives and couldn't tell Sack brood from American foulbrood I think they made
  2. if you want examples of the sort of thing I'm talking about here are two examples from the fairly recent past. I won't mention any names and they are too far back to prosecute but they are good examples of the type of thing I keep coming across. One ; 40 hives on one unregistered site , all with foulbrood and some robbed out. This apiary was right in the middle of the Hawke's Bay Apple pollination area. I believe the site was being used as a hospital yard with diseased hives being brought in just in case they got better. Two ; seven registered sites inspected. Five sites had robbed out foulb
  3. The recent foulbrood outbreak in Hawke's Bay included robbed out beehives in unregistered apiarys .as an ap2 I cannot take a prosecution. Byron Taylor our North Island AP1 is apparently also unable to take prosecutions under section 154 q of the bio security act. MAF appear to be the only people who can take prosecutions and yet they refuse to . those who know me know I've done a huge amount to try and educate people about American foulbrood but I believe the time has come to prosecute in the case of ongoing gross neglect which leads to the destruction of neighbouring hives. am I getting o
  4. hi Stu, I pass on your comments about Jamie to the committee but we haven't had a meeting yet because of pollination commitments. Yes, wax and all, but I believe the secret ingredient is supposed to be the honey just under the wax capping. Why I don't know.
  5. By the way Jose interesting observations on the different crosses.Does anyone else have any experience with either of these two crosses. As you may have gathered by my posts I'm not a huge fan of anything but Italians but the reality is if someone comes up with a new strain of bee that is totally resistant to varroa I would change tomorrow.
  6. hybrids especially f2 and f3 are unpredictable and unstable, that's why we don't want them.f1 hybrids should show a lot of hybrid vigour and would very probably be more productive than either of the parents. This vigour is not carried on to further generations . very useful for one generation but not sustainable. As far as I'm aware there is no difference in size between the different races of honeybees. It seems to be an optical illusion that Italians look bigger than dark bees.
  7. go out to your hive in the evening . Hold a candle near the entrance annual notice air is sucked on one side of the entrance and expelled on the other.top entrances and top ventilation may be advantageous but I have never used them and never had any real problems. Same thing with screen bottom boards. They sound good on paper but the science suggest they have no discernible effect on varroa. Having said all that, conditions do very a lot between one area and another and what is necessary in one place may be a waste of time somewhere else.
  8. 42 years man and boy .And yes I still like them.
  9. a sugar shake is extremely difficult to do if the bees are on a honey flow. If there is a lot of fresh honey coming in then try and get the job done before 10 a.m. a bee brush might work rather than shaking them when there is a lot of fresh nectar.
  10. the secret is a cool smoke. One bag of dry Pine needles to light the smoker and another bag of damp ones for when it is going well. Hessian Sacks left on a fence to weather do burn well but can you be sure what was in the sack. imidoclorperid coated seeds perhaps.corrugated cardboard and wood shavings do tend to burn a bit hot.
  11. MAF `s arrogance and ignorance are breathtaking. As predicted by Mark Goodwin deformed wing virus almost certainly came in with the semen . we also faced with the dilemma of not being able to have pure matings any more because of the importation of Carniolan genetics. hybrids are a real problem and can be exceptionally aggressive.
  12. I think they just had a spoonful a day . I agree that most allergies are caused by wind borne pollens but nevertheless these people kept coming back for more and swore that it worked. Skimmings from the top of the honey has always been a problem. Years ago it was all reprocessed using a fair amount of heat and then sold to the tobacco industry. You could try making honey mead. If it is a real problem check the seals on your pumps and make sure they are not incorporating air into the honey .
  13. If they are still clustered outside the box this evening try gently brushing them onto the ground in front of the entrance and they will often just March in .No matter what you do some swarms will abscond. Personally I catch my swarms in a full depth box with gauze on the bottom and a couple of runners to keep it off the ground. I normally put three frames of foundation in the box along with a frame of honey. After I have shaken the swarm into the box I cover it with a sack and seal them by placing a normal telescopic lid on top. I normally leave them shut until evening at which point I just
  14. virgin queen, dont disturb for three weeks
  15. before antibiotics were readily available there was research done on using compounds from wax moth to dissolve the waxy coating around tuberculin cysts. There has also been fascinating work done using bees to find landmines.
  16. sounds like Tauhinu, ozothamnus leptophyluss or Cottonwood . It is no good for bees as far as I know and is not generally found in cultivation.good coastal plant for revegetation and regeneration.
  17. no idea if it works or not but years ago we used to have several people come in specially to buy cappings honey for their allergies. Cappings honey is the wax and honey that has removed from the surface of the honey frame before extraction.
  18. it can be very difficult to get queenless hives to accept CageQueens so if you are happy with the genetics (apart from the tendency to swarm) and there are no eggs or young lavie in the hives I would move a frame of brood with a queen cell on into the hive with the poor cell .check very carefully and make sure there is only one cell in each hive. In theory with only one virgin they should not swarm. I don't know what your spring weather has been like but ours has been very indifferent and even when Queens have been mated they have promptly superseded in many cases . This could be the case in t
  19. Tunnicliffe sell ecowood boxes (tanalised without the arsenic) mine are paraffin dipped but not painted. They also have themowood which is basically cooked to a very high temperature. I really like these as there is no chemicals. They are supposed to be very durable but we have only had them for a few years. Once again these are paraffin dipped but not painted. The one problem with these boxes is they are more brittle than conventional pine boxes . Kilndried painted and paraffined boxes only seem to last about five years. In the last couple of years we have had access to old man pines and ha
  20. I have worked with plenty of black bees over the years and while some were better than others they were all more aggressive than Italians. The other issue is hybrid aggression. Italian-AMM or Italian-Carneolan crosses are nearly always far more aggressive than either of the original parents. In all my years beekeeping I have only ever had two hives that were completely unworkable and I marked both these for immediate re-Queening . One of these severely stung the local maf inspector (the only one I've ever taken a distinct dislike to) and the other one was the first hive moved out of over 40 th
  21. Scorching boxes for AFB control is illegal . I have seen foulbrood return in hives that have been scorched at least 40 years before . Never buy (or even accept as a gift) gear from dead hives unless you have the facilities to treat them properly (paraffin dip at 160°C for 10 min) and even then burn all frames and imperfect gear . If possible get an experience beekeeper to check live hives before purchase . Hives can be completely free of visual symptoms and still come down with the disease later. They can also catch it from your neighbours .theoretically swarms can carry AFB but the risk i
  22. Not many places I haven't been stung over the years. My father tells me that the tongue is the worst . I haven't been stung their and for me the worst would be under the nose, especially the time I had a second sting in the same place about half an hour after the first. I have been stung on the _____ but under the noses is worse . John Berry
  23. there are only two types of wasps that attacked beehives in New Zealand , the Common wasp and the German wasp. The German wasp is yellow with black stripes and black dots. The Common wasp is the same except the dots are joined onto the stripes. Generally speaking German wasps are the worst. Apart from Queens which are the biggest wasps vary in size considerably depending on how well they were fed when young. If your wasps don't meet this description it is possible that this is another bio security breach and urgent action would have to be taken. The Asian or Japanese Hornet arriving in New Zea
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