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  1. It's here: Biosecurity (National American Foulbrood Pest Management Plan) Order 1998 http://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/1998/0260/latest/whole.html Should inspect more often Biosecurity Act 1993 154N Section 154N offences http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1993/0095/latest/whole.html#DLM4759461
  2. Depending on the climate of your apiary site it may be too late and risky to apply cardboard strips with oxalic acid in say April. If the bees cant or don't want to go outside for water (say for brood raising) they might ingest water held on the strips, which will at least change stomach pH, or could kill bees. There has been advice not to put strips in winter. http://www.apicultura.com.ar/apis_122.html
  3. It's a local council. Try the Treaty of Waitangi principles in the LGA and the RMA. The affected parties will let you know their viewpoint. And it's not just the beekeepers. We don't know that lowering hive numbers is necessary; it may just be laziness on the part of beeks not spacing apiaries to manage the resource fairly. @Goran 's post on Alternatives to quotas https://www.nzbees.net/forums/topic/13389-alternative-to-any-hive-quotarights-system/?do=findComment&comment=219463 is an indication of the legislative approach there.
  4. Ouch! I'm a beginner not a hobby beek. So Philbee's quota idea is number of hives in a particular area. The quota isn't the number of fishing boats (hives or trucks) nor the number of fisherwomen or nets (bees or apiarists in a business), rather, it's the quantity of fish ( nectar pollen propalis ). The resource is on both public and private land. Some agricultural businesses ( farms, orchards) see beekeeping as an extractive industry from which the farmer clips the ticket; others pay for a pollination service and presently decide who they engage to do that job.As la
  5. Sorry, I got distracted. I was reading about humility; harmony etc.
  6. Quota? Details please: is it by number of hives? yield of honey? quota for species floral source? overlapping quota areas? or a set geographic area? pollination quotas? number of queens raised quota? amateur quota? How does it all fit together? How is it going to account for land use change? I'm tending to side with the concept of beekeeping as a symbiotic activity: a humble service for the well-being of agricultural communities. There should be protection of local communities. Skin in the industry through a quota done wrongly will lead to a sense of entitlement,
  7. Isn't the HBRC a regulator? And it has an apiary industry JV? Is there any potential for conflict of interest? Or is it suggesting that the NBA take back the leadership it lost, and regulate its members? I like the old ideas. There used to be a gentlemans agreement in the industry. I've now got that with most of my neighbours. There's just one who's a slow learner. He may benefit from new teaching methods.
  8. In the RMA, sustainable management means managing the use, development, and protection of natural and physical resources in a way, or at a rate, which enables people and communities to provide for their social, economic, and cultural well-being and for their health and safety. Council have a duty to enable those well-beings. There is little if any law outside of the RMA to enable that. Monocultural manuka farmers are relying on other landowners flora commons. Since the change of management over the fence both boundary loading and the disease issue have become non-existant. From ex
  9. "NZ's healthy bee population masks serious threat" https://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player?audio_id=2018648894 Stocking rates; disease; attitudes; etc. Frank says it straight how it is. David has more trouble getting the message across.
  10. According to an analysis...... https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/country/351569/no-one-wants-to-see-honey-bees-die ...... and retailers are taking poisons off the shelf.... https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/country/348231/mitre-10-to-review-bee-risk-pesticides https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/348157/bunnings-bins-pesticide-thought-to-harm-bees
  11. I've had the odd egg carton strip last more than a week; but most are just loose fibre before then. Solid cardboard that is used for refrigerating of freezing food;9 same stuff used to be used by bakers): 1.5mm to 2.5mm works and lasts. It needs to be soaked. I use a plastic hive roof.
  12. The lack of success with pauper splits is foregoing the revenue stream of 5 to 6 weeks without new brood. Even if you were to buy mated production queens, that's only 1 to 3 frames of honey (a few days production in a honey flow) for each queen; an artificially inseminated breeder queen would cost the equivalent of 1 or 2 supers of manuka. Up until the beginning of this week Northland has had overcast drizzly windy weather. Now that the weather is more or less settled and fine, doing pauper splits may mean saying goodbye to the bulk of this seasons income: and that's not a good commercial
  13. Just don't have the commercial with his pauper splits setting up his apiary next to me. I don't want his varroa; his VSHless drones mating with my queens; etc.... Got lost of 2/3 of the commercial boundary loaders and hive health has picked up amazingly.. Understand the principles behind the practicalities of breeding. If you can't do the grafting because you have a serious disability such as brain injury; cerebral palsy; motor neurone disease; or blindness, then use the Jenter method or lay a frame of standing eggs from the donor hive on its side above the brood cluster.
  14. Sorry, can't see how poor man's splits are breeding (this sub-forum). Poor man's splits are what it says: do it and you end up a poor man. Over on this other thread: https://www.nzbees.net/forums/topic/11479-buying-queens-vs-pauper-split/ there is this gift: However, right here the opening poster zom-bee is a semi-commercial, and should be looking to improve his bees. Yes, I've kind of had satisfactory results from poor man's splits using hives well bred queens VSH & great honey gathering skills . However the odds are less than you would get from an intelligent bre
  15. https://www.nzbees.net/profile/2657-kaihoka/ I empathise with you @kaihoka . I am thankful for the highly skilled and devoted work of queen breeders with their Varroa sensitive hygiene programmes. After all, their work is aimed at lessening the need for treatment. @Philbee, don't tell my that http://i.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/77730773/fighting-the-good-fight-for-varroa-resistance-in-bees was a fluke. I have been influenced by the small cell advocates and others such as Randy Oliver who says “If you’re not part of the genetic solution of breeding mite-resistant bees, then you’re p
  16. I don't know. But, so long as the mites on the adult bees have gone the adults are happy; and I'm happy to have put in some strips that will last longer than a month and get the varroa hiding with the brood. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpyY9_9y9Qw
  17. Did not treat in autumn. Not even a placebo; or dance naked around the hive in moonlight type treatment: zero; zilch; nada; not anything . Sometimes I don't treat for a couple of years. No flukes involved. Why treat when you don't have to? However, this spring (September) I did treat with OA/GL and the egg carton cardboard wasn't strong enough: it was demolished within a week. That's why I subsequently tried something stronger. However, as for is a week long enough, it should go a long way toward fixing the problem. Fernando Luis Esteban says: "if population and brood is high the bees will
  18. Didn't treat in the autumn. In September put 1 strip OA/GL on egg carton lid bent over brood frame in each hive: bees took a week to demolish those. The hives have got stronger ( much more bees and brood), so two weeks ago replaced with 2mm cardboard; jute sacking; thick denim. The strips are whole; no adverse effects on bees and they seem to be happy; there has been mite fall. The cardboard is rigid so it is as easy as plastic strips to install. The fabric strips are fiddly. The recipe & method are described in : https://apiaraucania.blogspot.co.nz/2016/01/monoxalato-como-control-de
  19. RNZ Rural news at 12:35pm today: 00:00 to 03:11 minutes http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player?audio_id=201857818 Jody Mitchell Supreme Beekeeper of the year puts her views. Overstocking; with no requirement for qualifications. From my angle, it suggests in part, legislation similar to that in Serbia.
  20. My suggestion? Mark Goodwin's test ,a clean test as a compliance condition before movement of hives bees bee products equipment; hive separation distances, and prohibited apiary placement sites, similar to what is law overseas; drones to seek out and destroy wild colonies, could go a long way toward the objective. However, the situation with AFB isn't like that with smallpox: no internal border controls. 300 years to rust out a traction engine or post rammer; 3000 years for the likes of Tane Mahuta; 3000000...... for a mine entrance, cave etc. That leaves breeding; or genetic engineering
  21. Not anywhere near the same. . From Wikipedia: "The honey badger (Mellivora capensis), also known as the ratel (/ˈreɪtəl/ or /ˈrɑːtəl/),is the only species in the mustelid subfamily Mellivorinae and its only genus Mellivora" Their favourite food is honey and bee lavae. It is not a fictional animal. As they say in this Oxford Scientific Films production: it will rip your balls out; at 45:39 Brian uses an 8000 volt electric fence around his hives to knock the little critters back.
  22. Was just doing a refresher on information for the coming season on how to keep my bees healthy and happy. So, was just wondering... We don't know how lucky we are.
  23. Throw another (gas cylinder) on the fire: how about swarms into hollow trees and abandoned machinery? 30 years plus minimum.? And another gas cylinder:how about gene editing?
  24. Makes inspection, and manipulations a whole lot easier for everyone without cross combs. There's you for starters as a beginner; then there's anyone else you may or may not want to advise you, eg: apiary advisors/inspectors, some of whom find difficulty handling comb just supported at one edge. Communication is more likely to go into more depth and be more useful if they think it looks like you care even if they personally are prejudiced against TBHs.
  25. Foundation-less has gone mainstream:
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