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  1. Let me correct that for you: doing it as a job can ruin a perfectly good body We are just down the road, but we won't be taking anybody on until next spring and (like @tristan said) there looks like there will be plenty of beekeepers looking for work from what I've heard about the other guys in town are true
  2. We used the same design but just a single frame wide with no frame in side as the queen cage (as mentioned above). When in the UK as an apiary inspector these were the methods that we would suggest to beekeepers as part of an IPMS and they can work very well. I have to agree with David, I would expect a small brood break in most hives at about mid to late April, just not a long one like in Europe They got forgotten about when the team leader went overseas for a month or three
  3. We did it to try oxalic acid dribble
  4. We did a yard yast year with full frame cages, no comb. They were in the cages for too long but that is another story.
  5. that is about what ive seen as well I'd slap a div board between them to over-winter
  6. You will need transport as a listed activity on the RMP and then keep a log and cleaning records etc Edit: note that if your extraction plant 'added your ute' to their log then they would also have to have you listed as a subcontractor with a contract
  7. ... We isolated a free-living Gram negative bacillus from hemolymph of worker honey bees (Apis mellifera) found separated from winter clusters. In some hives, greater than 90% of the dying bees detached from the winter cluster were found to contain this bacterium... https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0167752&fbclid=IwAR22GFwW9gfVPo0pYgRFkaW9Uu-qOPnVMfT3SsL5Pe4g1ELi_-rbaICoYDw @JohnF Thought on implications for NZ? ie do we have this?
  8. The cert should be dated the same as the shipment date of the drums. Most extraction plants should be able to supply the drums (at a cost) that will meet all the specs And make sure that they have been stored well and no water has been sitting on them
  9. I had very few doubts, done it before, but not seen it for a few years now though. Ive seen whole areas that averaged over 100kg per hive
  10. I do and I contribute to it as well - both text an photos. I have no problems with open souse (hell one of my patches to android was taken back up stream into Sony's open source repos)
  11. how ever you want to read that paragraph... They are still a 'rival' and are asking for free work with out saying who they are
  12. What content? not much there at the moment. They ask you to find pair reviewed papers for them, but they don't say who they are. Why should I give my time to someone else that wont even say who they are. If you want to be taken at any worth don't have a .com and hide behind rules that are there to protect the individual
  13. humph " Registry Registrant ID: Not Available From Registry Registrant Name: Registration Private Registrant Organization: Domains By Proxy, LLC"
  14. we go for about 30-35 g for 3/4 and close to 50 for full depth
  15. Gear pumps are the way to go, even for syrup, but the 5mm trash pumps do the job well enough at a lower cost. We have a couple of 12v diaphragm pumps on smaller tanks, slow when the sugar is cold, ok if you can heat the sugar up.
  16. Ok form my "branch's" perspective: Branch manager holds 'The' DECA Staff may or may not hold their own DECA or have done the AFB course, a quick breakdown (numbers from memory): over 1/3 of staff have their own DECA another (more than) 1/3 have had the formal AFB course all staff will have a refresher (AFBPM teacher) AFB course this spring Some of us cooperates do take staff training seriously
  17. Compliance letter from where the drums come from, normally includes a letter from the drum makers. Expect to reject about 10-20% for dents, rust, black honey on seams etc
  18. My pasture goes into re-used drums. The RMP describes the check procedure and has to be documented - the drums also have to have a compliance letter
  19. Shutter stock photo https://www.shutterstock.com/image-photo/bee-hives-many-colors-hilly-landscape-755062723?src=77WL0QW1kthV5Gfz-AODqg-1-85
  20. Depends on the melezitose content. Ive seen Bees starve and dwindle on it down Te Kuiti, but in the waikato it seems not too bad. I think this comes down to the differing willow varieties with crack being predominant south of here with the hort and weeping around here
  21. I'll give you $3.50 for it... no on second thoughts I'll let you keep that stuff
  22. even if not imported and was packed for export I doubt that label will meet NZ standards
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