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Everything posted by olbe

  1. My memory is not as good as it once was ,but about the time varroa arrived I am pretty sure it was claimed that pasture pollination was valued in the billions of dollars per annum I think that came from one of the govt depts at the time.
  2. Under the old owners MH were only using NZ product, don't know if that is still the policy with the new ownership. I remember Kerry Paul once telling me that he believed propolis had the potential to bee bigger than Manuka, damn pity that hasn't happened.
  3. coro#rapa disease? maybe thats what Dennis was suffering from a couple of days ago.
  4. seems like canada's not the only place you you need to watch out for bare's
  5. Symptoms of a hive with both Nosemas = slow dwindling death.
  6. Philbee asked a couple of weeks back how much solution my strips hold , weighed some this morning an average of 26 grams per strip , 4 strips per brood box.
  7. Jamesc Your choice of the farmlands glycerine may be the reason for your losses, the glycerine they sell now is very thin compared to the shine glycerine they used to sell. I used to get my glyc from farmlands , but when they changed supplier the new product was a lot thinner and that puts the final solution out of kilter ( the solution leaches out of the strips) I now purchase my glycerine direct from bell booth in Palmerston North 200l at a time Shine USP/BP grade , also if you used the ovaboard product, that could also be problematic as that stuff is made from r
  8. All that recycled plastic gets turned into more wheelie bins so we can collect even more plastic
  9. my strips are 450 mm long 30mm wide 2000 micron (2mm) and weigh approx 19gr when soaked for 48hrs drained for 24hrs then used as required.
  10. MGO 40 manuka, well if it passes the MPI markers , Why not, it must be legal .
  11. yep, kinda looked like that
  12. sounds just like what happens to my Te pari brander, I've learned to check for spiderwebs before lighting now, mostly seems to be the jumping spiders.
  13. The hives @Matt mentioned most likely did not die from starvation , but from a combination of several factors not the least bring Nosema Ceranae , this area of the Waikato had a grouping of the highest Nosema Ceranae counts during the pathogen programme testing , when combined with other stressors this nosema is deadly.
  14. check out the " Hive for queen bee " on trademe , the person with the listing does not really seem to know anything about bees, I don't know how to report these things.
  15. I think you people mean middlearth
  16. I guess the will either accept one member one vote or go elswhere
  17. My preference is wooden frame, plastic insert , if you have wax melter coat the plastic sheets yourself with your own wax its a nice job for a ####ty day. years ago I used pierco plastic frames and the bees treated them the same as wood frames, but these locally produced frames seem to get exceptionally waxed to the boxes I suspect the plastic is outgassing some chemical that is encouraging the bees to produce this extra wax on the frames.
  18. Oh dear Matt, if both hives are bloodless it must bee damn vampire mites causing the damage
  19. first frost for souwest waikato today as well ,but a lot lighter than yours
  20. Right on the button Nikki Watts, just like drones wasps seem to congregate in places for the act, but it seems these areas are not the same each year. couple of years ago I got called out by one of my farmers who said there must be a large wasp nest by the effluent pond , starting at the effluent pond and running down the fence line for approx 150 metres was a barbery hedge and from the top of the hedge to about 80cm above there were thousands of wasps flying up and down the full length of the hedge, and quite a few wasps were clustered in small groups nearby on thistles just doin t
  21. pathogen programme spring 18 , North Island nine apiaries with cbpv, south Island three apiaries with cbpv My count was about 500,000 copies per bee .
  22. olbe


    usually I find that for the next two seasons after a 1080 drop I get better crops and have less problems with wasps, Could just be coincidence, but !
  23. The only dead brood I have seen is when I place strips over capped brood , it appears as though sometimes the brood is unable to hatch because of the thickness of the strips I use solid fibre strips.
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