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Daniel Benefield last won the day on May 15 2017

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  1. Just saying.. I'm neither for nor against 1080. I am against misinformation. The pic is from a video taken (by a beek I should add). It relates to the story below. https://amp.rnz.co.nz/article/f1b8d66b-f198-498c-9cfa-234073e975f3 Dig around online and you will find more information on this case.
  2. Congrats on getting into the Innovations Centre at the Feildays, look forward to seeing you there... I have one particular yard that has been hammered by wasps this autumn. I have watched as strong hives with very low mite counts, no signs of virus etc also with reduced entrances, dwindling in bee numbers considerably. Compared to yards in the same area but without same wasp pressure the difference in bee numbers is considerable. I have a question though if you don't mind, if using a standard style of wooden floor how do the bees get on removing hive detritus and "oxalic acid staple fluff" etc?
  3. That is plan C. Ideally want to to pump from shed into room.
  4. Hi @Cong are you still around? I'm trying to make contact with some Vietnamese beekeepers.
  5. Out of the drum, preferably standing but could be tipped. Then into raised tank or buckets.
  6. Can anyone here please point me in the right direction as to where to find a drum pump suitable for 300kg drums of honey? Electric or manual, food grade. Cheers.
  7. I agree with that. Yes there are similarities with all types of farming/primary producers, but when it comes to $ we are a world away. Beef and lamb exports I believe are somewhere around 6 billion. I might be wrong but honey exports I think are less than half a billion. To put that in perspective 1 million seconds = 11.5 days. 1 billion seconds = 31.5 years. As a farmer I am comfortable with the levies we pay as I feel we can afford it and overall it is being drawn from a much larger pot. As a beekeeper I am not at all comfortable, our pot is rather small.
  8. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12193867
  9. You can get Shine glycerine (BellBooth) in 5ltrs for about $35 from Farm Source or Farmlands. They will order it if they don't have it. It's vege based.
  10. We had one down a big slip yesterday and now these two tonight. Only started lambing a few days ago. Might need to drive through the paddocks with my eyes closed now..
  11. Empty Ecrotek frame box came in handy this evening.
  12. Big thanks to you @Philbee! I was going to buy some of yours but Mrs convinced me she could do it. Gonna have RSI after cutting these tho.
  13. Thanks for the detailed post @Old Timer I've had the dipper project on the back burner since I posted that but have been thinking about it again since we now live out of town. I have a feeling though that the bees won't let me do anything like that until next winter now..
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