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Daniel Benefield

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  1. How do you feed the burnt honey to the cows? A molasses feeder or some other way? I'm sure they love it but does it ever give them the squirts?
  2. I would be keen to list products on a another platform. My only concern might be that some of the industries "dirty laundry" so to speak has been/is aired on here. I understand that it's free for the world to see as it is but would its proximity to a sales platform targeting non industry people be an issue?
  3. What sort of quantities of propolis are you looking for? I have a mixture of scrapings and from mats.
  4. I skinned my knuckle a few weeks ago working in the sheep yards, was quite deep. Stopped the bleeding with my tee-shirt and carried on working, as you can imagine it got gross. When I got home I cleaned it up and covered it but it was definitely infected. It got very sore, red and lots of puss. I used only bush honey on it as a bit of an experiment. Had to wash and re-apply often but it healed up very well. Very unscientific I know, but definitely made me feel good not using antibiotic ointment.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. That is plan C. Ideally want to to pump from shed into room.
  8. Hi @Cong are you still around? I'm trying to make contact with some Vietnamese beekeepers.
  9. Out of the drum, preferably standing but could be tipped. Then into raised tank or buckets.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12193867
  13. 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.
  14. 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..
  15. Empty Ecrotek frame box came in handy this evening.
  16. 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.
  17. 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..
  18. https://www.weeklytimesnow.com.au/news/national/varroa-mite-detected-in-ship-at-port-of-melbourne/news-story/8d65c459b2e3da8d5813110af89e9f65
  19. I guess. I wouldn't say need tho. If they are strong and Im wanting to hold all the bees, that's when I use the extra super. My theory about the rim on top seems to work.
  20. Hmmm. Maybe just different. Have done it both ways. As I said though if they are strong I use a super+frames on top of brood boxes for space.
  21. I have a bunch of home made corner escapes that work well. 20mm hole in 2 corners of a standard hive mat with a V or L shaped exit escape port (1 bee wide) with steel flyscreen mesh over top. Some of mine have center escapes which are the little plastic two piece ones that have little arms inside that the bees have to squeeze through. Those on their own I think suck, hence why I added the corner escapes to them. I guess they don't provide enough options to exit and the can get blocked or waxed/propolised up quickly. I see from @Trevor Gillbanks video that he uses a feeder rim below the es
  22. I assume @jamesc you have talked to the land owner (or who you thought owned the land) since. What is their take on things?
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