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  1. 20 hours ago, Sailabee said:


    Just wondering @David C if over time white clover had got a grip, and is so much easier for the bees to work? 


    Unfortunately the soil in my paddocks is too acidic for white clover and summers too hot and dry for white clover. Our pastures in south west wa are primarily sub clover and rye grass so no good for bees. That is excepting the cape weed pollen.  Have noticed that they work the crimson clover more in the mornings. 

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  2. 20 hours ago, Grant said:

    Is that down to temperature and conditions in the same way that it is for white clover?

    They worked it last year, this year the Jarrah flow is pretty good and they work that for preference.  

  3. Put some pasture mix in 3 years ago with a small amount of crimson clover mixed in. This clover usually does not persist but keeping the cows off it each spring seems to make a difference and it's really come on. Bees not working it much this year but I expect that is on account of the amount of jarrah blossom thats come out but it sure does look pretty.

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  4. 23 hours ago, tristan said:

    what sort of volume do you need to pump and how high does it need to go?


    generally flexible impeller pumps are the cheapest.

    Lift about 1.8m and enough vloume to keep up with one 18 frame extractor, somin shot don't need much in the way of performance. 

  5. Honey pumps seem to be crazy expensive and overpriced for what they are but I'm getting sick of the bucket brigade. Can any one give some tips on the lowest cost option other than a bucket?

  6. On 29/11/2016 at 3:36 AM, Janice said:

    Gum tree is another name for the eucalyptus tree. So the honey tastes and smells like eucalyptus. To me it has a medicinal taste.

    Australia is a very big country with wide range of climates and species of eucaliptus trees. The flavour of the honey from the various species is quite variable ranging from quite light in colour and mild flavours  though to dark and strong in flavour. Sometimes there is variables within a species, for example some jarrah honey is very nice in flavour however the high activity jarrah (medicinal) also tastes (in my view) a bit medicinal.  Have never found a eucalipt honey that tastes of eucaliptus, that is unless you munch on the leaves!

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