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  1. Yeah that's her abdomen she's very dark. Not the best pic
  2. Found this toady, not one of mine but they must have heard good things about me ? they were hanging under another hive base egg laying and pollen collecting.. boxless beekeeping? 'Twas one of those swarmy black devils that lead them astray ?
  3. I would leave them for another couple weeks yet till the box is spewing bees when you crack the lid. Lift up a frame of brood when you add 2nd box and give them a feed 1:1 if needed and they'll have that 2nd box drawn in no time
  4. Not just your back yard, I think this is an issue that needs a lot more attention than it is getting.
  5. I'd say it cost about $7.50 .............a word
  6. Received this letter in the electronic mailbox the other day and initial thought it might be addressing the 3pla issue but appears not. Seems to contain little useful info at all. Subject: Clarification on interpretation of test results for mānuka honey Dear stakeholder, MPI has become aware of a couple of issues regarding laboratory test results for mānuka honey under the Animal Products Notice: General Export Requirements for Bee Products (the GREX). You are receiving this notification as these issues may potentially affect you. The information in this notification is mainly relevant to you if you are an operator involved in the processing/extraction of mānuka honey. The issues and MPI’s explanation addressing them are set out below. 1. Laboratory test results for mānuka honey that have been interpreted in accordance with the consultation version of the GREX (the draft GREX) or the GREX that was issued on 11 December 2017 and subsequently revoked (the revoked GREX). The only valid version of the GREX is the version that was issued on 29 January 2018 and came into effect on 5 February 2018 (the valid GREX). As such, any laboratory test results, regardless of when they are obtained, must be interpreted in accordance with the valid GREX in order to be used to support the labelling of any mānuka honey exported on or after 5 February 2018. The draft GREX was a consultation document that never had legal effect. The revoked GREX never legally came into effect as it was revoked before its commencement date (5 February 2018). As such any provisions in the draft GREX or the revoked GREX cannot be used for regulatory purposes. In particular, any laboratory test results interpreted in accordance with the mānuka honey definition in that draft GREX or revoked GREX cannot be used to support the labelling of mānuka honey exported on or after 5 February 2018 (subject to the stock in trade provision as explained below). The “Stock in trade” provision in clause 8.1 of the GREX remains unaffected. This means that honey labelled as mānuka and in retail packs prior to 5 February 2018 can continue to be exported to countries not requiring official assurances until 5 August 2018. It does not matter whether the labelling of these products were based on test results interpreted in accordance with the revoked GREX or on industry grading systems. 2. Laboratory test results for mānuka honey that have been interpreted incorrectly against the valid GREX. MPI is aware that some laboratory reports have incorrect interpretations of the test results against the definition specified in the valid GREX. The incorrect interpretation cannot be used to support the labelling of any mānuka honey exported on or after 5 February 2018. These laboratory test results will have to be re-interpreted correctly in accordance with the definition in the valid GREX before they can be legally relied on for the labelling of any mānuka honey. The operator who arranged for the laboratory to do the test is primarily responsible for the correct interpretation of the results. MPI recommends that operators check that the interpretation has been done correctly. For clarification, the following table sets out a number of different scenarios concerning laboratory test results on mānuka honey and an indication of whether they are valid or not. Test results scenarios Validity Laboratory test results provided by the laboratory with no interpretation Valid if interpreted by the operator in accordance with the mānuka honey definition as specified in the valid GREX. Laboratory test results provided by the laboratory with correct interpretation in accordance with the mānuka honey definition as specified in the valid GREX Valid. Laboratory test results provided by the laboratory with interpretation that deviates from the mānuka honey definition as specified in the valid GREX Invalid. The test results, as interpreted, cannot be used in relation to any mānuka honey exported on or after 5 February 2018. The test results must be re-interpreted correctly by the operator in compliance with the mānuka honey definition as specified in the valid GREX. Alternatively, the laboratory may re-issue the test results without interpretation (for the operator to interpret) or with a correct interpretation in compliance with the mānuka honey definition as specified in the valid GREX. Laboratory test results provided by the laboratory with correct interpretation in accordance with the mānuka honey definition as specified in the revoked GREX or the draft GREX Invalid. The test results cannot be used in relation to any mānuka honey exported on or after 5 February 2018. The test results will have to be re-interpreted correctly by the operator in accordance with the mānuka honey definition as specified in the valid GREX. Laboratory test results provided by the laboratory with incorrect interpretation in accordance with the mānuka honey definition as specified in the draft GREX Invalid. The test results cannot be used in relation to any mānuka honey exported on or after 5 February 2018. The test results will have to be re-interpreted correctly in accordance with the mānuka honey definition as specified in the valid GREX. For any further questions please emailmanuka.honey@mpi.govt.nz. Yours sincerely, The Food Assurance Team This email message and any attachment(s) is intended solely for the addressee(s) named above. The information it contains may be classified and may be legally privileged. Unauthorised use of the message, or the information it contains, may be unlawful. If you have received this message by mistake please call the
  7. Has anyone asked MPI as to why the 400 limit on the 3pla for multi? I would have thought it would have been relatively easy for them to explain the reasoning?
  8. Do you have any photos of the cardboard honey containers? Quite interesting
  9. I did a trap out last year. It takes a long time and makes the bees quite expensive. I did it because I was keen probably wouldn't again as tommy Dave said if they need to go poision and block the hole. Cutting them out is a good option if they want the tree gone aswell. I used a short bit of vac hose (250mm)and sealed it to hive entrance in the tree with plywood and s/s mesh. Drilled 3x 10mm holes close together in side of nuc box and put 3 of those small plastic button bee escapes on the inside and attatched vac hose on outside of nuc covering the holes. You have to make sure 100% any holes or possible other entrances in the tree are blocked as they will just use these instead. Good luck
  10. I haven't had to cut any cells from this hive and surprisingly there was hardly any cell cups. But I have since taken a box off and balanced a few other hives just in case as we would still be a couple months away from anything substantial coming in
  11. Without giving you only half the info. That hive got treated with 4 per box on the 12th and the 3rd box went on at the same time that's why there is some of those strips left in the top box and the other 8 are gone. Tommorow is 3 week wash. All hives were 0 or one on the 12th. By the end of the week I'll know how they are going
  12. I could always send you a qcage and prepayed courier box... but then I geuss the caging fee will be quite high
  13. Nah one of those boxes has now gone to help the "less fortunate" Top secret... much the same as what you are doing. Have got it in a few hives and was going to post info (prep, procedure,mite counts ect) in your Randy towel thread once I've done my next wash which is soon.
  14. Definitely replace that queen.. in fact just send her to me and I'll get rid of her for you
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