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  1. heat treated aka flash heating. also can be combined with moisture removal. the moisture removal is the new thing.
  2. could be it got wet. condensation, rain blow in etc. we used to put a bit of water with it to start them off.
  3. not an issue if the honey is left on all the time. ran hives like for years when honey price was rock bottom. feed dry sugar and they will consume all the honey before touching the sugar and when flow turns on they ignore the dry sugar. treatment works fine with two boxes. after all there is tons of people who run double supers. the only problems arise is when the hive is very very weak and there is ways around that.
  4. easy enough to do in small scale, it gets difficult in large scale, and unless frames are marked you have no idea even if they did keep them in order. they could very easily say "sure no problem thats $ extra" and extract as per normal and you have no way to know if they did it or not. all it takes is broken frames and it all gets out of order and i usually deal with piles of broken frames. even for our medium setup it has something like 10-12 boxes worth in the machines at a time. the way i've seen it done is they mark all frames and boxes, so you can easily see which frames go with which box.
  5. that doesn't mean they won't have AFB tomorrow. thats the catch. it doesn't matter how good you are, as its the guys down the road that usually start the problem. however your practises can change it from a small problem to a big self inflicted problem. as i mentioned before i don't think thats quite true. its actually quite hard to infect a hive but feeding honey is an excellent way of doing it. as jamo mentions the years ahead are going to be interesting to say the least.
  6. if beeks keep short cutting things to much they made need one of those radiation units from oz to sterilize all the boxes. if hives get dumped and you start getting mite bombs, then afb can hide in the background and get a foothold.
  7. absolutely true. what i'm getting at is light infections do not always show symptoms so they are easily missed and that bees can clean up light infections. where as if you give them frames of honey the odds of infection go way up even with a light infection. the catch is inspections doesn't always find the light (or sub clinical) infections. so even with proper inspection you can be missing hives with afb. inspections are never fool proof as you mention with the example of missed infected box. traceability certainly helps but thats a big cost and usually only done if beek has a major afb problem.
  8. i've had afb hives that have almost gotten to the point of being robbed out. i've heard of guys who lost large numbers of hive due to afb (which is where we got the afb from) so i'm sure there is people around who have seen it. quite possibly the AP2's that have been involved in some of the AFB write ups in the bee mag (eg 80% of a beek hives infected). so no the cure is certainly cheaper than the disease.
  9. https://www.trademe.co.nz/business-farming-industry/farming-forestry/beekeeping/listing-2348286347.htm @AFB PMP Management Agency
  10. feel free to ask @AFB PMP Management Agency their thoughts on it. its a bad practise because its easy to slip up and cause a massive problem. reusing wet honey boxes imho is a lesser risk. thats down to quantity of honey left in it. its very easy for bees to clean those boxes up and consume everything, and not feed it to the young which is where the afb infection takes place. thats with low level afb which may not have any symptoms, which is the most likely case of you missing it during inspection.. with high levels then the risk is the same. if you need to feed honey, the easy way (which we did when honey dropped to $2/kg) is to simply leave it on the hive. that way your not spreading anything.
  11. please tell me your not feeding honey back to hives
  12. flowering depends on what type. they can have different times. also there is large amount of planted manuka about which can vary greatly. however just because it flowers doesn't mean you get anything. spring weather here is temperamental, there can be competing sources and there is tons and tons of competing beeks. i'ts not a good manuka aera and with the new rules i don't know how much of it will even pass.
  13. normal. actually its been one of the better willow flows.
  14. "Beehive frames infected with American Foulbrood disease dumped at Northland transfer station" https://www.nzherald.co.nz/northern-advocate/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503450&objectid=12272701 "Beehive frames infected with the devastating American Foulbrood disease dumped at a Northland transfer station has put nearby hives at risk and angered those in the industry. It's believed the 40 diseased frames, that were stuffed inside Ballance fertiliser bags, were dumped late on Wednesday at the Kokopu Transfer Station, west of Whangārei."
  15. you have no cells on the foundation so they treat it as a wall.
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