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BJC last won the day on February 12 2018

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  1. Understand all that but included in their findings where the impacts of OA ingestion. I thought it was food for thought and I have used the staples as recommended in 14 hives and they are in great condition right now, 11 out of 14 hadn't chewed the staples.
  2. Perhaps the answer is in one of the research papers Alastair provided "OAD is one of the most important organic acids used for the control of V. destructor. It is indispensable but must be dosed precisely and applied as seldom as possible to prevent sublethal damages which eventually lead to the loss of bees. Long disposition in the bee hive can cause accumulation of the acid and therefore induce further damage." Perhaps this is the reason there are some losses rather than the bees have an unhealthy disposition.
  3. Beekeepers HB Inc will be holding a tree planting morning at their community apiary on Prebensen Drive, Napier, opposite Mitre 10 / Farmlands. Please contact beekeepershbinc@gmail.com to establish what to bring. We need to ensure PPE is worn wear necessary and there will be some broom clearing and then we will be planting a number of native trees for bees that we hope will become a focus for the public. The community apiary has been established to support club members who live in an urban setting to place their hives in a socially acceptable setting and learn along with like minded club members. The hive sites cost $5 per year per member and club membership is $25 per year or $35 per year for a family membership.
  4. John Berry is once again hosting a healthy brood day, the day will kick off with a look at some of Johns hives identifying healthy brood and a the bee life cycle. Followed by a sausage sizzle and question time. Please remember to bring clean PPE and hive tools, no utes with gear that attracts bees.
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    Regular monthly meeting of Beekeepers HB Inc Thursday 3 October at 7 pm at Pakowhai Community Hall. Follow up from last months meeting concerns over Karin Kos statement that a pilot project addressing boundary stacking and overcrowding in Hawkes Bay has resolved the mystery behind the project and Club President Brian Cowper will provide his follow up after talking to Campbell Leckie from HBRC and Dennis Crowley Board Member of APINZ. Rod Williams of Hive World will present on what his company has to offer. Kath O'Halloran will present on her experiences in making a split last year. Dave Hills will present the last piece on the video from the Honey Competion in the UK and we will end with what we need to be looking for this month.
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    BHBI Club regular monthly meeting. Top of the agenda is discussion around members concerns of the CE Karin Kos comments in the September NZ Beekeeper about her, Dennis Crowley, a group of beekeepers and the HBRC establishing a small pilot project on boundary stacking that will inform where APINZ go with strengthening their code of conduct. Details of the project have been requested from the CE of APINZ but it is unlikely we will have a response by this evening. We will return to our proposed agenda once we have satisfied that discussion.
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    Club meeting 7 pm through to 8 pm at Papakowhai Hall. Members enjoyed a weekend at the Guthrie Smith Arboretum at Tutira north of Napier. The arboretum has an Education Centre with rudimentary accommodation for 38 people, the accommodation is designed by the Arboretum Trust as one step above camping. Members enjoyed a guided and insightful tour by Chris Ryan Arborist around the areas specifically planted for bees and Chris who has been a beekeeper shared his reasons for planting the many plants and trees especially for bees. Botanist Dr Linda Newstrom-Lloyd provided members with an understanding of the biology of flowers and the many varieties that are both easy and difficult for our pollinators to work and the reasons why. Linda discussed pollen as an essential food source to early bee development and some nutritional values of pollens, with some of our members capturing bees entering the hives David Hills brought along for the weekend. Kyle from Bee IQ presented his innovation for wasp management and his accompanying dialogue regarding wasp behaviour was very informative. Our Treasurer and experienced beekeeper David Hills led a presentation on AFB recognition and management culminating in members splitting into groups and reviewing scenarios for AFB Management. The weekend ended with Trevor Gillbanks delivering lively and well received presentations on Varroa Management , requeening and preparing for Spring. The weekend was judged by attendees and the Trust as enjoyable and fun. Thanks to everyone that made our first workshop a success.
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    Regular club meeting commencing 7 pm through to 8 pm with a couple of videos regarding overwintering and hefting hives followed by a discussion.
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    Regular club meeting this Thursday at 7 pm, Agenda includes a visit from Pat Coles of NZ Beeswax, a discussion on the importance of Pollen for bee health and a presentation by Brian Cowper on his recent trip to Slovenia and the Carniolan bees of the region.
  10. We have the same level of Harlequin ladybirds all looking for a place to stay
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    BHBI will be conducting a weekend workshop for members and other interested beekeepers at the Guthrie Smith Arboretum, Tutira, north of Napier. The workshop starts on the Friday evening of 19 July and runs through to lunchtime on the Sunday 21 July. The first session on Saturday morning will be conducted by Lynda Newstrom-Lloyd (Trees for Bees) and Chris Ryan who is the resident Arborist. The Arboretum has an Education Centre and bunk style accommodation for up to 50 and a well appointed Kitchen. Chris and his team have recently planted a hillside dedicated to bees and although nothing is likely to be flowering we will use the opportunity to share in Lynda and Chris's knowledge on why they have planted what they have and what to expect as both the trees and plants grow. The Arboretum can be viewed here http://www.guthriesmith.org.nz/ More to follow
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    Club Meeting on 2 May 2019 starting at 7 pm at Pakowhai Community Hall, Pakowhai Road, Pakowhai. Agenda includes a presentation from Deanna Corbett: "Your Bees and the Reverse Butterfly Effect" "Whether you're established or a new beekeeper, whether you see yourself as a part of the commercial industry or a solo hobbyist, neither you or your bees are immune to changes in the beekeeping environment and market in the last year or so. Let's have a look at what's changed, and why some very big picture events can impact your small backyard. We'll have a bit of crystal ball-gaze at what we expect to happen next, and what you can do to make sure your bees survive and thrive in a new landscape." Look forward to seeing you there.
  13. Great idea Tony and appreciate your openness about where your hives are at. My guess, and it is a guess, that there are many viruses lurking in our hives most of the time and it only becomes a problem when bee health is compromised, when does this happen, I have no idea other than the obvious signs. Like the rest of the living world really.
  14. I agree and it is a major concern of how rapidly they are spreading throughout the country, they are particularly aggressive and very resilient as I understand it.
  15. I don't have any Argentine Ants in any of my apiaries but I am aware of them being in others and the beekeepers are managing them with ant poison in small containers under the hive lids, they report some success with this and no effect on the bees.
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